The 78th Monaco Grand Prix 2021 roars into action on Thursday, 20 May, culminating with race day on Sunday, 23 May. Regarded as the most challenging Formula One race circuit, the Monaco Grand Prix is the most eagerly awaited and enthralling event on the principality’s annual events calendar.
Monegasques, in particular, are looking forward to cheering on racing driver Charles Leclerc who will be tackling this year’s race on home soil for Scuderia Ferrari. The legendary Monaco Grand Prix attracts thousands of spectators, and while this year numbers may be reduced due to the pandemic, the event promises to be just as captivating. Keep on reading to learn more about the Monaco Grand Prix 2021, including details about the event, the circuit, and Monegasque Formula One racing driver Charles Leclerc.
A highlight of Monaco’s annual event calendar, the principality buzzes with energy in the weeks leading up to this exhilarating event. Before the main race day on Sunday, the F1 calendar bursts into life with practice and qualifying sessions, support races, special events, and spectacular parties.
There are several ways to enjoy all the excitement of the Monaco Grand Prix 2021, from strategically placed grandstands, including overlooking the iconic Casino Gardens as well as the tight chicane, from luxury yachts moored in Port Hercules, or from terraces of prime residential real estate.
VIP viewing packages, both on private yachts and luxurious residential terraces, are available offering gourmet buffets, limitless Champagne, and flat-screen TVs so as you don’t miss any of the race-day action. Of course, those that own luxury Monaco property along the race circuit can enjoy all the action from the comfort of their own home.
The Monaco Grand Prix route is legendary and has remained largely unchanged since it was created in 1929. Weaving throughout the streets of Monaco, it is considered one of the most challenging and dangerous F1 circuits, with drivers battling hairpin bends – such as the famed La Rascasse - and short straights that demand exceptional skill over 78 laps. Nelson Piquet, a former Brazilian racing driver, famously described the track as “like riding a bicycle around your living room.”
Indeed, such is the race circuit design that the F1 Monaco Grand Prix favours skill over speed, making winning the Monaco Grand Prix the pinnacle of a racing driver’s career.
The 3.37-kilometre circuit laps around the districts of Monte Carlo and La Condamine. The route passes by some of Monaco’s most prestigious real estate, including the famed Monte Carlo Casino, Port Hercules, home to the world’s most extravagant superyachts, and Mareterra, Monaco’s new eco-district, which, once complete, will include super-prime real estate including exceptionally rare waterfront villas.
Monegasque Charles Leclerc kick-started his Formula One Career in 2018 with Alfa Romeo Sauber. This year, he’ll be racing alongside German racing driver Sebastian Vettel for the prestigious Scuderia Ferrari, adding an additional frisson of excitement to this year’s race.
Leclerc has steadily risen through the ranks and is now on track to become one of the world’s most celebrated racing drivers. In 2019 he won the Pole Trophy, becoming the world’s youngest driver to win this prestigious award. In the same year, Leclerc also won his first Italian Grand Prix.
Like most racing drivers, he started his racing career in karting, becoming French Champion in 2009 and winning the Monaco Kart Cup in 2010. In 2014 Leclerc moved to single-seater, dominating the 2017 season of FIA Formula 2. In 2016 he joined the Ferrari Driver Academy, where he made his F1 debut. In 2019 he was selected to drive the new Ferrari SF 90.
Will Leclerc emerge victorious? Join in all the excitement and watch the Monaco Grand Prix 2021!