Rallye Monte-Carlo has become synonymous with the start of a new WRC season. One of the oldest events in world rallying, the first edition of Monte-Carlo took place in 1911. It was included on the inaugural FIA World Rally Championship in 1973, and has acted as the season-opener on each occasion it has been on the calendar. From the glamorous backdrop of the Monaco harbour up into the snowy, icy mountainous terrain of the Alpes Maritimes, it is a rally that puts every aspect of a WRC car and crew to the test. No matter how much teams prepare for Monte, it is advisable always to expect the unexpected!
Monte-Carlo’s action takes place over a unique four-day schedule with two long night stages on Thursday. Special light pods are mounted to the cars to offer greater visibility in the dark.
Monte-Carlo was the scene of seven stage wins for our team in 2017, but our best result came in 2016 when Thierry and Nicolas finished third.
With stages in France and Monaco, Rallye Monte-Carlo was one of three events in 2017 to run through two different countries – the other two were Rally Sweden (Sweden and Norway) and Rally GB (Wales and England).
First car out for shakedown (UTC)
Rallye Monte-Carlo gets underway with a star-studded spectacle by the harbour, as VIPs and celebrities get a taste of the WRC action.
The ceremonial start takes place in front of Monaco’s Grand Casino and culminates with a royal finish, as Prince Albert presents the prizes outside the Palace.
Crews must also ascend to dizzying heights in the Alpes Maritimes, including the breath-taking Col de Turini 1,607m above Monaco.