Exploring Monaco Grand Prix

MOnaco1955The Monaco Grand Prix 2015 is less than 100 days away, and if you are really into racing, your heart must be palpitating in excitement. You see, this event is not run-of-the-mill, and it is no wonder it has been on the F1 calendar since 1955.

But that’s not all; the Monte Carlo streets are considered the toughest to drive on in the F1 calendar, again adding to the thrill of watching races here. As you count down to the four day pre-race and race Sunday action between 21st and 24th May, why not explore factors behind the greatness of the Monaco GP track?

Rich heritage: The track dates back to 1929 through the input of Antony Noghès and under the patronage of Prince Louis II. William Grover-Williams, in Bugatti, won the inaugural race. While Grand Prix racing took place before the war, it was only after 1950 that serious racing took shape.

The kiln of F1 legends: The list of Monaco winners reads like who-is-who in F1 hall of fame. From Graham Hill, christened Mr. Monaco, Ayrton Senna, a six time winner on the streets, Alain Prost, Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Schumacher, Alonso, Rosberg to Lewis Hamilton. All these are eligible to join the F1 hall of fame proving that Monaco indeed molds champions.

Unique Circuit: The Monaco GP circuit is created from the twisting streets of Monte Carlo. That’s not all, there are 19 sharp corners, including the tightest and slowest hairpin at Turn 6. With no overtaking space, qualifying on Saturday makes all the difference lest a driver sloughs from the back all the way to the finish line.

It is like riding a bicycle in your living room: Nelson Piquet made this remark to show how tough handling the track at top speeds is for any driver. It is no wonder then that only the best drivers win here as the engine really doesn’t matter; it’s all about good-old driving prowess.

Schumacher the lap record holder: In 2004, when at his prime, the German was untouchable and this was proven when he drove to a lap record of 1m 14.439 seconds in a Ferrari. This is yet to be broken, proving why Schumacher is regarded the best pilot to grace Monte Carlo streets.

McLaren and Ferrari, the best machines on the streets: McLaren is the most successful team on the streets with 15 wins followed by Ferrari with 9, while Lotus boasts 7 wins.

Everything about Monaco Grand Prix always has an interesting twist about it. You can bet the 2015 race on the Monte Carlo streets will have similar enthralling action.  There is still a chance to book your tickets, just hop over to senategrandprix.com where you can get your Monaco 2015 hospitality deal.