Monaco Grand Prix 2021: What time does the race start, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads Red Bull's Max Verstappen during the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco / monaco grand prix 2021 race start time tv channel odds - David Davies/PA Wire
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leads Red Bull's Max Verstappen during the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco / monaco grand prix 2021 race start time tv channel odds - David Davies/PA Wire

After a year out, the Monaco Grand Prix returns for 2021 on the streets of Monte Carlo. Yes, we can all moan about the lack of overtaking but it is great to have the race back, is it not?

When is it?

As is customary, first and second practice will run on the Thursday (May 20) with no Formula One running on Friday. Final practice and qualifying take place on Saturday May 22 with the race itself on Sunday May 23.

What time does it start?

First practice begins at 10.30am BST on Thursday with second practice at 2pm. Final practice on Saturday is at 11am and qualifying starts at 2pm later in the day. The Grand Prix itself starts at 2pm BST on Sunday May 23.

What are the championship standings after four rounds?

Drivers' top 10:

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What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports F1 have near-exclusive live coverage rights in the UK this year and indeed for the next few with their usual excellent team. Their qualifying coverage begins at 1pm BST on Saturday and their race coverage at 12.30pm on Sunday.

Channel 4 have highlights for this year with their equally excellent team. Their qualifying program starts at 8pm BST on Saturday and their race highlights are at 6.30pm on Sunday.

You can also keep up to date throughout qualifying and the race right here at Telegraph Sport.

What do we know about the Circuit de Monte Carlo?

  • Circuit length: 3.337km

  • First (championship) grand prix: 1950

  • Laps: 78

  • Race distance: 260.286km

  • Race lap record: 1:14.260 (Max Verstappen, 2018)

  • 2019 winner (race not held in 2020): Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

  • Number of corners: 19

  • Overtaking chances: With these cars? Slim to none.

What is our prediction?

For the last few races it has been too close to call at the front. In Spain it was close again, but we have started to see a trend developing and that trend is Mercedes being in the ascendancy. Red Bull still have a good car, but in race trim the Mercedes W12 just looks better, even accounting for Lewis Hamilton's brilliance.

More worrying for Red Bull, perhaps, is the fact that the Mercedes looked and performed excellently in Spain's tight and twisty final sector, which is normally a good sign that it will be well suited to Monaco. That said, it is close enough that a few tweaks here or there (or either team understanding their car a little bit better, or still struggling to understand something) could have a significant effect. But it feels as if things are getting away from Red Bull at the moment.

Hamilton's record at Monaco is far from stellar, with just three of his victories coming at this track. In fairness, for many years it was a bogey track for Mercedes and he did win here in 2019, the last time F1 raced at this circuit. Still, if Hamilton's record is middling, Verstappen's is worse. He has retired twice and has never finished on the podium in five attempts.

Going by what we have seen so far, it is hard to see anyone but Hamilton and Mercedes as favourites. But, with a high chance of a safety car, you never know...

What are the latest odds?

  • Lewis Hamilton Evens

  • Max Verstappen 11/8

  • Valtteri Bottas 17/2

  • Sergio Pérez 16/1

  • Charles Leclerc 25/1

  • Daniel Ricciardo/Lando Norris/Carlos Sainz 50/1

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