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DATE: Sunday, May 27th
SITE: Circuit de Monaco -- Monte Carlo, Monaco
TRACK: 3.340 km (2.075 miles) 19-turn temporary street course
CAPACITY: 120,000
ANNUAL: 59th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 78
MILES: 161.887 (260.520 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Sebastian Vettel, 2011 (1 minute, 13.556 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Fernando Alonso, 2007 (1 hr., 40 min., 29.329 sec.)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel16Lewis Hamilton9
2Fernando Alonso47Adrian Sutil15
3Jenson Button28Nick Heidfeld16
4Mark Webber39Rubens Barrichello12
5Kamui Kobayashi1010Sebastien Buemi17
2011 Monaco Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 120.574 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 9 minutes, 38.373 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.138 seconds
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 18
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 6
FASTEST LAP: Mark Webber, 1:16.234, Lap 78
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:13.556)
Past Monaco Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1st) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 120.574 kph/2:09:38.373
2010 -- Mark Webber (1st) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 141.814 k.p.h./1:50:13.555
2009 -- Jenson Button (1st) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 154.857 k.p.h./1:40:44.282
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton (3rd) -- McLaren -- 126.171 k.p.h./2:00:42.742
2007 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- McLaren -- 155.551 k.p.h./1:40:29.329
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Renault -- 150.707 k.p.h./1:43:43.116
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (1st) -- McLaren -- 148.582 k.p.h./1:45:15.556
2004 -- Jarno Trulli (1st) -- Renault -- 145.880 k.p.h./1:45:46.601
2003 -- Juan Pablo Montoya (3rd) -- Williams-BMW -- 152.772 k.p.h./1:42:19.010
2002 -- David Coulthard (2nd) -- McLaren -- 1:45:39.055
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:47:22.561
2000 -- David Coulthard (3rd) -- McLaren -- 1:49:28.213
1999 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:49:31.812
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (1st) -- McLaren -- 1:51:23.595
1997 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 2:00:05.654
1996 -- Olivier Panis (14th) -- Ligier -- 2:00:45.629
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Benetton -- 1:53:11.258
1994 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Benetton -- 1:49:55.372
1993 -- Ayrton Senna (3rd) -- McLaren -- 1:52:10.947
1992 -- Ayrton Senna (3rd) -- McLaren -- 1:50:59.372
1991 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren -- 1:53:02.334
1990 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren -- 1:52:46.982
1989 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren -- 1:53:33.251
1988 -- Alain Prost (2nd) -- McLaren -- 1:57:17.077
1987 -- Ayrton Senna (2nd) -- Lotus -- 1:57:54.085
1986 -- Alain Prost (1st) -- McLaren -- 1:55:41.060
1985 -- Alain Prost (5th) -- McLaren -- 1:51:58.034
1984 -- Alain Prost (1st) -- McLaren -- 1:01:07.740
1983 -- Keke Rosberg (5th) -- Williams -- 1:56:38.121
1982 -- Riccardo Patrese (2nd) -- Brabham -- 1:54:11.259
1981 -- Gilles Villeneuve (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:54:23.38
1980 -- Carlos Reutemann (2nd) -- Williams -- 1:55:34.365
1979 -- Jody Scheckter (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:55:22.48
1978 -- Patrick Depailler (5th) -- Tyrrell -- 1:55:14.66
1977 -- Jody Scheckter (2nd) -- Wolf -- 1:57:52.77
1976 -- Niki Lauda (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:59:51.47
1975 -- Niki Lauda (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:01:21.31
1974 -- Ronnie Peterson (3rd) -- Lotus -- 1:58:03.7
1973 -- Jackie Stewart (1st) -- Tyrrell -- 1:57:44.3
1972 -- Jean-Pierre Beltoise (4th) -- BRM -- 2:26:54.7
1971 -- Jackie Stewart (1st) -- Tyrrell -- 1:52:21.3
1970 -- Jochen Rindt (8th) -- Lotus -- 1:54:36.6
1969 -- Graham Hill (4th) -- Lotus -- 1:56:59.4
1968 -- Graham Hill (1st) -- Lotus -- 2:00:32.3
1967 -- Denny Hulme (4th) -- Brabham -- 2:34:34.3
1966 -- Jackie Stewart (3rd) -- BRM -- 2:33:10.5
1965 -- Graham Hill (1st) -- BRM -- 2:37:39.6
1964 -- Graham Hill (3rd) -- BRM -- 2:41:19.5
1963 -- Graham Hill (2nd) -- BRM -- 2:41:49.7
1962 -- Bruce McLaren (3rd) -- Cooper -- 2:46:29.7
1961 -- Stirling Moss (1st) -- Lotus -- 2:45:50.1
1960 -- Stirling Moss (1st) -- Lotus -- 2:53:45.5
1959 -- Jack Brabham (3rd) -- Cooper -- 2:55:51.3
1958 -- Maurice Trinigant (5th) -- Cooper -- 2:52:27.9
1957 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1st) -- Maserati -- 3:10:12.8
1956 -- Stirling Moss (2nd) -- Maserati -- 3:00:32.9
1955 -- Maurice Trinigant (9th) -- Ferrari -- 2:58:09.8
1954 -- Not Held
1953 -- Not Held
1952 -- Not Held
1951 -- Not Held
1950 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1st) -- Alfa Romeo -- 3:13:16.7
 
NOTE: Changed from 100 to 80 laps in 1968. Races 1973-74, 76, 85-88, 90-95,
98-present were 78 laps. 1975, 1978, 1996 races were 75 laps. 1977,
1979-83 races were 76 laps. 1989 race was 77 laps. 1984 race was
shortened to 31 laps. The 1997 race was only 62 laps. Due to inclement
weather, the 2008 race, scheduled for 78 laps, was stopped at two hours
(76 laps).
 
Past Monaco Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1st
2010 -- Mark Webber -- 1st
2009 -- Jenson Button -- 1st
2008 -- Felipe Massa -- 3rd
2007 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2006 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 1st
2004 -- Jarno Trulli -- 1st
2003 -- Ralf Schumacher -- 4th
2002 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 17th
2001 -- David Coulthard -- 5th
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 12th
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 3rd
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1st
1997 -- Heinz-Harald Frentzen -- 11th
1996 -- Michael Schumacher -- 17th
1995 -- Damon Hill -- 2nd
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 4th
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 2nd
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 11th
1987 -- Nigel Mansell -- 21st
1986 -- Alain Prost -- 1st
1985 -- Ayrton Senna -- 16th
1984 -- Alain Prost -- 1st
1983 -- Alain Prost -- 3rd
1982 -- Rene Arnoux -- 19th
1981 -- Nelson Piquet -- 8th
1980 -- Didier Pironi -- 11th
1979 -- Jody Scheckter -- 1st
1978 -- Carlos Reutemann -- 8th
1977 -- John Watson -- 14th
1976 -- Niki Lauda -- 1st
1975 -- Niki Lauda -- 1st
1974 -- Niki Lauda -- 12th
1973 -- Jackie Stewart -- 1st
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 3rd
1971 -- Jackie Stewart -- 1st
1970 -- Jackie Stewart -- 11th
1969 -- Jackie Stewart -- 9th
1968 -- Graham Hill -- 1st
1967 -- Jack Brabham -- 16th
1966 -- Jim Clark -- 8th
1965 -- Graham Hill -- 1st
1964 -- Jim Clark -- 4th
1963 -- Jim Clark -- 8th
1962 -- Jim Clark -- 10th
1961 -- Stirling Moss -- 1st
1960 -- Stirling Moss -- 1st
1959 -- Stirling Moss -- 7th
1958 -- Tony Brooks -- 15th
1957 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1st
1956 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 4th
1955 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 15th
1954 -- Not Held
1953 -- Not Held
1952 -- Not Held
1951 -- Not Held
1950 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Spanish Grand Prix (May 13th)
SITE: Circuit de Catalunya -- Barcelona, Spain
LAPS: 66
MILES: 190.825 (307.104 km)
WINNER: Pastor Maldonado
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
THIRD: Kimi Raikkonen
FOURTH: Romain Grosjean
FIFTH: Kamui Kobayashi
POLE WINNER: Pastor Maldonado (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 39 minutes, 9.145 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 185.837 k.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.195 seconds
Monaco Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Sebastian Vettel---------------5th13th2ndWon
Fernando Alonso5th12th4thWonWon10th7th6th2nd
Jenson Button---2nd---11th11th11thWon23rd3rd
Mark Webber17th16th3rd21st21st4th5thWon4th
Kamui Kobayashi---------------------19th5th
Lewis Hamilton------------2ndWon12th5th6th
Nico Rosberg---------19th12th16th6th7th11th
Pastor Maldonado------------------------18th
Romain Grosjean---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Lewis Hamilton - Started 24th on the grid and finished 8th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Fernando Alonso
Darkhorse - Heikki Kovalainen
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Mark Webber) - Finished 11th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Bruno Senna) - Finished 23rd
 
NOTES:
The sixth race of the Formula One calendar makes its yearly stop in Monte Carlo for the 59th staging of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Last year, two-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel recorded the fifth of 11 2011 victories en route to the championship.

Currently tied for the top spot with Fernando Alonso, Vettel captured this race for the first time in four tries, as he held off Alonso and Jenson Button in a fierce battle during the closing laps on the famed Monte Carlo street circuit.

He overcame a pit-road blunder early in the race when his Red Bull Racing crew was not fully prepared for his stop. The young German only pitted once during the 78-lap race. He traveled the last 62 laps around the tricky 2.075-mile (3.34-kilometer) circuit on prime tires.

Formerly the opening event on the F1 schedule, the Monaco GP features a rich history of past champions, including Michael Schumacher, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

In 2010, Mark Webber scored his second of four wins that year around the Circuit de Monaco, as he defeated Vettel by 0.448 of a second, leading all 78 laps.

Webber had to fend off Vettel on four restarts following the deployment of the safety car for various incidents, including a crash involving Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok four laps from the finish. Both drivers were not injured when Trulli's car went over Chandhok's vehicle. With the win, Webber became the second straight pole sitter to win in Monte Carlo.

Jenson Button dominated the 2009 race en route to his fifth win of that campaign. Button started on the pole and quickly broke away from the field on the opening lap. He gave up the lead briefly when he pitted twice during the 78-lap event. The Briton crossed the finish line 7.666 seconds ahead of his teammate, Rubens Barrichello, to give Brawn GP their third one-two finish of the year. Button, who won earlier this season, has 13 career F1 titles.

Starting third on the grid, Lewis Hamilton captured Formula One's most prestigious event in 2008, as he became the first Briton to win Monaco since Graham Hill in 1969. Hamilton, who posted his sixth career F1 title, crossed the finish line 3.064 seconds ahead of Robert Kubica.

Fernando Alonso became the first repeat champion in Monaco since Michael Schumacher in the mid 1990's, as he defeated Lewis Hamilton by four seconds. The win was the second of his 2007 campaign and 17th of his career. Alonso, who started on the pole for the second straight season, led the first 25 laps until his first pit spot. Hamilton inherited the lead, but when he stopped, Alonso was back in first. Once again, Alonso held the lead until lap 51 when he came in for the last time and Hamilton took the lead. Just two laps later Hamilton made his final pit spot and Alonso was back on top, a place he would not relinquish. With 10 laps remaining Alonso had his margin to over two seconds again. Hamilton was never able to pass his teammate though as Alonso crossed the finish line after a masterful performance.

When Alonso won in 2006, he posted a easy 14.5 seconds win over Juan Montoya for his fourth win of that season and the 12th of his career. Alonso's win total now stands at 28, including a victory this season in Malaysia.

Monaco is the most familiar two miles of race course in the world. The route that meanders through the streets of the European playground has changed little through a half century of racing. The Monaco Grand Prix brings the wealthiest people from all over the world together. It is set in the luxurious streets of Monte Carlo, and is one of the most traditional races on the calendar. The circuit winds its way through the streets, from Ste devote, it goes uphill to Casino square, then plunges back down to Mirabeau before heading into the Loews hairpin. The tunnel that leads to the harbor side chicane echoes with the roar of the V10 engines. This is one track where overtaking is virtually impossible.

The first race was run in 1929, and in 1950, it was second on the calendar, when 10 cars collided in a spectacular first lap accident, and Fangio raced on for the win. This track has so much history, it's hard to compress it in a few short sentences, but it goes without saying that this circuit is one that remains a favorite in many fans hearts, for many different reasons. It is a circuit based more on driver skill than the speed of the car.

In 2005, Kimi Raikkonen captured the Monaco Grand Prix, as he cruised to a 13.877 seconds win over Nick Heidfeld for his fourth career Formula One title. His 2005 triumph was one of seven titles that season. Starting on the pole, Raikkonen led from start to finish, as he won for the second straight race, having won in Spain the previous event.

Ayrton Senna was a six-time winner of this race, while Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher were five-time champions in Monaco. Schumacher was the last driver prior to Alonso to repeat as champion back in 1994-95.

The pole position is the place to be, as the front row spot has won the last three in Monaco and seven of the last eight. Since 1997, either starting first, second or third has won this race.

This is one of the shortest grand prix on the F1 calendar, but it features a total of more than 1000 corners in its 78-lap distance.

The 2012 Formula One season continues on June 10 with the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Jenson Button is the defending race winner.

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