Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine around the harbour of theprincipality of Monaco. It is commonly referred to as “Monte Carlo” because it is largely inside the Monte Carlo neighbourhood of Monaco.The circuit is used on one weekend in the month of May of each year to host the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. Formula One’s respective feeder series over the years – F2, Formula 3000 and today GP2 – also visit the circuit concurrently with Formula One
The building of the circuit takes six weeks, and the dismantling after the race another three weeks. The race circuit has many elevation shifts, tight corners and is narrow. These features make it perhaps the most demanding track in Formula One racing. Although the course has changed many times during its history, it is still considered the ultimate test of driving skills in Formula One.[according to whom?] It contains both the slowest corner in Formula One (the Fairmont Hairpin, taken at just 48 km/h or 30 mph) and one of the quickest (the flat out kink in the tunnel, three turns beyond the hairpin, taken at 260 km/h or 160 mph).
The street track around the Principality of Monaco has changed very little since it debuted on the F1 calendar in 1950 and remains a difficult one to master. With quick corners like Piscine mixed in with tight hairpins and barriers surrounding the circuit, there is no margin for error. The Monaco Grand Prix is the jewel in F1’s crown and the track remains a fan’s firm favourite.