The glitz and glamour of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix returns for the first time since 2019.
The global pandemic meant the famed Monaco Grand Prix was not held last year for the first time since 1954. But it returns in all its glory this weekend for the fifth round of the 2021 championship.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton recorded his 98th career win in Spain last round to extend his championship lead over Max Verstappen to 14 points. Red Bull will be desperate to hit back on a tight street circuit where they last won in 2018 with Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo behind the wheel.
F1 Monaco GP Australian start time
Practice sessions for Monaco were held on 20 and 22 May, with qualifying kicking off at 11pm AEST on Saturday 22 May. Lights go out for the Monaco Grand Prix at the same 11pm AEST timeslot on Sunday 23 May.
How to watch F1 Monaco GP live in Australia
This season there are 23 races being held and all of them bar the Australian GP can only be found on Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now. For a full breakdown of your viewing options, check out our F1 guide.
Can I watch F1 Monaco Grand Prix on free-to-air?
No, the only race on free-to-air all season long is the Australian GP in November, via 10 play. Channel 10 shows a 1-hour highlights program of the other 22 races on Monday nights on 10 Bold.
Stream the Monaco Grand Prix on Kayo Sports
Kayo Sports is the place to be for all revheads. On top of every F1 and V8 Supercar race, it also has IndyCar, MotoGP and much more. Right now you can watch all the action for no cost using Kayo’s 14-day free trial for new users.
After that a Basic subscription will cost you $25 per month and gives you access to 2 screens or devices. For $10 more per month a Premium subscription gives you 3 screens. There are no lock-in contracts and you can cancel at any time. Kayo is the only way to get Fox Sports without Foxtel.
In total Kayo has access to more than 50 sports. It also has a number of special features, including some specifically for motorsport. RaceView allows fans to watch four feeds on one screen. Race Centre, Pit Lane and driver cameras are also among the options.
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Who will win the Monaco Grand Prix?
The drivers will be relishing a return to this iconic street circuit following its cancellation last year. And a limited number of fans will be able to attend, adding a carnival atmosphere to this famous race.
Hamilton has won three of the four races so far this season, with Dutchman Verstappen crossing first in the Italian Grand Prix last month. It has been a thrilling duel so far but Hamilton is starting to re-establish his dominance.
Interestingly, each driver has won when the other has started in pole position. Hamilton had to overtake Verstappen for his triumphs in both Portugal and Spain.
Due to the difficulty of overtaking on such a tight track, qualifying is again crucial. Local driver Charles Leclerc upset the form book to grab pole for Ferrari. Verstappen will line up second ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton qualified a disappointing seventh, while Ricciardo had a shocker and will start from 12th on the grid for McLaren.
We expect the aggressive Verstappen will take on Leclerc at the first corner and force his way to the front. From there he can control the race and go on to take the chequered flag, narrowing the gap to his arch-rival Hamilton in the championship standings.
- We have updated this story with the latest information from qualifying on Saturday.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
You can see a comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel here. We also have a rundown of this season’s F1 calendar, teams and all the drivers.