At an average speed of 96.654 mph (155.551km/h) – Alonso’s 2007 win was achieved – and that was the fastest winning speed in Monaco history. And at the first race in 1950 came the slowest winning speed – 61.329 mph (98.700 km/h) though in the same event Juan Manuel recorded the joint highest winning margin in Monaco history - which was 1 whole lap. Also Denny Hulme and Graham Hill won by a lap, in 1967 and 1964 respectively. In 1992, the winning margin which was the smallest came when Ayrton Senna who has beaten Nigel Mansell by just 0.217s.
- For the most Monaco podiums Barrichello holds the record without a win which is 5. For most Monaco pole positions, double world champion Jim Clark holds the record without winning the race and that is 4. And for the most laps led in Monaco, Nigel Mansell holds the record without ever winning – hundred and four. Michael Schumacher who is a 5-time Monaco winner – holds the record which is 435, for the most laps led in the Principality.
- Perhaps it is unsurprising that 9 of the past 10 races have been won from extremity position as overtaking is so difficult at Monaco even if you take in consideration Monaco Grand Prix hospitality (the only outlier was Hamilton’s win from 3rd on the grid in 2008). But, at the venue pole hasn’t always been so important – actually, the pole sitter has only emerged victorious twenty eight times in sixty one races.
- For winning from the lowest grid slot, Olivier Panis holds the record by having triumphed from fourteenth on the grid in 1996. And also the same race featured the lowest number of cars running at the flag – just 4. Incidentally, Olivier is one of 3 drivers whose only career wins came at Monaco. And the other 2 are Jarno Trulli in 2004 and Jean-Pierre Beltoise in 1972.
- In Formula One history 2 drivers have represented Monaco – Louis Chiron and Olivier Beretta. In 1950 Chiron took his 1 and only F1 podium finish on home soil, finishing 3rd behind Alberto Ascari and Fangio. And if you didn’t know with aged fifty he stays the 2nd oldest F1 podium finisher.
- On the calendar At 3.35 km, Monaco isn’t just the shortest circuit, also it can boast the sport’s tightest, slowest corner. Turn six – the hairpin – is taken at around 31 mph (50 km/h) and requires the drivers to apply highest steering lock in order to make it around.
- The safety car has a tendency to make frequent appearances in Monaco which is not surprisingly given the nature of the circuit. Actually, 10 of the last fifteen races have featured 1 or more safety-car periods. And the last year there were 2, both the result of collisions: the 1st when Sergio Perez collided and spin with Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil, and the 2nd when Sutil lost control coming out of the tunnel and – terrible news – crashed at the chicane.