From gear changes to corner speeds, and tips for our gaming community, our track guide is the home of F1 geekery.
|Track length||3.337km/2.074 miles (the shortest of the year - longest: Spa-Francorchamps)|
|2016 pole position||Daniel Ricciardo 1m22.000s|
|2016 fastest lap||Daniil Kvyat 1m17.939s (lap 71)|
|Lap record||1:14.439s (Michael Schumacher, 2004)|
|Distance to Turn One||210m/0.130 miles (shortest of season)|
|Longest straight||510m/0.317 miles (longest of the season: China, 1.17km/0.727 miles)|
|Top speed||295 km/h/183 mph, on the approach to Turn 10 (fastest of season: Monza, 350km/h/217mph)|
|Full throttle||50 per cent (highest of the season: Monza, 75 per cent)|
|Fuel consumption||1.5kg per lap, which is low. This racetrack has the lowest fuel effect of the year|
|Gear changes||48 per lap/3,744 per race|
Monaco is unique. It’s tight, it’s bumpy, there are lots of camber changes and there is very little run-off. The cars run softer suspension than anywhere else on the calendar and there are still idiosyncrasies specific to Monaco, such as reducing the turning circle of the car to get around the Fairmont Hairpin.
How to tell when a driver's really on it
He’ll use all the available track, but no more. If he’s using all of the kerbs at the Swimming Pool chicane, you’ll know he’s really on it.
Trickiest bits for the driver
1) Car positioning. There’s a barrier at corner entry, a barrier at the apex and a barrier at corner exit all the way around the lap; even the slightest mistake can result in an accident. 2) Traffic, particularly at the beginning of qualifying when there are 20 cars on-track. There is one car every three seconds around the lap.
Maximum downforce, soft suspension. The car needs to have a strong front end to give the driver confidence, but the number of corners means traction is also important.
Low. It’s a street track, so grip levels are low at the beginning of the weekend. As more rubber goes down on the racing line, grip levels increase and lap times improve.
Purple Ultrasoft, red Supersoft, yellow Soft – the third time this combination has been used in 2017.
Medium. There are 13 braking events around the lap.
Tips if you're a gamer
All of the corners are tricky, but the end of the lap can be particularly troublesome for the drivers. The Swimming Pool chicane is fast and requires lots of commitment; it’s then very easy to out-brake yourself into Rascasse, the penultimate corner. Watch out for traffic at Rascasse during qualifying because drivers often slow down there to put some distance between themselves and the cars in front.