Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix is that Formula 1 race which is most expected by all F1 fans and drivers, differentiating the great ones from the good. This prestigious Circuit De Monaco has been hosting the Monaco GP every year since 1929.
Monaco is considered to be the best F1 street circuit and also one of the most dangerous in the calendar,4 deaths have occurred on the track. There have been almost 5 variations to this track and has seen a lot of change over the years. The driver of any car makes about 60-63 gear changes per lap and the longest stretch of acceleration goes on till about 8 seconds in the tunnel. All the cars are set in a high downforce setting during this race because there are some hard corners to tackle such as the Fairmont Hairpin which slows a car down to about 40kmph when at it.
Drivers from Monaco
Some famous drivers from the city of Monaco are Louis Chiron(who was the oldest driver to ever race at the age of 55), Olivier Beretta and F1’s newest young sensation Charles Leclerc who currently drives for Scuderia Ferrari. Ayrton Senna’s last win also happened to be at this circuit. McLaren currently has the record for the most wins ever at the Circuit de Monaco.
The Track - Circuit De Monaco
The narrow course circuit laid over the streets of Monaco is the only Grand Prix that does not abide by the FIA's (International Automobile Federation) mandated minimum race distance of 605 kilometers. Despite being only around 260kms of race length, this race is considered to be the most dangerous often involving Safety car's intervention.
The Monaco Circuit is planned really well through some really sharp hairpins and some beautiful tunnels going through the docks.
The circuit is graced with the views of the Mediterranean Sea with docks for people who want to watch the race from a yacht. It is a 3.37km track and has been a part of the racing history since 1929. Circuit de Monaco is actually the shortest length circuit and usually consists of anywhere between 70-80 laps per race.
Sergio Perez holds the record for the fastest time around the track and the record for the most wins on this track is held by the late legend Ayrton Senna with 6 Podiums to his name. Ayrton Senna made one of his best performances during the 1988 Monaco GP.
The tight right-hander corner at the end of each lap of the Monte Carlo is called as the Rascasse Corner named after the first organizer of the Monaco Grand Prix. Even the legendary Michael Schumacher had his Ferrari veering towards the barrier, locking his right tire at the Rascasse corner during the controversial 2006 qualifying round.
This circuit demands precision in driving and sheer concentration throughout the race than any other Formula One track. Except for the Portier corner where usually every driver tries to recover his lap time.
Mr. Monaco? Ayrton Senna
To have your name in history's all-time greats, a win in Monaco is a must. Ayrton Senna of Brazil has won here 6 times while Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher have won it 5 times each. Cars need to run with maximum downforce and brakes are ought to be worked hard at Monte Carlo, no wonder McLaren as constructors have good records here.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton who are right now at the top of Driver's Championship have 2 wins each here at Monte Carlo. (L Hamilton - 2008 & 2016, S Vettel - 2011 & 2017)
Traditionally the Monaco Grand Prix took place on the weekend of Ascension Day. The fastival's impact on the Grand Prix has faded over time.
The Circuit de Monaco is nothing but a section of the public roads in the principality, which is mostly shut to the public over the race weekend.
Closing the road for three days in a straight could be an inconvenience to both residents and businesses, so the Monaco Grand Prix has the first free practice session on a Thursday instead of Friday which allows locals to travel, logistics for various establishments etc,
It is quite common to cars and trucks ply on the 'circuit' on Friday afternoons, as well as during the nights.