Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

 

The Monaco Grand Prix…an internationally renowned event. It is one of the most prestigious and oldest automotive races contested every May since 1929 in the Principality of Monaco.

 

The early days of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix

Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix  It all began in 1925, when the Association Sport Automobile Vélocipédique Monégasque decided to become the Automobile Club de Monaco and enter the current Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Nevertheless, admission was refused on the grounds that the Principality did not hold any race on its own territory due to its very cramped and unsuitable conditions.
 

A great challenge was then launched: to create a circuit in Monaco in the heart of the city despite the obvious difficulties (steps, pavement, railings etc.). This project was granted to Louis Chiron, one of the most famous pre-war racing drivers who was from Monaco itself and was perfectly capable of judging the possible nature of the circuit.
 

He was then assisted and supported by the Société des Bains de Mer which took care of funding the developments.

Visit Monte-Carlo Legend to find out more about the History of the Monaco Grand Prix.

 

An extraordinary circuit

The circuit was inaugurated in 1929 by Prince Peter of Monaco and has barely changed since! Passing the Place du Casino, it brushes past the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and the Casino de Monte-Carlo before weaving its way between the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo and the Café de Paris.

It has become the legendary grand prix par excellence which all F1 racers dream of winning. Although it is the slowest circuit in the Formula 1 World Championship, it is nonetheless renowned for being one of the most difficult.
Driving on the roads of the Principality is an exercise which requires dexterity, control and composure, especially due to the railings which mark out this temporary race.

 

A competition contested by exceptional F1 drivers

Qualifications are crucial as it is almost impossible to overtake other cars during the race. Only exceptional drivers can boast of being able to participate in the Monaco Grand Prix and win it, like Ayrton Senna, considered one of the greatest F1 drivers (who holds the record of six Monaco Grand Prix victories), Graham Hill, Alain Proust, Michael Schumacher in the famous colours of Ferrari, not to mention Juan Manuel Fangio, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

 

The reputation of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix has made it one of the most anticipated events in the Formula 1 Championship. Going to watch it live is a special and unforgettable experience which demonstrates all the passion it inspires and the aura it emits.

 

The GPF1 in figures

Number of laps: 78
Length of the circuit: 3.34 km
Distance of race: 260.52 km
Lap record: Michael SCHUMACHER (Ferrari) in 1’14’’439 in 2004 (62nd Monaco GP )
Circuit record: Fernando ALONSO (Vodaphone McLaren Mercedes) in 1hr 40’29’’329 with an average of 155,551 km/h in 2007 (65th Monaco GP)
Number of spectators: 100,000.

 

To find out more, visit the Official site of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.