Why is the Monaco Grand Prix so Special?

After an epic Spanish Grand Prix which saw Lewis Hamilton cut Sebastian Vettel’s gap at the top of the championship to just six points, F1 Top 10, looks ahead to the next race- the Monaco Grand Prix.

The race around the streets of Monte Carlo is regarded as the jewel in the F1 crown but why is this?

History:

The Monaco GP has been running longer than the Formula 1 World Championship with the first race in the small principality being held in 1929. Therefore, it’s got a rich history which other races on the F1 calendar can only dream off. The greatest F1 drivers of all time have all raced on the famous street circuit such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss, Niki Lauda, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher to name just a few.

Location:

Home to the rich and famous, Monaco, offers a stunning backdrop to a F1 race which no other track comes close too. Spectacular views which overlook the millionaire yachts in the French riviera coupled with the track’s classic sights such as Casino Square and the famous tunnel which make Monaco a truly unique event.

The Ultimate Test:

The tight and twisty streets of Monte Carlo are the ultimate test for Formula 1 drivers. Perfect precision along with sheer bravery separates the boys from the men with the barriers that fill the entire circuit waiting for their next victim. Monaco requires ultimate concentration for what is often the longest race of the season with victory on the famous streets of Monte Carlo enshrining a driver’s name in the history books.

The Glamour:

With Monaco regarded as the playground of the rich, celebrities are never far away with the grid on race day always the most star-studded of the season. After the race, royalty awaits for the podium finishers with the Prince and Princess of Monaco on hand to award the top three with their deserved trophies.

 

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