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Monaco Grand PrixThe checkered flag drops on another exciting Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Traditionally, the race starts at noon local time. Televised US coverage of the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix race begins at 8AM ET and, new this year, moves from its original home on NBC to ESPN.

If you miss it, ABC will televise the race again at 3:30PM ET following live coverage of the Indianapolis 500 that same day.

In Canada, TSN is the traditonal home for all Formula 1 race coverage, and in the UK watch for live coverage on BBC beginning at 11AM local time.

Featuring a gritty street course through the narrow and winding streets of Monte Carlo, the Monaco Grand Prix provides the most challenging race in the annual Formula 1 circuit.

Port Hercule, Monaco
Millionaires who moor their yachts nearby have a front row seat as the race zooms past Monaco harbor.


The streets themselves become Monaco Grand Prix's major attraction, thrilling spectators with an up-close view of screaming engines as racers take the twisting 78-lap circuit for all it's worth.

The first Monaco Grand Prix was held on April 14, 1929. Since then, average race speeds have risen from 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour to almost 90 (142 kilometers) per hour.

Today, race fans attending the Monaco Grand Prix can still expect to rub shoulders with politicians, the rich and famous, and other celebrities who gather to see and be seen at one of the world's most glamorous and prestigious races.


DID YOU KNOW? Monaco Grand Prix fun facts

hairpin turn at Monaco
The infamous hairpin turn outside the Fairmont
Hotel along the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.

• The Monaco circuit is the shortest Grand Prix track on the calendar. It's also the most tight and twisty which means drivers must change gear an extraordinary 54 times per lap, or more than 4,200 changes over the course of the race. Just 42 percent of the lap is spent at full throttle.

• What's it take to turn the streets of Monaco into a race circuit? It includes 33 kilometres (20.5 miles) of safety rails, 20,000 square meters of wire catch fencing, 3,600 tires for tire barriers, and 1,000 tons of grandstand seating for spectators.

• The legendary Ayrton Senna leads the pack with most wins at Monaco, followed by Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill both with five. Other record holders include Alain Prost with four, and Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart with three wins.

• The Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans are considered the Triple Crown of racing. Only Graham Hill has won all three.

• Late to Monaco? Although hotels are booked solid in advance of the Monaco Grand Prix, last minute reservations can still be had for a king's ransom. Last minute hotel rooms and race tickets for the entire weekend will set you back about US$10,000.


More information about the Monaco Grand Prix around the Web:

Automobile Club de Monaco - The official site covering the history and excitement of one of the toughest street tracks on the Grand Prix circuit. In French and English.

Monaco Grand Prix - Wikipedia - A good read with a hyperlinked and detailed history on the subject with stats on times, laps and list of recent and past winners, photo, links.

BBC Sport | Formula 1 Circuit Guide - Monaco - A brief overview, related links, weather forecast, and featuring a very cool Flash presentation on the race course and its most hair-raising hairpin turns.

Formula 1 - Complete coverage of the Grand Prix with news features, pictures, TV images.

 

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