Tazio Nuvolari leads Achille Varzi in the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix

1933 Monaco Grand Prix

  • Sunday, April 23, 1933
  • Grand Prix de Monaco

Achille Varzi won an historic Monaco Grand Prix in 1933 after a thrilling duel with Tazio Nuvolari

Race Winner
Country
Monaco
Circuit
Laps
100
Pole
Fastest Lap
Varzi, 1m 59.0s
Other Results

Never has there been a more thrilling race! For the whole distance, occupying nearly 3½, hours, the blue and the red, France and Italy, Varzi and Nuvolari, Bugatti and Alfa Romeo, have waged a battle that will live forever in the annals of motor racing history. As the two cars roared up the hill on that last 99th lap, and Nuvolari’s car slowed down in a wreath of smoke, I have never seen such intense, hysterical excitement in a crowd before. But let me begin at the beginning.

Practice

On the first day, the new Caracciola/Chiron team of Alfas made the fastest time, both getting within one second of the record. Then, in trying to better this, Caracciola had one of his brakes seize, crashing badly on that tricky little twist between the Quai de Plaisance and the Quai d’Albert. The car skidded sideways, crashed into some steps, and the force of the impact fractured Caracciola’s thigh. So, to his great chagrin, the German driver was a non-starter in the race. On the second day it was wet, but in spite of this Varzi equalled his own record of last year with a time of 2 mins 2 secs.

Race Results

Qualifying

Circuit - Monte Carlo

Country

Monaco

Location

Monte Carlo

Type

Temporary street circuit

Length

1.976 (Miles)

Record

Rudolf Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz W125), 1m46.5, 66.794 mph, GP, 1937

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