The 2014 Monaco GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

It's the jewel in the F1 crown on the streets of Monte Carlo

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 20/05/14 2:15pm

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F1 returns to the streets of Monaco for arguably the most famous race of them all.

Set around the harbour in the principality, the world's rich and famous have docked their yachts for what is a week-long event and the only race where bars spill out onto the circuit with tables and chairs in the evening.

So read on below, and watch Nico Rosberg's track guide above, as we provide your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend, which is live ONLY on Sky Sports F1.

The 2014 Monaco GP in a nutshell

Track: Circuit de Monaco. Street circuit.

Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday (2pm local).

Laps: 78.

Track length: 3.340 km.

Tyre allocation: Soft (yellow) and Supersoft (red).

DRS Zones: One (Pit Straight).

Driver steward: Derek Warwick.

Lap record: Michael Schumacher - 1:14.439 (Ferrari; 2004).

2013 pole: Nico Rosberg - 1:13.876 (Mercedes).

Nico Rosberg: Took pole in 2013

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Monday 19th May
8pm - 2014 Monaco Historic Grand Prix.
9pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1982.

Tuesday 20th May
9pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1988.

Wednesday 21st May
2pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
5.30pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Replay.
9pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1989.
11:45pm - Gear up for Monaco.

Thursday 22nd May
8:45am - Monaco GP Practice One - Live!
11am - GP2 Practice - Live.
12:45pm - Monaco GP Practice Two - Live!
3:10pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live.
4pm - Team Principals' Press Conference.
5pm - The F1 Show - Live!
9pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1993.

Friday 23rd May
10:10am - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
5pm - The F1 Show: Monaco Special - Live.
9pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1984.

Saturday 24th May
9:45am - Monaco GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm - Monaco GP Qualifying - Live!
3:05pm - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
8:40pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
9pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1992.

Sunday 25th May
11:30am - The 2014 Monaco GP - Track Parade - Live!
12pm - The 2014 Monaco GP - Race - Live! !
3:30pm - The 2014 Monaco GP - Paddock Live!
6pm - Monaco GP highlights.
7pm - Ted's Notebook.
9pm - Classic Races - Monaco 1983.

Form guide

Nico Rosberg emulated his father Keke by taking victory in Monaco last year, but he is a long way short of Ayrton Senna's record of six wins on the streets of the principality. Of the current drivers, Fernando Alonso is the only multiple victor having both stood atop the podium twice back in 2006-2007, whilst Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel have all taken one win apiece. Ferrari, meanwhile, haven't won in Monaco for 13 years.

2013 result: 1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 3. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 5. Adrian Sutil (Force India); 6. Jenson Button (McLaren); 7. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 8. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso); 9. Paul Di Resta (Force India); 10. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus).

Last five winners in Monaco: 2013: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2012: Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2010: Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2009: Jenson Button (Brawn).

Rosberg followed up his pole with an easy win

Tyre allocation

In reflection of the famous old street circuit's slow and twisty confines, Pirellli are bringing their softest two compounds to the race weekend - meaning the supersoft tyre makes its first appearance of the season.

"Monaco is the slowest circuit on the calendar, which is very twisty with smooth asphalt, and also relies heavily on mechanical grip from the tyres," Pirelli said ahead of the event. "This makes it the perfect place for the supersoft with its rapid warm-up to make its 2014 debut, in combination with the soft.

Sky Bet odds

Unsurprisingly, Lewis Hamilton maintains his 100% pre-weekend status in 2014 as the favourite for the race victory with Sky Bet at 8/13. Nico Rosberg is 7/4 to halt his team-mate's winning run with Sebastian Vettel back up to third favourite, 14/1, following his stirring recovery drive in Spain. Check out the latest full range of race and title odds here.

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