A street circuit laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine around the harbour of the principality of Monaco. It is commonly referred to as “Monte Carlo” because it is largely inside the Monte Carlo neighborhood of Monaco.

The circuit is annually used for Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, Formula 2 and Formula E Monaco ePrix or Historic Grand Prix of Monaco.

The Monte Carlo harbour during the days of the Formula One race

The building of the circuit takes six weeks, and the dismantling after the race another three weeks. The race circuit is narrow, with many elevation shifts and tight corners. Due to the tight and twisty nature of the circuit, there is very little overtaking as the course is so narrow and dangerous.

The idea for a Grand Prix race around the streets of Monaco came from Antony Noghès, the president of the Monegasque motor club, Automobile Club de Monaco. The inaugural race was held in 1929 and was won by William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti.

William Grover-Williams winning the first-ever Monaco Grand Prix 1929
Circuit de Monaco 1931 / Bibliothèque nationale de France – Image source

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