Monaco is the next stop on the Formula 1 calendar – and this year's race in the principality may look a little different to those watching from home.
Once the 'crown jewel' of the F1 season, fans have grown increasingly frustrated with the Monte Carlo race in recent years. The cars are bigger than ever and, on the slow, tight and twisty Monegasque streets, it makes overtaking extremely difficult.
While the danger makes qualifying thrilling viewing, the main race itself is usually devoid of much passing action. And the other gripe TV viewers have had in recent years has been about the direction – many of those moments of excitement have been missed, such as when the pictures cut away from a battle between Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly in 2021.
The Monaco race has been unique in recent years, in that Tele Monte Carlo has retained control of the broadcast production. But that will change this years as Mirror Sport understands F1 will be in charge of the pictures for the first time in this event's long and stories history.
Fans will hope it will lead to fewer big moments being missed so that they can at least see those pieces of action when they do come along. And their other wish for the weekend will be for a more exciting race than has generally been produced on the streets of Monaco in recent years.
Max Verstappen and Red Bull will, of course, be the favourites for victory again this weekend, while Sergio Perez may also fancy his chances. But, with overtaking so difficult here, a strong qualifying performance from a rival might see the likes of Charles Leclerc, Fernando Alonso or perhaps even Lewis Hamilton or George Russell compete for victory.
That said, recent results have proven that pole position is still no guarantee of glory in Monaco. All but one of those who went quickest in qualifying won the races between 2004 and 2014 – but that has happened only twice more in the eight editions of the Grand Prix since.
Here's everything you need to know about the race weekend:
Action from the Jeddah Corniche Circuit will be broadcast live on Sky Sports throughout the weekend. Its dedicated F1 channel will provide coverage of all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race, as well as the latest rounds of the Formula 2 and Formula 3 championships.
If you don't have a Sky Sports subscription, no need to worry. You can watch extended highlights of qualifying and the race a little later in the day on Channel 4. For those who prefer radio coverage, BBC Radio 5 Live continue to hold the rights in the UK.
Qualifying begins on Saturday at 4pm local time, meaning 3pm in the UK. The sessions usually last around an hour, meaning UK viewers will most likely know by 4pm who will be on pole for the race.
The main event begins 24 hours later with the formation lap scheduled for 2pm (UK time) on Sunday. Don't worry if you can't watch it – we'll have a full race report published on the chequered flag plus all the important reaction right here on Mirror Sport.
Thunderstorms have been in the air around Monaco in recent days with more potentially on the way. There was some rain on Thursday morning but that cleared up early afternoon and the principality basked in uninterrupted sunshine for the rest of the day.
That may well be reflected in the rest of the weekend. Forecasts predict mostly warm and sunny weather, though there is a change of rain on all three days of on-track action. Air temperatures of 24 degrees Celsius are expected for the times the cars are on track, but teams will be wary of the chaos that some rain could cause.2023-05-26T05:01:48Z dg43tfdfdgfd