One of the most prestigious & mythic racing circuits in the world, The Monaco Grand Prix has presented an ultimate challenge to the ambition and driving skills of international racing drivers for almost a century. Since the first run in 1929 a victory in Monaco has held more kudos than any other. It is considered to be the jewel in any successful driver’s crown….. All the ‘Greats’ have dreamt of and won this prize at least once in their career.
It was Commissioner General Anthony Noghes, a sport fanatic, who first conceived the crazy idea of setting up a race circuit in Monaco.
With his friends he created the “Automobile club de Monaco” and after studying racing tracks in various cities such as in Santa Monica in United States, he and Louis Chiron, a famous Monegasque automobile champion of the time, drew up and submitted a proposal for a speed race circuit using the streets of the principality.
The Grand Prix of Monaco was inaugurated on the 14th April 1929 at 1.30pm under the honorary Presidency of S.A.S the Prince Louis II. A Torpedo Voisin car was driven by the director of the circuit, Charles Faroux. The maiden race of 100 laps (a distance of 318km) attracted only 16 competitors, and was won by William Grover behind the wheel of a Bugatti 35B.
From then on The Grand Prix race was held at irregular intervals until it was suspended during World War 2. It began again in 1949, 1951, 1953 & 1954. And since 1955 it has featured every year on the Formula 1 world championship calendar.
The Monaco circuit measures 3,34km, it is limited to 78 turns (260,52km) and has hardly changed since 1950. It weaves around the streets of Monte Carlo, .. stringing together squeezed turns in Port Hercule and the Condamine. The narrow track is challenging and makes overtaking a dangerous business….. especially the true of the turns of Sainte-Devote, the restaurant “La Rascasse” and the famous tunnel. This is the most difficult, winding and technical race of the International motor racing circuit…… and the slowest too!! The average speed is only 80km/h.
The victory time record is presently held by Ayrton Senna, who gained recognition 6 times out of 10 races. In 2012 the fastest lap was held by Sergio Perez (Sauber Ferrari) in 1’17’’
World famous and popular with even non-motor-racing enthusiasts the Grand Prix of Monaco stands as a major international event in the Formula One Championship alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 hours of Le Mans. This year it’s taking place from the 22nd to the 25th May. If you’d like to buy tickets and be part of this fantastic event then click here …… hurry up as it is almost sold out!!
Choose from a seat in the grandstands; prices vary between 85€ in Le Rocher and 625€ in front of the Casino square ( the best place on the Grand Prix track ) Or you could opt for a VIP Pass on the terraces between 500€ & 2500€ per person for all weekend – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th May.
If you do decide to go to this most popular event of the year on the “Rocher”, to avoid traffic jams, we suggest you spoil yourself by traveling from Nice to the principality by sea. It’s a quicker way to get there ( 40 minutes ) safe and comfortable. Also the voyage offers unique vistas along the way. For more information please press here..
We also organise private transfers to this event; if you’d like to book a cab with us please click here..
These images were borrowed for this article from the following sites:
www.monacochannel.mc & www.mcgrandprix.com