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Historic racing is back on the glorious streets of Monte Carlo. The kerbs are freshly painted, the yachts are docked and the paddock is filling up with cars that tell the illustrious history of the famous circuit.
The Monaco Historic Grand Prix returns for its 13th running this weekend, with full grids once more, after the slimmed down entry list of last year’s post-Covid event.
Amid the familiar, heady mix of cars from seven decades of racing will be 35 Lotuses in celebration of Colin Chapman who died 40 years ago and a total of 120 Formula 1 cars — 14 of them grand prix winners.
The regular sports car race this year commemorates the 70th anniversary of the 1952 Monaco Grand Prix, which was uniquely contested by two-seaters.
Practice starts on Friday followed by Saturday qualifying and then racing on Sunday, at a circuit that retains the same basic layout as when the cars first competed.
Whether you’re watching harbourside, or via the live stream, which will be running on the Motor Sport website, here’s your guide to what promises to be one of the greatest weekends of racing this year — of any era.
What to look out for in the 2022 Historic Monaco Grand Prix
• Lotus celebration: Colin Chapman 40th anniversary celebration
Among 35 Lotus cars competing in various categories, is the Lotus 18 that Stirling Moss famously used to win the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, as well as Mario Andretti’s race-winning 77, the ground-effect pioneering 78, and the banned double chassis 88B.
• Hunt vs Lauda
A 1975 Ferrari 312 T from Niki Lauda’s championship-winning year, and a McLaren M26 used by James Hunt to win the title in the following year make a crowd-pleasing duo among 27 F1 cars from ’73 to ’76 making up the grid in Race E, named after Lauda.
• The Historic era advances
In a stark reminder that time waits for no one, the age limit for entries has been lowered by five years and a new category created for F1 cars from ’81 to ’85. If you can remember Alain Prost claiming his first championship or Senna’s arrival with Toleman, Race G will bring a warm nostalgic glow.
When is the 2022 Monaco Historic Grand Prix?
The weekend runs from Friday May 13 to Sunday May 15. Practice starts at 10am (BST) on Friday, with qualifying on Saturday from 7.15am. The races take place on Sunday from 7am.
Where can I watch the 2022 Monaco Historic Grand Prix?
You can watch coverage of Saturday qualifying and Sunday’s races on the Motor Sport website, via the live stream from the race organiser, the Automobile Club de Monaco. In addition, two one-hour highlight programmes will be shown on ITV4.
How to buy tickets for the 2022 Historic Monaco Grand Prix
Tickets are still available in most of the grandstands for both Saturday and Sunday. A qualifying ticket is €50 and raceday is €100, with under-16s free (but still needing a ticket). Tickets can be purchased from formula1monaco.com
2022 Monaco Historic Grand Prix races and schedule
Around 200 cars will race in eight different categories around the famous circuit of the Principality. From front-engined grand prix and sports cars, to turbocharged Formula 1 machines, the weekend will cover every era of car that has raced at Monaco up to the 1980s. The scheduled times are BST, but historic racing events are particularly subject to timetable changes.
Race A – pre-war grand prix cars
Delivering a blast of evocative petrol fumes, these grand prix cars from the earliest days of the Monaco Grand Prix include an example of the Alfa Romeo P3 which won the 1934 race, as well as several Bugatti 35s and a clutch of pre-war Maseratis.
• Free Practice Friday, May 13, 11pm
• Qualifying Saturday, May 14, 8.15am
• Race Sunday, May 15, 8.05am
Race A2 – front-engined grand prix cars, before 1961
Featuring grand prix cars from the late-1940s and 1950s, this category is understandably heavy with Maserati 250Fs (five of them are on the entry list), and also features the first of the Lotuses: four Type 16s, which made their debut in 1958.
• Free Practice Friday, May 13, 12pm
• Qualifying Saturday, May 14, 9.15am
• Race Sunday, May 15, 9.10am
Race B – rear-engined grand prix cars, 1961 – 1965
Moving away from front-engined Grand Prix cars and into the 1960s as teams took on Cooper’s rear-mounted concept. Among the entrants is the very same Lotus 18 that Stirling Moss used in 1961 to fend off the more powerful Ferraris and win in Monaco. Lotuses make up more than half of the 31-car grid.
• Free Practice Friday, May 13, 10am
• Qualifying Saturday, May 14, 8:15am
• Race Sunday, 7am
Race C – front-engined sports cars, 1952 – 1957
Taking place 70 years after the non-championship Monaco Grand Prix that featured sports cars, Race C is due to include a Ferrari 225S — the car which took all three podium places in 1952. Expect more sleek lines than an otter sanctuary, with Jaguar C- and D-types, Aston Martin DB3s and five examples of the Maserati 300S.
• Free Practice Friday, May 13, 3:30pm
• Qualifying Saturday, May 14, 1:30pm
• Race Sunday, May 15, 1:30pm
Race D – F1 grand prix cars, 1966 – 1972
There are wings aplenty as entries move into the 1970s: jostiling for positions will be a Lotus 72 Lotus 72, Ferrari 312, and McLaren M19A, as well as a BRM P153, piloted by ex-F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez.
• Free Practice Friday, May 13, 1:30pm
• Qualifying Saturday. May 14, 10:15am
• Race Sunday, May 15, 10:15am
Race E – F1 grand prix cars, 1973 – 1976
Among the 27-car grid will be a Ferrari 312T from Niki Lauda’s 1975 championship winning year, as well as the McLaren M23 which gave James Hunt his title victory in 1976. They are joined by the Lotus 77 in which Mario Andretti win the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, plus a large contingent of Shadows. Behind the wheel of a Lotus 76, and back after a collision with Jean Alesi last year, will be three-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner, Marco Werner.
• Free Practice Friday, May 13, 2:30pm
• Qualifying Saturday, May 14, 11:15pm
• Race Sunday, May 15, 11:25pm
Race F – F1 grand prix cars, 1977 – 1980
Moving into the late-’70s, with models like the Lotus 78 and Hesketh 308 on track. There’s an example of Williams’ first independently produced car, the FW06, plus the ambitious Lec CRP1.
• Free Practice Friday, May 13, 4.30pm
• Qualifying Saturday, May 14, 2.30pm
• Race Sunday, May 15, 2.35pm
Race G – F1 grand prix cars, 1981 – 1985
The headlining F1 category of the weekend will feature the Williams FW07, which delivered the team its maiden world championship win, as 19 cars roar through the streets of Monaco in a new category, named after Ayrton Senna.
• Free Practice Friday, May 13, 5.30pm
• Qualifying Saturday, May 14, 3.30pm
• Race Sunday, May 15, 3.55pm