What makes the Monaco Grand Prix so prestigious?

20 May 2019 08:59

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the sporting calendar's most prestigious events

The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the sporting calendar's most prestigious events

It's one of Europe's must-see sporting events, but as the stars of Formula 1 prepare to take to the streets of Monte Carlo on May 26th, we take a look at what makes the Monaco Grand Prix so special...

1. Glittering history

A mainstay on the Formula 1 itinerary since the championship began back in 1950, the Monaco Grand Prix has long been the race that sorts the best from the rest. All the greats have won here, from Ayrton Senna (6 wins) to Michael Schumacher (5), with three-time world champion Nelson Piquet (0) once claiming that one win in Monaco is worth two wins anywhere else.

2. Stunning location

Draped over cliffs that tumble down to the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean, Monaco is one of Europe's most spectacular cities, with its tight streets creating the perfect track for fans to watch their heroes in pursuit. Cars sweep along harbourfronts, climb up roads built into cliffs, and these avid fans are pitched up right next to the action.

3. Challenging circuit

There are a few city circuits on the Formula 1 calendar (including Singapore and Baku), but Monte Carlo's twisting layout remains the ultimate test for drivers. At just over two miles long, it's the shortest F1 track in the world but it more than makes up for it with steep hairpin turns, a straight inside a tunnel and breath-taking chicanes.

4. Glamorous guestlist

Visit Monte Carlo during race weekend and you'll find the entire city is full of A-List Hollywood celebrities ready to watch the excitement unfold. Many stay on yachts, moored in one of the principality's harbours – yachts that are transformed into party boats when the tyres cool down and the night warms up...

5. Royal connections

What better way to add a touch of prestige to a Grand Prix than including the regional royal family? In Monaco, they do just that, with Prince Albert following in the footsteps of his parents, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, by attending the race in person with his wife, Princess Charlene.

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