The treasured jewel in Formula 1’s crown and one of the world’s most famous sporting events – the Monaco Grand Prix – plays host to the sixth round of the 2013 season, exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 HD.
An ever-present on the Formula 1 calendar, the famous street circuit and its luxurious backdrop annually delivers one of the most eagerly anticipated events in world motorsport.
Sky Sports F1 is pulling out all the stops to give viewers the ultimate race weekend experience as it screens all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race exclusively live. Free-to-air highlights of qualifying and the race will be shown on BBC One.
The Monte-Carlo track may have the slowest average speed of any circuit on the calendar but the proximity of the barriers and the lack of run-off areas means it requires absolute focus and total commitment, especially as early in the weekend the surface is usually very slippery.
The winding nature of the track means the teams will bring their highest downforce aero configurations and tyre manufacturer Pirelli will supply its soft and supersoft tyres in order to maximise mechanical grip.
Beyond the need for downforce and good traction, the Monaco Grand Prix is all about driver skill.
This, coupled with the race’s history, makes it the one every racer wants to win.
In recent years that honour has gone to those wearing the colours of Red Bull Racing, with Mark Webber winning in 2010 and last year and Sebastian Vettel victorious in 2011.
The Red Bull driver made the most of claiming pole position by beating Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg into second place.
Whether that run of Red Bull will continue is anyone’s guess this weekend as teams, drivers and fans look to put behind the recent controversies over tyres and soak up and enjoy the unique Monaco Grand Prix experience.
Fernando Alonso comes into this race with momentum following his victory on home soil in Spain last time, which leaves him 17 points behind current leader Sebastian Vettel.
Pole position is, as always, of major importance in Monaco with all but two of the last 10 races being won from the front of the grid.
On that score, Mercedes look to be the form team, with Nico Rosberg on pole at the last two races and Lewis Hamilton in P1 at the start in China.
However, Fernando Alonso, energised by his recent home win at the Spanish Grand Prix, will undoubtedly fancy his chances of a third Monaco victory, while this season’s ‘Mr Consistency’ Kimi Raikkonen will no doubt be in the mix again come Sunday.
In truth, on a circuit where the influence of car superiority is significantly reduced, any one of a host of drivers could win F1’s most glittering prize.
You can follow all the action from the sixth round of the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship on Sky Sports F1 and BBC TV.SOTB’s Monaco Grand Prix viewing guide below:
Sky Sports F1 HD has exclusive live coverage all the on-track action at the this year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
With the event exclusively live on the channel for the first time, the Sky team are gearing up for seven live shows from Thursday afternoon onwards from the heart of the Principality, including all the practice sessions, qualifying and the race.
Simon Lazenby will present full coverage of the Thursday practice sessions, qualifying and the race itself, where he will be joined throughout the weekend by Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill, with analysis on the SkyPad from Anthony Davidson.
Ted Kravitz will have the latest news and reports and from the pit lane while Natalie Pinkham will interview the drivers.
Commentary on all sessions comes from David Croft, with Davidson joining him for the free practice sessions. Martin Brundle then takes over for both qualifying and the race.
As last year, two editions of Sky’s F1 Show will be broadcast direct from Monte Carlo, with the first following hot on the heels of Practice Two on Thursday afternoon and the second on Friday evening.
During F1’s four-day visit to Monaco, Sky’s coverage will have plenty of varied features lined up to take you inside the sport and give fans a taste of the glitz and glamour of the Mediterranean coast, including exclusive chats with Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg, who all call Monte Carlo home.
And that’s all before the main event itself – the 78 laps of the Monaco GP from 1.00pm live and exclusive on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday, where Mark Webber will be hoping to replicate his win from 12 months ago.
Add in the usual helping of live GP2 action, Press Conferences, Classic Races and the latest instalment in Sky’s Legends of F1 series with Steve Rider interviewing Gerhard Berger, Sky F1 has all the angles covered for the 2013 race weekend.
A host of interactive additions, including on-board cameras, pit-lane feeds, the latest race stats and much more available via the red button and the Sky Sports for iPad app.
For those who won’t be at home, every second of the drama from the Bahrain International Circuit can be seen via Sky Go.
The GP2 Series continues with the fourth round this weekend and the two races will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, with commentary from Will Buxton.
Tune into Sky Sports F1, the only place to catch every twist and turn of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend wherever you are.
.Wednesday 22nd May F1 Drivers Press Conference Featuring: Jules Bianchi, Jenson Button, Roman Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenburg, Adrian Sutil LIVE: 2.00pm-2.45pm – Sky Sports F1 Gear Up For Monaco 7.45pm-8.00pm – Sky Sports F1 Thursday 23rd May F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 1 | Start: 09:00 LIVE: 8.45am-10.55am – Sky Sports F1 GP2: Monaco – Practice | Start: 11:00 LIVE: 10.55am-11.35am – Sky Sports F1 F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 2 | Start: 13:00 LIVE: 12.45pm-3.00pm – Sky Sports F1 GP2: Monaco – Qualifying | Start: 15:15 LIVE: 3.10pm-3.55pm – Sky Sports F1 F1 Team Principals Press Conference Featuring: Bob Fearnley, Christian Horner, Paul Hembrey, Gerard Lopez, Franz Tost, Alain Prost Delayed: 4.00pm-4.45pm – Sky Sports F1 The F1 Show – Monaco Grand Prix Preview LIVE: 5.00pm-6.00pm – Sky Sports F1 Friday 24th May GP2: Monaco – Race 1 (Feature) | Start: 10:15 LIVE: 10.10am-11.35am – Sky Sports F1 The F1 Show – Monaco Grand Prix Preview LIVE: 5.00pm-6.00pm – Sky Sports F1 Saturday 25th May F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 3 | Start: 10:00 LIVE: 9.45am-11.10am – Sky Sports F1 F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying | Start: 13:00 LIVE: 12.00pm-3.05pm – Sky Sports F1 GP2: Bahrain – Race 2 (Sprint) | Start: 15:10 LIVE: 3.05pm-4.10pm – Sky Sports F1 Ted Kravitz’s Qualifying Notebook 9.05pm-9.20pm – Sky Sports F1 Sunday 26th May F1: Monaco Grand Prix – RACE | Start: 13:00 LIVE: 11.30am-4.00pm – Sky Sports F1 Legends of F1 – Gerhard Berger 4.00pm-5.00pm – Sky Sports F1 F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Highlights 7.00pm-8.30pm – Sky Sports F1
BBC TV will have free-to-air highlights of both qualifying and the race from the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix on BBC One and BBC One HD.
Suzi Perry introduces all the action from Monaco alongside David Coulthard, who will be on hand to provide lively analysis and discussion in the pits and paddock.
BBC One will broadcast peak-time extended highlights of the qualifying session on Saturday, May 25 at 5.35pm, with comprehensive race highlights the following day, also on BBC One, in the same 5.35pm slot (except Scotland).
Commentary comes from Ben Edwards and David Coulthard, with technical analysis direct from the pit-lane from Gary Anderson, while Lee McKenzie and Tom Clarkson will conduct interviews with the drivers and team personel.
McKenzie will also host the BBC’s preview programme Inside F1 on the BBC News Channel on Friday at 6.45pm.
The BBC Sport website will have live streaming of BBC One’s broadcasts, as well as additional video content including highlights of practice sessions, qualifying and the race, plus interviews and analysis.. Friday 24th April Inside F1 – Monaco Grand Prix Preview 6.45pm-7.00pm – BBC News Channel Saturday 25th May F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying HIGHLIGHTS: 5.35pm-6.50pm – BBC One Inside F1 – Monaco Grand Prix Preview 7.45pm-8.00pm – BBC News Channel Sunday 26th May F1: Monaco Grand Prix – RACE HIGHLIGHTS: 5.35pm-7.05pm – BBC One HIGHLIGHTS: 6.35pm-8.05pm – BBC Two Scotland
BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra will have live audio commentary from the Monaco Grand Prix.
Coverage begins with the usual pre-race weekend show 5 live Formula 1 on Thursday evening at 8pm.
James Allen will lead the commentary team for its live coverage of qualifying and the race on BBC 5 live alongside former grand prix driver Allan McNish.
Jennie Gow will be the pit-lane and paddock reporter gathering all the interviews and Gary Anderson will provide the latest technical analysis from the pits.. Thursday 23rd May F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 1 | Start: 09:00 LIVE: 8.55am-10.35am – BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 2 | Start: 13:00 LIVE: 12.55pm-2.35pm – BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra 5 live Formula 1 – Monaco Grand Prix Preview 8.00pm-9.00pm – BBC Radio 5 live Saturday 25th May F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 3 | Start: 10:00 LIVE: 9.55am-11.05am – BBC Sport Website F1: Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying | Start: 13:00 LIVE: 1.00pm-2.05pm – BBC Radio 5 live Sunday 26th May F1: Monaco Grand Prix – RACE | Start: 13:00 LIVE: 1.00pm-3.00pm – BBC Radio 5 live