The 2015 Monaco GP preview: Everything you need to know
It's your one-stop guide to F1's most glamorous event
By William Esler
Last Updated: 20/05/15 3:41pm
F1 returns to the streets of Monaco for arguably the most famous race of them all.
Set around the harbour in the principality on the Cote d'Azur, the world’s rich and famous have docked their yachts for what is a week-long event and the only race where bars spill out onto the circuit with tables and chairs in the evening.
So read on below as Sky Sports Digital provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.
The 2015 Monaco GP in a nutshell
Track: Circuit de Monaco. Street circuit.
Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday (2pm local).
Track length: 3.337 km (3 metres shorter in 2015).
Tyre allocation: Soft (yellow) and Supersoft (red).
DRS Zones: One (Pit Straight).
Driver steward: Tom Kristensen.
Lap record: Michael Schumacher - 1:14.439 (Ferrari, 2004).
2014 pole: Nico Rosberg - 1:15.989 (Mercedes).
Sky Sports F1’s schedule - the Monaco GP is live only on Sky F1
Wednesday May 20
2pm - Drivers’ Press Conference - Live!
Line-up: Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Valtteri Bottas, Jenson Button, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean.
5pm - Drivers’ Press Conference - Replay.
8.45pm - Paddock Uncut.
9pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1993.
9.40pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1994.
Thursday May 21
8:45am - Monaco GP Practice One - Live!
11am - GP2 Practice - Live.
12:45pm - Monaco GP Practice Two - Live!
3:10pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live.
4pm - Team Principals’ Press Conference.
Line-up: Toto Wolff, Christian Horner, Cyril Abiteboul, Bob Fernley, Franz Tost and Paul Hembery.
5pm - The F1 Show - Live!
Friday May 22
10:10am - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
5pm - The F1 Show - Monaco Special - Live!
6pm - Tales from the Vault - Monaco special.
7pm - Classic Races - Monaco 2003.
Saturday May 23
9:45am - Monaco GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm - Monaco GP Qualifying - Live!
3:05pm - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
8:20pm - Ted’s Qualifying Notebook.
Sunday May 24
11:30am - The 2015 Monaco GP - Track Parade - Live!
12pm - The 2015 Monaco GP - Pit Lane - Live!
12:30pm - The 2015 Monaco GP - Race - Live!
3:30pm - The 2015 Monaco GP - Paddock Live!
6:15pm - Monaco GP highlights.
7:15pm - Ted’s Notebook.
Nico Rosberg repeated his 2013 feat by winning the Monaco GP for a second time last year. Fernando Alonso is the only other current driver to have taken victory on the streets of Monte Carlo on multiple occasions. Both, though, are a long way short of Ayrton Senna’s record of six wins in the principality
2014 result: 1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull); 4. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 5. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India); 6. Jenson Button (McLaren); 7. Felipe Massa (Williams); 8. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 9. Jules Bianchi (Marussia); 10. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren).
Last five winners in Monaco: 2014: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2013: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2012: Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2010: Mark Webber (Red Bull).
Pirelli’s supersoft compound makes its first appearance of the 2015 season as the weekend’s ‘option’ tyre. The red-marked rubber has been revised for this year. As usual, the soft tyre serves as the 'prime' compound on a Monaco track which is the least abrasive of the whole season.
"The supersoft is the only P Zero tyre to have a brand new compound for this year, created to offer even greater resistance to graining and blistering," Pirelli explained. "One of the key evolutions on all the tyres this year has been optimisation of the footprint pressure and temperature distribution. This presents a more even contact with the asphalt, improving grip and handling: vital attributes on the streets of Monaco.
Sky Bet odds
Nico Rosberg may be the defending two-time race winner in Monaco, and the victor of the last 2015 event in Spain, but it's his team-mate Lewis Hamilton who is again favourite for the race win with Sky Bet. The world champion is priced at 4/5, with Rosberg at 11/10. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is third favourite. Click here for the full range of odds.
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