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.
This F1 street circuit being one of the most dangerous in the calendar, has 4 deaths that have been caused 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 Alfa Romeo-Sauber. 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. Ayron 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)
Latest from Monaco
F1's tire supplier Pirelli has produced one of the softest tire compounds, the Hypersoft, is all set to debut at this year's Monaco Grand Prix scheduled on 27th May 2018. Except for the Mercedes and Haas, every other team has run the Hypersofts in pre-season testing. So, there are high chances for the lap record to tumble after this race with the new usage of the pink-walled tire.