The Grand Prix Monaco F1 was held for the very first time in the Principality of Monte Carlo in 1929, and over the decades it has enjoyed some of the most spectacular races in the racing calendar. Thousands of people flock to the Principality in May each year to watch the Grand Prix, the circuit still being practically the same as it was nearly a century ago. Unlike many of the locations on the race year F1 calendar, the Grand Prix Monaco F1 is not raced on a specially built track; it is raced through the streets of Monaco.
The circuit of the Monaco requires far more thinking and precision than modern tracks around the world; for starters there is the famous hairpin situated by the Hotel Hermitage and the famous Monaco tunnel to contend with. Adjusting ones eyesight when driving through a tunnel is tricky, especially when the transition is from sunshine to darkness and back in just seconds; the tunnel is indeed one of the favourite places that people choose to watch the race from.
The Grand Prix Monaco F1 has been dominated of the years by different famous drivers, Graham Hill dominating the 1960’s and the ongoing battle between the most respected rivals of Senna and Prost spanning both the 80’s and the start of the 90’s before Senna’s tragic death. In recent years, Felipe Massa was badly injured in Monaco in 2011, making it a circuit that is amongst one of the fastest and most dangerous around the globe.
Away from the tight bends and curves that make up the circuit in Monaco, the stretch down by the Port Hercule is also famous for many reasons. More than one car has landed in the water in the history of the Grand Prix Monaco F1, and in the modern era the area by the marina is famous for the super yachts that glisten in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. On board the super yachts that glisten in the habour you will see VIPs partying till dawn, as the Amber Lounge party of the race weekend unfolds.
One of the main reasons that people choose Monaco as a destination to watch a Grand Prix race live is the variety of different viewing options open to the visitor. Unlike in many purpose built circuits where you have the choice to watch the action from the Grand Stands or from above the Pit Lanes in air conditioned boxes, in Monaco your viewing can take you to a hotel roof terrace, to the famous Ermanno Penthouse terrace, to the grandstands, to the streets, or even to a private chartered super yacht in the Monaco marina.
The Grand Prix Monaco F1 is a race that promises unique viewing options, a circuit that requires huge levels of skill and one where only the most capable of drivers will succeed. Watching the Grand Prix live in Monaco gives you the chance to live the life of a VIP for the Grand Prix Weekend, and allows you to become a part of this historic race that is so prominently marked on the race calendar.