Why is Monaco Grand Prix practice on Thursday?

Monday, 21 may 2018, 02:00 , by Matthew Scott

The Monaco Grand Prix is the most famous race in Formula 1, dripping with glitz, glamour and no shortage of tradition. The event has several quirks which are unique, including the placing of F1 practice sessions on the Thursday, but why are things moved forward a day in Monaco? Here's why.

The Monaco GP was traditionally staged on the weekend of Ascension Day, which is a public holiday in Monte Carlo.

Although the importance of the religious festival has waned over time, and no longer has a bearing on the GP's schedule, F1 still appears to respect the day off on Friday, but why?

Remember that the Circuit de Monaco is made up completely of roads in the principality, which are mostly shut to the public over the race weekend.

This causes obstruction to both the native public and businesses, so reopening the track at certain times allows shops and hotels to replenish their stocks, as well as locals to travel at their will.

The roads are not completely opened on the Friday, as support races use the track in the morning.

However, it is common to see road cars and trucks take to the 'circuit' on Friday afternoons, as well as during the nights.

Below is the full timetable for the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix weekend.


MONACO GP TIMETABLE (All times local)

Thursday May 24

08:00-08:45: Eurocup Formula Renault Practice
09:15-10:00: Formula 2 Practice
11:00-12:30: Formula 1 Practice 1
13:20-13:36: Formula 2 Qualifying (Group A)
13:44-14:00: Formula 2 Qualifying (Group B)
15:00-16:30: Formula 1 Practice 2
17:15-18:00: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice

Friday May 25

07:55-08:25: Eurocup Formula Renault Qualifying A
08:33-09:03: Eurocup Formula Renault Qualifying B
10:00-10:30: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying
11:30-12:35: Formula 2 Race 1

Saturday May 26

10:00-10:30: Eurocup Formula Renault Race 1
12:00-13:00: Formula 1 Practice 3
15:00-16:00: Formula 1 Qualifying
17:20-18:20: Formula 2 Race 2

Sunday May 27

10:30-11:05: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race
12:00-12:30: Eurocup Formula Renault Race 2
13:40-14:10: Formula 1 Track Parade
15:10-17:10: Formula 1 Grand Prix

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Comments (9)

  • Vernon Naicker
    Monaco is a social event, a publicity stunt for the sports organisers, stars and sponsors and their rich and famous fans. It's not a race on Sunday but a boring circulation with no real overtaking possible unless you wish to risk a barrier, wall or competitor.... pathetic.
  • William S. Gatlos Jr
    Because of a major party that's in Monaco every year for the Formula 1 race! I wish I could go there and hang out with all the beautiful people
  • Laz Till
    So they dont get distracted by the scenic views lol
  • Demetris Theocharis
    Everyone is getting pissed on a Friday
  • Patrik Nordberg
    Peter Söderlund hittar du nån ledig plats?
  • Joerg Micheel
    Richard Micheel
  • Laz Till
    It's Monaco ....
  • Jason Norris
    Warren D'cruz

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