2023 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix

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Who will win the 2023 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix?

  • Max Verstappen

    Votes: 137 47.2%
  • Sergio Perez

    Votes: 13 4.5%
  • Fernando Alonso

    Votes: 90 31.0%
  • Lance Stroll

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Charles Leclerc

    Votes: 15 5.2%
  • Carlos Sainz

    Votes: 2 0.7%
  • Lewis Hamilton

    Votes: 10 3.4%
  • George Russell

    Votes: 2 0.7%
  • Kevin Magnussen

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Nico Hulkenberg

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Pierre Gasly

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Esteban Ocon

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Yuki Tsunoda

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Nyck De Vries

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Valtteri Bottas

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Zhou Guanyu

    Votes: 3 1.0%
  • Logan Sargeant

    Votes: 1 0.3%
  • Alexander Albon

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Lando Norris

    Votes: 5 1.7%
  • Oscar Piastri

    Votes: 2 0.7%

  • Total voters
    290
The crown jewel in Formula One's crown, the Monaco Grand Prix is next on the 2023 calendar. After an unplanned break, teams will be anxious to set the pace on this irregular circuit.
Image credit: Formula E on Newspress

The end of May was supposed to mark the beginning of Formula One's first triple-header of 2023. But with torrential flooding cancelling the Imola event, the paddock has hot-footed it across the border into Monaco for what is arguably the most unique event on the sport's calendar.

Winding through ancient streets sided by rock-hard metal barriers, the Monaco Grand Prix is always a spectacle to watch, especially on Saturday. This unique circuit may not produce spectacular racing, but thanks to its challenging layout, qualifying is always worth the watch.

Upgrades in Monaco​

One major problem teams are facing following the cancellation of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola is the lack of running with new upgrades. Many teams, including Mercedes had planned to trial significant upgrades on the Italian circuit. However, with that event now lost, it will be a tough decision as to whether they run the new pieces in Monaco or not.

Whilst they surely want to improve their cars as early as possible, Monaco is a circuit different to any other. An upgrade that works at most Formula One venues may not work at Monaco. Whilst a design that shows performance at Monaco may not correlate with the rest of the calendar. Risking this confusion when flying within a hair's width of the barriers is dangerous business. If a driver were to break a new part without providing enough data to ensure it works, it would set their car's development back weeks and take a large chunk out of the cost cap budget.

Sidepods ready for the 2023 Mercedes F1 car at Monaco - Image credit: Simon Lazenby on Twitter


To run or not to run upgrades at Monaco is a big question. Mercedes is one team that will be anxious to trial its latest improvements given the change's sizeable nature. Journalists and photographers in the pitlane today have been left in awe at new Mercedes flanks featuring pronounced sidepods. Whether or not this change radically improves the team's car will be an interesting topic of conversation this weekend.

A different order?​

As F1 press won't let the community forget, Monaco is a unique race on the F1 calendar. In fact, it's not really a race at all. By the time we get to Sunday, the final race result is pretty much confirmed given overtaking is seemingly impossible. Bar the odd driver error or poor show of reliability, the result at the end of qualifying remains until the end of the race.

As a result, it is crucial to maximise one's qualifying pace. This also means that the order could see a shake up this weekend. Throughout the season, we've seen the top four teams be much closer on a Saturday than a Sunday. That, coupled with the unique layout characteristics mean the race win is absolutely up for grabs.

In his podium interview at Miami, Fernando Alonso mentioned Monaco as the possible location for his elusive 33rd F1 race win. Considering the Aston Martin's strength in lower-speed corners, this is entirely plausible. But when one considers the likes of Leclerc's super human qualifying pace and the Red Bull invincibility, one can truly get excited about Saturday afternoon's sessions.

How to watch the Monaco Grand Prix?​

In the past, the Monaco Grand Prix weekend featured particularities far greater than its layout. In fact, up until 2021, the first two practice sessions would take place on a Thursday rather than their typical slot on a Friday. This left a gap in proceedings on Fridays for drivers to complete media commitments and have a break.


However, in 2022 that all changed. Whilst many attempt to claim that the changes to tradition are in a bid for Formula One's organisers to take back control of the event from the Automobile Club de Monaco, that simply isn't the case. With triple headers coming as a result of the increasing number of races per season, something had to budge. The shortened weekend gives teams more time to prepare and rest between the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and Monaco.

With plenty going on during the weekend, you won't want to miss a second of on-track action. To ensure you stay up to speed with all the goings on, European fans can follow sessions live from the F1 TV app. British F1 enthusiasts however must make do with the Sky Sports F1 coverage or Channel 4 highlights.

The twenty F1 cars will take on the legendary Monaco street track this weekend for multiple sessions. Find all the times below:

Friday:​

FP1: 13:30 CEST - 14:30 CEST
FP2: 17:00 CEST - 18:00 CEST

Saturday:​

FP3: 12:30 CEST - 13:30 CEST
Qualifying: 16:00 CEST - 17:00 CEST

Sunday:​

Monaco Grand Prix: 15:00 CEST - 17:00 CEST

Will you watch the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix? Who are you cheering for?
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Literally the size of the cars on this circuit is just silly.
It is... but that is the same for everyone, it shows in any case that it is an art to be here quickly ;)
besides that the porsche super cup also drives here, Monaco is Monaco
 
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Monaco divides opinion every year, but it has to stay on the F1 calendar.

However, indeed the track does highlight the sheer scale of these vehicles when comparing to races from say 15yrs ago.

It was always extremely difficult to challenge for position here, but now they have more chance of getting hit by lightning.
 
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What a pressure poll wow Verstappen good job same as old boss Alonso very enjoy the qualy. Perez that was no good.
Special note to Occon :thumbsup:
 
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You must be joking. Nobody I know wants this. Why would it be one of the Triple Crown races?
Not why WOULD it be a triple crown race, it IS a triple crown race. The reason is timing. Last Weekend in May corresponds to Memorial Day weekend in the USA where the Indy 500 and Charlotte 600 are running. Since 3 major races all occur on the same day...it falls into the Triple Crown category.
 
That third sector is the most perfect driving I have seen in any motorsport category ever, had he drived any faster he would had crash. Milimeter perfect sector. Mind blowing.
 
Max's Q3 final sector was simply jawdropping, no denying that (those were some "win it or bin it" moves from the swimming pool to the final corner), but IMO Fernando was the best driver of today...man is closer to 42 years old, not in a Red Bull, but lost pole by only 8 hundredths to Max and just edged out Leclerc...both of whom are what, 15+ years younger?

Performances like that make me wonder if Alonso is somehow in his prime now, or if he'd have the edge on Verstappen if he were in his 20's or if the Aston Martin was on par to the RB performance-wise.
 
Max's Q3 final sector was simply jawdropping, no denying that (those were some "win it or bin it" moves from the swimming pool to the final corner), but IMO Fernando was the best driver of today...man is closer to 42 years old, not in a Red Bull, but lost pole by only 8 hundredths to Max and just edged out Leclerc...both of whom are what, 15+ years younger?

Performances like that make me wonder if Alonso is somehow in his prime now, or if he'd have the edge on Verstappen if he were in his 20's or if the Aston Martin was on par to the RB performance-wise.
The Aston martin is the green Redbull, nothing takes away from Alonso's performance, Lewis can learn something from it,, since he is also at an age and multiple wtcc champion Alonso is certainly able to challenge Max.. but on the normal circuits they fall short in terms of speed. At Monaco speed is nothing it's all about driving skills, even Ocon had a shot at pole
 
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