FORMULA ONE returns this weekend to the French Riviera and the historic Monaco Grand Prix.
The tight, twisty circuit through the streets of Monte Carlo remains one of the most iconic races in the F1 calendar.
The drivers take in the historic Monte Carlo track before racing starts on ThursdayCredit: Getty
After more than a year of disrupted sport, restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic are beginning to loosen with crowds returning to some events – but what about Monaco?
Are fans allowed at the Monaco Grand Prix?
This year’s Monaco GP is set to be a cracker, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen the early-season frontrunners in the Drivers Championship.
In the south of France this weekend, the racing will take place over three days as usual.
Monaco didn’t host an F1 event in 2020, the first time Formula One hasn’t included the race in its schedule since 1954.
And the good news is that fans WILL be permitted in the Monte Carlo stands.
Formula One returns to the glorious surroundings of Monaco this weekendCredit: Getty
But as you’d expect, the number has been capped due to Covid restrictions.
On Thursday, Saturday and Sunday a total of 7,500 petrolheads will be allowed into the stands to watch practice, qualifying and the race itself.
Friday, May 21 is a rest day, but 3,000 lucky spectators will be allowed into the paddock to mingle and check out the cars.
All fans are required to take a PCR test 72 hours before entering the track, while they will have to provide proof it was negative.
Monaco Grand Prix 2021 schedule
Thursday, May 20
- Practice 1 – 10.30am to 11.30am
- Practice 2 – 2pm to 3pm
Friday, May 21
Saturday, May 22
- Practice 3 – 11am to midday
- Qualifying – 2pm to 3pm
Sunday, May 23