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Formula 1: Everything you need to know about 2024 Monaco GP

Published at :May 24, 2024 at 4:14 PM
Modified at :May 24, 2024 at 4:14 PM
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Arpit Anand

After racing at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the Formula 1 paddock prepares itself for the second race of the European series. Monaco GP, home to opulent billionaires and glamorous lifestyles, will be hosting its 81st iconic race.

For the eighth race of the 2024 F1 season, the drivers will be competing on the city streets of Monte Carlo. The race is considered mythical, with the pilots dreaming of conquering the circuit of the principality.

One of the oldest races on the calendar, Monaco’s stories have only grown over the years, from the charm of Stirling Moss in 1961 to the dominance of Ayrton Senna in the early 1990s.

With the exciting buzz in the air about the Monaco GP 2024, here is everything you need to know about the Grand Prix.

A Brief Overview of the Monaco GP

The Monaco Grand Prix, which was held for the first time in 1929, is recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious racing events. In fact, together with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it completes the Triple Crown of Motorsports.

This prestigious event will be contested on the Circuit de Monaco. Racing through the streets of Monte Carlo, the drivers will cover a little over 260 km during the time course.

Interestingly, the Monaco GP is the only race on the F1 calendar that does not follow the FIA’s 305 km minimum race distance rule.

The Monaco circuit is one of the most challenging technically demanding street circuits in F1 filled with distinctive corners.

McLaren tribute to Ayrton Senna

McLaren will compete in the Monaco GP in their special livery paying tribute to the F1 legend, Ayrton Senna. This is done in respect to 30 years of his death in Imola.

The one-off livery will feature the same colours as Senna’s iconic helmet- yellow, green and blue.

Senna is popularly remembered as the ‘King of Monaco’. In addition to the livery, the McLaren drivers will also race in a Senna-inspired kit this weekend. 

But that’s not it. McLaren has also revealed a one-off version of the Senna road car named ‘Senna Sempre’. 

CEO of McLaren Racing Zak Brown stated, “The team is proud to recognise and celebrate the extraordinary life and racing legacy of Ayrton Senna through this McLaren livery.”

When is the race?

The final race of Monaco GP 2024 will take place on Sunday, 26 May 2024. Free Practice 1 is scheduled to take place on 24 May 2024. It will be followed by the second practice race, Free Practice 2. 

Free Practice 3 and the Qualifying race will be hosted on 25th May 2024. Saturday’s qualifying race will be important as it will decide the final grid for the race.

The final race of the Monaco GP 2024 will take place on 26 May 2024.

Free Practice 124 May 20245:00 pm – 6:00 pm IST
Free Practice 224 May 20248:30 pm – 9:30 pm IST
Free Practice 325 May 20244:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST
Qualifying25 May 20247:30 pm – 8:30 pm IST
Race26 May 20246:30 pm – 8:30 pm IST

Weather Forecast for the Monaco GP 2024

The 2023 Monaco GP saw a sudden shower during the race which caused chaos among the drivers. Due to the intense rain drivers were seen hitting the barriers, sliding off the track or were forced to make emergency pit stops. 

This year’s weather will play a significant role in the weekend race.


The weekend will kick off with cloudy weather and temperatures around 18°C. however, in the afternoon there’s a 50% chance of rain with potential stormy conditions.


Saturday’s weather conditions seem to get worse with rain and storm predicted for the day. The chances of precipitation are between 50% to 70% and the temperature will range between 17°C to 18°C.


Race day weather looks more promising as compared to other days. Current predictions suggest a sunny start, with clouds gathering in the early afternoon but no rain expected. Temperatures will be slightly warmer, reaching around 20°C.

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