If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to sit at Monaco, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve created the circuit guide below to be as helpful as possible in advising you to pick a place to watch the next Monaco Grand Prix from. We’ve taken into account the best place for overtaking, likely place for spins and crashes, the best atmosphere and proximity to the facilities. It’s all covered and we’ve ranked it in order of our personal opinion.
#1 Casino Square
Opposite the world famous Monte Carlo Casino, Casino Square is a very popular area for spectators. Sweeping past the front of the casino after the Massenet corner, drivers then make a right-hand turn at speeds of around 125km/h. Casino Square is overlooked by tribune B, a medium sized grandstand at one of the most desirable parts of the circuit. A TV screen means spectators not only get a stunning view of the Casino but can also watch the rest of the race action.
Overlooked directly by the biggest tribune at the Monaco GP, Tabac corner is a 155km/h left-hand turn into the first ‘S’ of the Piscine. The grandstand here, tribune K, enjoys unrestricted views of the beautiful harbour and is a very popular spot for spectators. There is also a screen at this corner, to watch the rest of the race action.
Tribunes L, M, N, O and P
The Piscine swimming pool complex has two chicanes – a fast one on the entrance and a slower one on the exit. It is at the centre of the Monaco Harbour and is surrounded by spectacular views across the bay. Overlooked by tribunes L, M, N, O and P, this is where most of the spectators view the race from.
The view from Tribune L
Tribune L is at the exit of the chicane and overlooks the pit lane, so spectators can enjoy the pit lane action as well as being close to the race. There is also a screen, so really you won’t miss a thing.
The view from Tribune N – and O & P
Tribunes N, O and P are right at the centre of Monaco Harbour. They enjoy a full view of both parts of the Piscine section. Built on a harbour pier, these grandstands are above water and surrounded by water with excellent views and also benefitting from a large screen.
#4 Anthony Noghes
The last corner before the start/finish line, Anthony Noghes is a very popular corner with spectators. Overlooked by tribune V, this small grandstand with a screen to watch the rest of the race is always one of the first to sell out. It is an 80km/h right-hand turn for the drivers, leading up to the start/finish straight. It is also directly opposite the pit lane entrance. From Anthony Noghes, spectators can enjoy an excellent view of the pre-race build-up, get an up close view of the drivers walking up from the F1 paddock and have a privileged view of the start, and of course end, of the race. The Anthony Noghes corner is arguably one of the most exciting places to be for the Monaco GP.
#5 La Rascasse
Just before the pit lane entrance, La Rascasse corner is the second to last corner of the race and follows on from the Piscine and the straight along the docks of the harbour. It is overlooked by the large tribune T, which enjoys a screen to watch the rest of the race, as well as great views of the harbour. Tribune T is also directly opposite the pits, so spectators get a privileged view of the exciting pit stops.
#6 Mirabeau Bas / Portier
At the exit from the hairpin turn of Loews corner, Mirabeau Bas is yet another tight, right-hand turn. Drivers cut across the public pavement on the inside to gain lap time, being careful not to be too greedy which can unsettle the car. Mirabeau Bas is partially overlooked by tribune C, a small grandstand opposite the entrance to the tunnel.Portier corner is directly opposite the tunnel entrance. This is a very important corner, because the drivers need to keep up a good speed as the tunnel is really the only opportunity for overtaking at the Monaco GP. Drivers will be at speeds of around 90km/h for this right-hand turn. Tribune C is a small grandstand that enjoys a perfect view of Portier Corner and watches the cars disappear into the darkness of the tunnel.
#7 Sainte Devote
This is the first corner after the start/finish straight. Sainte Devote is a narrow corner and drivers have to break from around 270km/h right down to 90km/h to filter through this right-hand turn. The small tribune A1 is located inside the Sainte Devote corner and enjoys a great view of the start and finish of the race. Many first lap incidents also happen at this corner so spectators can expect prime viewing of some of the most exciting parts of the race. There is no TV in view from here however so pack your FM radio or invest in a FanVision set!
#8 Start/Finish Straight
Tribune X1 and X2
A very exciting part of the track, the start/finish straight sees a lot of the action and is therefore home to most of the VIP terraces at the Monaco GP – Albatros, Heracles, Caravelle and Ermano (the other VIP terrace, Beaurivage, is located just after the Sainte Devote corner along the straight into the Massenet corner). Tribunes X1 and X2 enjoy a view of the start/finish straight and the Anthony Noghes Corner. Located opposite the pits, these desirable seats have an excellent view over the action at Monaco GP and can also see the drivers making their way up from the F1 paddock, during the pre-race build up. Most importantly, these tribunes have a great view of the end of the race, as the drivers exit the last corner and cross the finish line. X2’s views are a little better, being closer to the start/finish line than X1.
General Admission and standing areas in Monaco
If you are on a budget, why not consider the following two options for your Monaco GP tickets.
Exiting the tunnel, drivers are faced with the Nouvelle Chicane, running alongside the harbour. Nouvelle Chicane is followed by a short straight into Tabac corner and can be seen from the large tribunes K and Z1. Z1 has the best view of the Nouvelle Chicane but is a general admission area with no reserved seating. Spectators should get here early for the best view along here.
Rocher General Admission
The Rocher general admission area offers partial views of the harbour area, sections of the Piscine and Anthony Noghes corner. Vision is however, very restricted here and since it is really a steep, rocky slope, it is advisable to bring chairs and get there very early for the best views! Tickets can be very cheap though, so if you can get the best spots it could be great value for money. It is possible to see the screen for tribune V, but again, the view is restricted based on the space you can reserve for yourself on the day.
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