Monaco Grand Prix: Fan zone and scheduling, everything you need to know

The Fan Zone is back, giving the public a chance to get up close and personal with the stars of Formula One and have some fun. Here’s what else is on the Monaco GP schedule. 

The last time that the Fan Zone, situated in Place d’Armes in La Condamine, was organised for the Monaco Grand Prix public was in 2019. Covid restrictions put a stop to the popular activity for a few years, but it is making its highly-anticipated return this year.

The Fan Zone is a great option for families or those who are unable to get a grandstand ticket. It features plenty of entertainment, including Red Bull E-Sport simulators, the Red Bull Pit Stop Challenge, ‘Batak’ reaction tests, a selfie booth, concerts on Saturday and Sunday after the last F1 sessions, and plenty of prizes that will be awarded from the Red Bull E-Sports stand.

The public can also follow the practice sessions, the qualifying sessions and all the races live on the giant screen.

Meet and greet today’s racing stars

From Thursday to Saturday, drivers and managers will be on stage for Q&A sessions. Friday’s line-up includes Valterri Bottas, Landon Norris and Fernando Alonso, as well Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolf.

On Saturday, local favourite Charles Leclerc will appear alongside Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz. Reigning World Champion Max Verstappen will be taking part just before at 10:30am. Other drivers include Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo.

The fan zone is free to access, unlike the grandstands, which will be packed with hundreds of thousands of fans over the course of the weekend.

For the full Fan Zone live appearance schedule, check out the ACM website.

Photo of the 2019 fan zone by Monaco Life

Monaco Grand Prix Schedule

The official Formula One schedule for the race weekend is as follows:


Formula 3 qualifying – 09:05-09:45

Formula 2 qualifying – 11:10-11:50

Free practice 1 – 13:30-14:30

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup qualifying – 15:30-16:00

Free practice 2 – 17:00-18:00


Formula 3 Race 1 – 11:30-12:15

Free practice 3 – 12:30-14:00

Qualifying – 16:00-17:00


Formula 3 Race 2 – 08:20-09:10

Formula 2 – 09:50-10:55

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – 12:05-12:40

Drivers’ Parade – 13:00-13:30

Starting Grid Set up – 14:20-14:30

Monaco Grand Prix – 15:00 (78 laps/ two hours maximum race time)

The opening of the fan zone for the first time since 2019 represents the return of complete normality to what is a special edition of the Monaco Grand Prix, the 80th in its illustrious history.


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Inaugural Grace Influential Positive Impact Award Grace to be handed out during Monaco GP

The inaugural Grace Influential Positive Impact Award from the Princess Grace Foundation will aptly be selected and presented during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend to the Formula 1 team who has the best entry pertaining to the environmental or social sustainability.  

The Princess Grace Foundation was founded in 1982 by Prince Rainier III in honour of his wife, Grace Kelly. It continues her legacy with a prestigious awards programme that champions excellence and positive change across the arts and beyond.

This year, the Foundation is taking on a new angle as well, looking at those who have excelled in creating a positive impact for society and the environment around the globe. 

To that end, the 2023 Grace Influential Positive Impact Award invited all 10 Formula 1 teams to submit entries focusing on these topics, with a prize-giving ceremony to take place at Port Hercules on 26th May, at the start of the Grand Prix weekend in Monaco.   


The teams’ submissions will be judged on specific criteria, including how well they work within the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework, as well as their philosophies and philanthropic achievements, which are at the heart of the Princess Grace Foundation’s work.  

“In establishing the Grace Influential Positive Impact Award, it has been critical that we build something worthy of Princess Grace’s legacy,” said Brisa Carleton, CEO of the Princess Grace Foundation. “Through our partnership with some of the most prestigious names in motorsport, we are thrilled to shine a light on the inspirational work going on across Formula One to drive progress in sustainability.” 


The Foundation has also announced a partnership with Italian tyre company Pirelli, whose sustainability goals are being pushed throughout the sport’s world. 

“Sustainability is a fundamental pillar of Pirelli, fully integrated into the group’s vision and strategy for growth,” said Mario Isola, Head of Motorsport at Pirelli. “That’s even more true for motorsport, which has always been an extraordinary crucible for technical innovation that can then be transferred to everyday life.” 

Additional supporters who helped in the creation of the award come from top sustainability and sport strategic advisory firm Enovation Consulting and Times Square Live Media, who is providing media and development counsel. 

The winning Formula 1 team will be presented with artwork donated by renowned artist Dale Chihuly entitled Gilded Mediterranean Blue Venetian with Speckled Leaves 


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Monaco to release Prince Rainier III commemorative coin

Prince Albert has ordered a special €2 coin be made for the commemoration of the centenary of the birth of his father, Prince Rainier III, which will be free for Monegasque citizens.

The Mairie has announced that the special commemorative €2 coin will be available free of charge to Monegasque citizens from 31st May, the day the official celebratory period kicks off and the actual day that Prince Rainier was born in 1923.

People can pick up their coins from the Mairie between 2:30pm and 10:30pm on Wednesday 31st May, and from the Museum of Stamps and Coins thereafter.

A Monegasque identity card must be presented to receive the coin free of charge.

The general public can purchase the limited-edition coin online only at from 1stJune. Only one purchase per person is allowed.

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Moneyval report: Monaco businesses reminded of obligation to report to government  

Businesses in Monaco are reminded to register all ‘beneficial owners’ of their companies with the government or risk legal action. The move is part of Monaco’s commitment to meet the EU’s anti-money laundering requirements.

In its assessment report published on 23rd January, Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering body, asked the government to submit a list of the names of all the people listed as bénéficiaire effectif, or beneficial owners, in Monaco.

As a result, the Prince’s Government is undertaking a national action plan including the gathering of information from local businesses, which is being followed up by reminders to the companies concerned.

Such a reminder was issued on Thursday 25th May.

“If a commercial company registered in the trade and industry directory is still not up to date with its declarations of beneficial owners, they are invited to contact the Economic Development Department as soon as possible,” said the government in a public statement.

If the information required is not provided to the government, the Tribunal de première instance will be asked to intervene with a view to issuing an injunction to do so.

Who are the beneficial owners?

A beneficial owner (bénéficiaire effectif) ultimately holds, directly or indirectly, at least 25% of the company’s capital or voting rights; they effectively exercise a power of control over the company by any other means, for example, they can appoint or dismiss the majority of the members of the management bodies; or it is the person or persons who legally represent the company, for example, the manager, managing director, etc.

How to declare the beneficial owners of the company?

The registration of beneficial owners must be made to the Department of Economic Development. It is carried out using a dedicated declaration form accompanied by all the supporting documents needed to establish the accuracy of the information provided.

The forms and methods of registration, which is free, are available on the website of the Prince’s Government on the following link:



National Council wants government to speed up legal texts on money laundering


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Corsica, Sardinia, Elba, the Balearics: the destinations just a ferry trip away

With the summer holidays are fast approaching, why not swap the airplane for a ferry and visit some of these beautiful Mediterranean islands with your family and even pet in tow! 

The countdown is on for the end of the school year. The holiday options are endless from the south of France, home to France’s second biggest airport in the form of Nice Côte d’Azur Aéroport, but have you considered taking a ferry across the sea to Corsica, Sardinia or even Majorca? 

Nice, Toulon, Savona are the main ferry ports in this stretch of the Mediterranean. From these three hubs, as many as 50 crossings are available this summer and this form of transport can be a lot cheaper – from €79 per person, one way – and much more relaxing than flying, especially if you’re travelling with children.  

Island hopping 

First up on the list is Corsica. On a clear day and with the right weather conditions, the mountains of this French island can be glimpsed from the French Riviera. From Nice or Toulon, you can catch a ferry to Bastia and Ile Rousse on the northern coast, Ajaccio on the western edge of the isle and Porto Vecchio in the south-east.  

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Tour de la Parata near Ajaccio in western Corsica. Photo: Laurianne L’Anglais

From there, Sardinia is within touching distance thanks to connecting ferries to the ports of Olbia and Porto Torres from Porto Vecchio and Ajaccio (Porto Torres only). You can easily reach Sardinia from the French mainland too. 

The picturesque island of Elba is also accessible by ferry, although you’d have to pass through the Corsican port of Bastia or Piombino, just to the south of Livorno on the Italian coast.  

If anything is going to tempt you into trying the ferry for the first time, the ease of island hopping through these stunning destinations has got to do it.  

But yet another reason could be the route to Spain’s celebrated Balearic Islands. From Toulon, a ferry departs three times a week in the summer for Majorca. On the way out, it’s an overnight ferry that takes around 15 hours. The return voyage leaves in the morning and makes landfall back on the French coast in an hour’s less time.  

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Majorca is famous for both its vibrant cities and natural beauty. Photo: Eugene Zhyvchik

Roughly once per week, the ferry calls in at Menorca, which can make a wonderful destination all by itself or be an excellent add-on to a Majorca holiday if you’re got more time to spend lapping up this Spanish haven.  

To access the interactive Corsica Ferries map that lists all possible voyages and connections, please click here.

Comfort and sleeping arrangements 

Seating is plentiful aboard the ferries and the lounge and deck areas are free to use for all passengers, but if you’d like a little more comfort, you can pre-book a private seat in a quiet space on larger vessels of the Corsica Ferries fleet. Two-bed day cabins are also available and prices typically start at €30. 

A cabin is recommended for the night crossings and there are various options to suit all travellers, including linoleum-floored cabins for those travelling with a dog, family-friendly cabins with portholes to watching the waves, and spacious luxury cabins on the upper deck. Prices start at €56 for a private cabin, although those willing to share with other passengers can book a bed from as little as €16. Cots for small children are also bookable for €7.  

Dining and entertainment 

From self-service and all-you-can-eat buffets to brasseries and beach bars, there is generous range of dining options onboard. Even a cabin delivery service is available on some vessels. Games rooms will keep children entertained while al fresco bars and bistros can help break up the voyage, while also providing spectacular views. Whale and dolphin sightings aren’t unheard of, so make sure to head up onto the deck for a bit of fresh sea air once you’re out of port.  

Pet friendly travelling 

Dogs – and other domestic pets – are welcomed aboard the Corsica Ferries fleet and tickets can cost just €17 for four-legged friends per crossings (smaller animals may be cheaper). There are designated pet hygiene areas on all boats and animals are permitted in much of the interior, although they should be kept on a lead at all times.  

Further information about travelling with pets and the documentation required for travel can be found here.


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More needs to be done if the EU is to meet its sustainability goals

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The European Union’s latest Eurostat report has revealed that the bloc has made “significant” progress in certain areas, but only moderate steps in others, notably when it comes to the climate and the environment.  

Eurostat, the European Union’s (EU) official statistical agency, published a rather wordily titled report on 24th May – “Sustainable development in the European Union: Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context, 2023 edition” – which offers insight into the bloc’s progress with regards to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The key findings showed that, over the last five years, many of the EU’s goals are being advanced upon, but there are still important areas where improvements can be made.  


There are specific SDGs in which the EU has excelled, such as ensuring decent job and economic growth as highlighted by the bloc’s employment levels reaching record highs of 74.6% in 2022 as well as record low unemployment.

Significant leaps forward were also made toward reducing poverty, improving gender equality, providing quality education and fostering personal security as well as improving access to justice and trust in institutions.  

There were also decent results in the areas of responsible consumption, making cities and communities more sustainable, access to clean water and sanitation, affordable clean energy supplies and marine protections. 


Areas in which work still needs to be done include stronger climate action measures, improvements to biodiversity protections on land and global partnerships.  

As member states gear up for more ambitious environmental targets, they will also need to ramp up commitment levels and efforts. Many have implemented solid measures to achieve 2030 sustainability goals, notably via the Fit for 55 package, which pertains to the legal obligations of reaching the climate goal of reducing EU emissions by at least 55% by 2030, but there is still much more to be done if this is to become a reality.  

Fragile land-based ecosystems are another hot topic and the EU is making motions to reverse the trend of declining bird and butterfly populations as well as create even more protected areas.  

As for energy, the bloc is working on creating more renewable energy outlets as well as raising the bar on energy efficiency.  

For the full report, please click here.


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