Monaco Grand Prix: UK start time, how to watch F1’s iconic race

After taking over Miami, Formula 1 heads back to one of its most legendary destinations: Monte Carlo. Here is the start time, as well as other stats, for the 2023 Monaco Grand Prix.

The paddock will have had a three-week break since their last race following the sensible decision to postpone the Emilia Romagna GP. Widespread flooding in the region around the Imola circuit saw F1 management cancel the Grand Prix until further notice.

So, the grid now moves on to the incredible glitz and glamour that only Monaco can provide.

The twisty streets of the principality are an incredibly daunting prospect for the drivers. Crashes are almost guaranteed, plus the potential for wet weather can make the track all the more treacherous.

Of course, the nature of the Monte Carlo circuit means that overtaking is incredibly tough – nigh-on impossible sometimes.

This has led to many critics of the Monaco GP; despite this, the race is one that all F1 drivers are absolutely desperate to win. A victory in Monaco earns legendary status, and to many is a hallmark of a true champion.

In 2023, no one has yet come close to matching Red Bull on race pace. However, we have seen much closer gaps in performance during qualifying. And, as it is so hard to overtake in Monaco, Saturdays here are arguably the most important of the season.

Can anyone beat Red Bull thanks to this? Here is the start time for the Monaco Grand Prix so you can find out.

Monaco Grand Prix: UK start time

The Monaco Grand Prix weekend gets underway on Friday 26 May, where FP1 has a start time of 12:30pm UK. Later that day, the second free practice session begins at 4pm.

Practice three serves as a warm-up on Saturday 27 May, starting at 11:30am. Teams will thus hope that there are no mishaps during this session, as the all-important qualifying commences at 3pm.

Finally, F1’s most iconic race will have “lights out” at 2pm on Sunday 28 May.

How can I watch the Monaco GP in the UK?

Sky Sports are broadcasting every single session exclusively live in the UK throughout the 2023 F1 season. Both of Friday’s free practice sessions are available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports F1.

Meanwhile, FP3 and qualifying on Saturday will only be on Sky’s designated Formula 1 channel.

Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix broadcast is on both Main Event and Sky F1, though, with the live start time of 2pm.

If you are not a Sky customer, NOW TV offers various packages that allow you to view Sky Sports channels without a subscription. For example, you can purchase a 24-hour pass for a specific day of action, or a monthly pass.

However, do not worry if you do not want to part with any money to watch F1. On Saturday night (7:30pm), Channel 4 has highlights of the day’s crucial qualifying session available to watch. The same broadcaster is then showing race highlights on the following day, at 6:30pm.

As one of the most star-studded events of the year, expect to see many celebrities and sports stars on camera throughout the weekend.

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But, of course, the main attraction is the on-track antics. Make sure to tune in for qualifying (3pm, Saturday), and the Monaco Grand Prix at its 2pm start time.

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