If there is only one circuit that represents what Formula 1 is all about, this is the one inside Monaco. ONE Big prize who doesn’t always put up good races, but whose qualifying pictures are second to none and when there is an exciting event it ends up being memorable.
This is one of the most historic tracks in the world because despite not being permanent it has been run ever since 1929 with various modifications to present.
A circuit of which curves they hide a lot historynot only because of what happened to them, but because of the names they receive.
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How many curves does the Monaco Formula 1 circuit have?
All in all, the Monaco circuit where Formula 1 is currently running has 19 curves. A set of turns that make up a 3.3 km routethe smallest of the entire calendar, but one of the essentials every year.
What are the curves of the Monaco Formula 1 circuit called?
The most classic tracks are special beyond the history they contain and that’s because, unlike the newer tracks, here the curves have names. Sometimes they get it for a famous person, either a pilot or historical figure, and sometimes for a nearby building or river.
In Monaco everything has a name and its 18 curves have a very special story. These are the names of all their spins:
- Curve 1: saint devotee
- Curve 2: beau rivage
- Turn 3: Massenet
- turn 4: Casino
- Turn 5: mirabeau high up
- Turn 6: pods
- Turn 7: mirabeau low
- turn 8: Porter
- Turn 9: Tunnel
- Curve 10 and 11: new chicane
- Row 12: Smoke
- Row 13: Louis Chiron
- Curve 14, 15 and 16: Pool
- Row 17 and 18: scratch it
- Row 18: Anthony Nogues
Why are the curves of the Monaco Formula 1 circuit called that?
It is one thing to mention the names and another to know their history. Monaco is one of the places where most things have happened after such a long time on the Formula 1 calendar, so it’s time to find out why each corner gets one name or another.
The first turn of the track starts by leaving aside the Church of Santa Devota. A place of worship located just a few meters from the curve to the right that begins the climb to the top of the route. Also, this Catholic saint is the patron saint of the city.
The translation from French would be “beautiful coast”, a way to emphasize the circuit’s wonderful location on the Mediterranean coast.
It is named after the French opera composer Jules Massenet, who has a freestanding monument just a few meters from this curve, at the gates of the Monaco Opera House.
One of the main reasons why Monaco is such a famous place (besides being a tax haven) is because of its gambling halls. Turn 4 of the track passes right by the Monte Carlo casino and the square of the same name.
mirabeau high and low
By the way these two curves (5 and 7) get their name thanks to the hotel of the same name located right in the area of the turn. The most twisted area of the layout covers the entire building.
Although the hotel de la fork changed its name a few years ago, its name holds sway among fans as one of the most iconic tours on the calendar.
From the French for “the goalkeeper” and which is also one of the neighborhoods near the circuit, right where turn 8 is just before the tunnel.
It doesn’t need much explanation why a turn through a passage under buildings is called a tunnel. One of the fastest and fastest sites.
These two successive curves were introduced in the 1986 version to reduce speed slightly and have a cleaner overtaking point. Its translation is new chicane, so there is no doubt.
Near this bend in the center of Monaco’s harbor is a small souvenir, gift and tobacco shop that gives its name to this iconic twist.
This little twist is named after Monegasque driver Louis Chiron, who achieved the first and only podium finish for a local driver in the 1950 Grand Prix with Maserati.
This turn between turns 14 and 16 literally surrounds a swimming pool that is part of the legendary Rainier III Navy Stadium. The construction of this area forced Formula 1 in 1973 to modify the layout to avoid the pool.
It means scorpion in French indigenous to the Mediterranean Sea. The reason the curve was given this name was because there used to be a small fishing bar with that name.
Previously, the layout was different at this point with a hairpin leading into the main straight. With its reconstruction in 1973, this turn was added, which takes its name from Anthony Noghès, creator of the circuit and the Monte Carlo Rally.