Monaco Grand Prix

2020 Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix, or the Grand Prix de Monaco in French, is a Formula One motor race held annually on the Circuit de Monaco on the last weekend of May. From the first run in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world along with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. These three races form the Triple Crown of Motorsport. The circuit has been called ever since “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige”.

What is the Monaco Grand Prix?

Monaco Grand Prix, also known as Grand Prix de Monaco in French, is an F1 motor race competition that takes place yearly on every last weekend of May at the Circuit de Monaco. From the first race held in 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix became known to be one of the most significant and prominent automobile races worldwide along with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24-Hours race of Le Mans. The Triple Crown of Motorsport was formed from these three races. From then on, the circuit has been tagged as “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige”.

Prior to the Second World War, the Monaco Grand Prix was part of the European Championship and in 1950, it was included in the first World Championship of Drivers. It was labelled as the European Grand Prix twice in 1955 and 1963, the period of time when Grand Prix races in Europe receives one honorary designation for gaining the title. Graham Hill was given the title as “Mr. Monaco” due to his five straight leads in the 1960s races. And by around late 80s to early 90s saw the well-known and famous 5-year titleholder Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna who won most of the races that time against any other competitors.

When was the Monaco Grand Prix first run?

In 1925, the Automobile Club of Monaco (ACM) was organized after a certain General Assembly where 55 members of the SVAM participated; the Monegasque Bicycle and Automobile Sports Club, which was founded in 1890 under the name Monegasque Bicycle Sports Club. The name was then changed ever since the motor vehicles gained its relevance and became more resilient in 1907.

Commissioner General Anthony Noghes was delegated to show the application of the Automobile Club of Monaco (ACM) for joining the Association of Certified Automobile Clubs in Paris, presently known as FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). Unfortunately, that time, their application was declined because no organized events transpired on Monegasque territory.

Nogés then decided to commit to the idea of executing the project of establishing a race circuit in Monaco and participating in the race. With Louis Chiron’s supportive motion, all the members of the Club as well as the Prince, as the Automobile Club of Monaco’ honorary president, the event was eventually carried out successfully.

April 14th, 1929, saw Prince Pierre’s induction of the circuit of the 1st Grand Prix of Monaco with a lap of honour in a Torpedo Voisin car driven by Charles Faroux, the circuit’s director. Louis Chiron, the young driver of Monegasque was absent as he was in the 500-Miles race of Indianapolis. The Grand Prix was won by Williams in his Bugatti 35 B car in 3h56’11’ averaging a speed of 80.194 km/h. The race was a great success.

The 2nd Monaco GP was graced by Captain Sir Malcolm Campbell in his Torpedo Rolls Royce in the 9th of April 1932. He was also known for breaking a world speed record with 408.621 KPH. Another race was organized in 1952 after race cancellations. The Grand Prix of Monaco belonged to the list of one of the most expected races in the Formula One Championship since May 1955.

Why were there no races from 1938 to 1947, and 1949?

Due to economic reasons and a major historic event – the World War II, which was the largest and deadliest war in history that lasted for six years, the Monaco Grand Prix had to be suspended during this traumatic period of time.

The competition resumed on May 16th, 1948, just after WWII. Unfortunately, the race was then again cancelled the following year due to the death of Prince Louis II.


Who is the Reigning “King of Monaco”?

Dubbed as the “King of Monaco” and “Mr. Monaco”, Britain’s Graham Hill gained the race championship title five times in the 1960s. He won 3 consecutive years; the Monaco Grand Prix 1963 as his first victory recorded. In the 1965 Monaco GP, he took pole position and led from the start. However, he went up an escape road on lap 25 to avoid hitting one of the slow backmarkers. Hill made his come-back in fifth place, setting a number of new lap records on the way to winning. This year was also noteworthy for Jim Clark’s nonparticipation (he was doing the Indianapolis 500), and for Paul Hawkins’s Lotus finishing the race in the harbour. Hill’s co-player, Briton Jackie Stewart, won the title in 1966 and New Zealander Denny Hulme in 1967, but Hill victoriously regaining his position on top the next two following years, his last F1 championship success in 1969 triumphing a double championship record.

Who are the winners of the Monaco Grand Prix?

It was topped by Ayrton Senna of brazil having 6 wins (1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993) followed by the “Monaco King”, Graham Hill from UK (1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969) and Germany’s Michael Schumacher (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001) – both of them having 5 wins. Then Alain Prost of France with 4 wins (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988) followed with 3 wins by United Kingdom’s Stirling Moss (1956, 1960, 1961), Jackie Stewart (1966, 1971, 1973), Lewis Hamilton (2008, 2016, 2019) and Germany’s Nico Rosberg (2013, 2014, 2015). 2 wins each by Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentina (1950, 1957), Maurice Trintignant, France (1955, 1958), Niki Lauda, Austria (1975, 1976), Jody Scheckter, South Africa (1977, 1979), David Coulthard, UK (2000, 2002), Fernando Alonso, Spain (2006-2007), Mark Webber, Australia, (2010, 2012) and finally, Sebastian Vettel, Germany (2011, 2017).Advertisements

Were there any fatal accidents at the Monaco Grand Prix circuit?

Racing is known to be one of the most hazardous sport. F1 races record a total of fifty fatalities over the years, killing only one driver, Lorenzo Bandini during the Monaco Grand Prix.

Lorenzo is Italian and began his F1 journey in 1961 as an affiliate of Scuderia Centro Sud. He entered Ferrari two years later and worked with the team for six years, winning the Austrian Grand Prix in 1964.
1967 Monaco GP was Lorenzo’s primary race of the season. Starting off the race great as he leads until overtaken on the 82nd lap. Running right after Hulme, Lorenzo lost car control entering the harbor chicane. The car rolled over and burst into flames with Bandini trapped inside. He was rescued after four minutes and was taken to the Princess Grace Hospital Centre with his body 70% burned. Lorenzo unfortunately passed away three days after the accident.

Lorenzo’s beloved widow Margarita Bandini said, “Lorenzo died in the prime of his life and his career. When he finally had everything he’d ever wanted. He worked hard and was in good shape. He had an excellent car and his team’s support. But he didn’t have a chance to enjoy it”.

What does the Monaco Grand Prix circuit look like?

Monaco Grand Prix circuit is one of the most challenging tracks in Formula One. The race takes place on a constricted course mapped in the lofty streets of Monaco, with compact corners and a tunnel.

The circuit, which remained stagnant and didn’t have any modifications since 1950, has a length of 3.340 km long. The track goes up until the Casino of Monte-Carlo, passing Beau Rivage and Massenet, in front of the Hotel de Paris. From there, the road goes down again until right curve of the Mirabeau. It then continues to Virage Fairmont (formerly Virage Loews), one of the slowest parts. This is where the Fairmont Hotel Monte-Carlo is situated. The part of the Portier nearing the sea side, where the track passes a tunnel and goes out to the stump close to the port, just beside the hotel Port Palace Monaco and the hotel Miramar Monaco. Then seize on the left section of the swimming pool, the Tobacco Shop and then a hard turn to the right with Rascasse, Anthony Noghes continuation curve, then finishing off with the line of the stands.

It is a given fact that the Monaco circuit is a perilous place to race even with reasonably low average speeds. It is the only Grand Prix that doesn’t stick to the FIA’s required 305-kilometre (190-mile) minimum race distance.

The circuit was such a challenge. Nelson Piquet, threefold Formula One title holder stated that racing at Monaco was “like trying to cycle round your living room”, but noting that “a win here was worth two anywhere else”.

How did the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit go through changes?

Safety of the pilots is a serious matter that shouldn’t be taken for granted in every F1 race. Over the years, changes were done, prioritizing everyone’s safety and businesses around.

In the beginning of 1970s, several Formula One events have been cancelled due to safety concerns. 1969 saw the first set up in the circuit’s history of Armco barriers at particular spots, making a safer track for pilots. Prior to that, the circuit’s actual layout were identical to everyday road use. Any driver would have a higher chance to crash into whatever was next to the track (buildings, trees, lamp posts, glass windows, and even a train station) if he ever went off track. In the case of these two drivers, Alberto Ascari and Paul Hawkins, they went to harbor water, because the road the course has used had no Armco to limit the drivers from going off the track and into the Mediterranean. The circuit was practically fully Armco-lined by 1972. The Monaco circuit was modified in 1972. The pits were situated next to the waterfront straight between the chicane and Tabac. The chicane was moved to several meters forward before Tabac. This became the junction point between the pits and the course. The course once again modified for the 1973 Grand Prix. A stadium called Rainier III Nautical was constructed just where the straight that went behind the pits was located and the circuit introduced a double chicane that went around the new swimming pool. Today, this chicane complex is known as the “Swimming Pool”. This gave a space for a provision of new pit facility and in 1976 the course was once again modfied; the Sainte Devote corner was placed with safety measures and a chicane was placed right before the pit straight.

Bernie Ecclestone, Brabham team owner, started to marshal the collective bargaining power of the Formula One Constructors Association (FOCA) by the early 1970s. Monaco was so reputable, it would be pointless for any argument or conflict. By the historical records, the number of cars allowed to join in a race was decided by the race organizer, in this case the ACM, which had always set a safe number of cars at around 16. Ecclestone started to have an arrangement which relied on FOCA ensuring at least 18 entrants for every race in 1972. Unfortunately, a dispute over this matter has left the 1972 race in a halt until the ACM finally agreed that 26 cars could participate in the race – the same number permitted at most other circuits. After two years, in 1974, the ACM managed to lower numbers back down to 18.

The circuit has narrow nature, making it slower and punishing for most drivers, and this has often resulted into unexpected results. Just before his retirement, René Arnoux led the first 15 laps in the 1982 race. Alain Prost then headed the race until four laps from the end, passing through a wet track that spun him off, hitting the barriers and losing his control, paving the way for Riccardo Patrese to lead. With only a lap and a half remaining, Patrese’s car spun, allowing Didier Pironi to overtake through to the front and then followed by Andrea de Cesaris. On the final lap of the race, Pironi was depleted of fuel in the tunnel, and the same thing also happened to De Cesaris before he could overtake. With pure luck at that moment, Patrese had bump-started his car, redeeming his position and victoriously winning his first GP title.

However in 1983 the ACM was in the crossfire of disagreements between two organizations, Fédération Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) and FOCA. During that time, the ACM was negotionating fo an exclusive television airinf rights in the US which was agreed upon Ecclestone. This resulted into a breech of agreement authoritated by FISA for a single central negotiation of TV airing rights. In 1985, the president of FISA, Jean-Marie Balestre, announced that the Monaco GP would not form part of the F1 world championship. The ACM has brought and fought their case in the French courts. The gained favorable advantages which made them won the case and the race was eventually reinstated.

Below is the summary of the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit transformation since its creation:

1973, the installation of stands on the Quay made possible because of Swimming pool roads

1976, installation of two new baffles at Ste Dévote and on the outlet side of the Rascasse,

1986, Quay des Etats Unis was widened and it allowed the creation of a new Baffle,

1997, the first “S” of the swimming pool is redrawn and has now the name of turn “Louis Chiron”,

2003, the first phase of installations of the circuit touched only the southern part of the port. 5000 square meters of ground were gained on the sea. The circuit ranging between the 2nd “S” of the swimming pool and Rascasse was moved of 10 meters compared to its initial site and completely redrawn. Installation of a baffle at the exit of the 2nd turn of the swimming pool,

2004, the doubling of the width of the esplanade accommodating the zone of the stands on the level of the Boulevard Albert 1st, by the creation of a building on the influence of the old track between the swimming pool and Rascasse. New stands representing an area of 250 square meters will be placed at the disposal of each team.

Where is the best place to watch the Monaco Grand Prix?

Here are the best considerations if you want to capture a great view of the race.

For a unique view of the Grand Prix and a truly luxurious environment from which to enjoy the race, you may charter a superyacht and get close to the action from Port Hercule. With this, you may entertain guests, hold corporate events and make the most of being in the heart of the action. Witness the most extravagant after-parties light up the night’s sky with their glamour; and you are in the perfect spot to socialize, network and dance into the night.

Another one is the legendary Hotel de Paris which offers deluxe viewing suites for guests keen to enjoy superb views over Casino Square during the Monaco Grand Prix. After being extensively upgraded in 2014, the Hotel de Paris is in the epicenter of all the action in the circuit, offering an awe-inspiring spot to take in all the action.

Home to the Garnier Suite and the Casino Square Suite, The Hotel de Paris is regarded as two of the most premier race viewing locations in Monaco. Both of these spectacular venues include access to the Garden Terrace, a fantastic spot located trackside where you can watch the race cars enter Casino Square before racing downhill towards Mirabeau Corner.

The Fairmont Hotel in Monaco allows its guests to get close to the hairpin action during the Monaco Grand Prix. Year-by-year the hairpin bend pushes drivers to their limits, making it one of the most exciting corners of the race. Formerly known as the Lowes bend, at the Fairmont you can view the entry, apex, and exit of one of the most famous corners in Formula 1 racing.

The ultimate race viewing apartment for the Monaco GP is in the Ermanno Palace’s VIP Suite. You can enjoy views over more than half of the famed Monaco Grand Prix race circuit, including the tunnel exit, Chicane, Tabac Corner, Sainte Devote Corner, and the Beau Rivage. The suite’s large terrace offers space for everyone, while inside caterers provide an extravagant buffet lunch, and an open bar offers free-flowing Champagne, selected spirits wines, and beers.

The stunning Belle Epoque Hotel Hermitage boasts world-class service and some of the finest amenities in Monaco. The Midi Terrace and the Midi Terrace VIP Suite is where you should book for the Grand Prix Monaco, offering wonderful views of the race’s first corner, the Beau Rivage Straight, and the Sainte Devote Corner.

Also included in the list of top spots are Joel Robuchon at the Metropole Hotel which is located trackside and offers an awesome spot to witness all the action and soak up Monaco’s unique atmosphere during the GP; the iconic view from La Rascasse that features unique views around the inside the track, between the pit-lane and the paddock, giving guests a unique insight into what goes on behind the scenes; the 10th floor of Le Shangri-La Building which offers one of the best spectator experiences at the Grand Prix. Panoramic views include the pit lane, the straight to the Casino, the chicane at the exit of the tunnel, Port Hercule and the Rascasse corner.

Assuming you are in the mid-range of a budget, you may consider La Marée, Café de Paris, Beau Rivage Race Viewing Package, Caravelles Rooftop, Grandstands, La Rocher, and the Exotic Gardens.

How to place bets on the Monaco Grand Prix?

The Monaco Grand Prix is a worldwide prominent motor race competition. On the actual race week, the city welcomes the massive fans, viewers and tourists that look forward to witness the action live.

There are also betting opportunities for virtual supporters. Betting on the winning driver and winning constructor is where you can start but there are also plenty of support bets like who will take pole position, who will set the fastest lap in the race, will anyone crash out and how many pit stops will be made. If you want to find out more about putting money on this race, check out Spin Sports, Betway Sports, Bodog, or William Hill, where you’ll find the best odds online.

Always consider the below features before you join a betting site.

Below are the things to consider:

Security measures – A reputable and credible Motor Sports betting site features encryption services and other security measure to protect your online transactions.

Licenses and Legality – Yes! It is a MUST! The online sport betting industry is a regulated market (a must-know-thing) and the relevant authorities ought to license a legal sports book.

Bonus Features and other perks – Perks and bonus offers are great promotions to take part in when you sign up to an online bookmaker. They sometimes offer free cash when you begin joining, or when you make your first deposit. You may also claim free bets as well, be part of loyalty perks, and even be eligible for weekly prize draws.

Competitive odds – online sportsbooks differ from their competitors. Some do the calculations in their own and produce better speculations and different teams will place more emphasis on different variables.

Betting Options – almost every punter prefers to have a larger variety of betting options to maximize their line of strategies. A sportsbook will give you a wider range of choices in terms of how and where to bet.

Payment options– In fact, the adrenaline is what really drives people to watch the races. Motor Sports betting isn’t always necessary. It is always best to manage your funds on your terms and convenience. For assistance, select an online bookmaker to supervise your budget management.

How to get to the Monaco Grand Prix to watch the live race?

Several transport services are available in Monaco. One of them are luxury car rentals that come with professional chauffeurs (Licensed operators), trained to guide and provide you with the highest possible wellbeing and security during your stay. These chauffeurs know a lot about the country’s culture and share valuable facts about the race, making your visit not only memorable but also informative.

If you are ready with a bigger budget on hand, the easiest way to get to the center of Monaco for the Grand Prix is by helicopter, travelling from Nice to Monaco. You’ll be saving lot of time to arrive at your destination in just a couple of minutes. You can get special round trip rates on the race weekend.

Bus services operate every day in Monaco, running around five routes priced at €2 for a single journey. They provide wide scope within Monaco and also offer a mobile app that notifies you of the next bus from your nearest stop. The app is available in both Apple AppStore and Google Play.

Lignes D’Azur operates the 100 bus, travelling the route of Nice – Monaco – Menton at a cost €1.50 for a single trip. The travel is a valuable experience, also enjoying the scenic spots along the Riviera. Bus services go around every 15 minutes within the day.

You may also want to consider taking the trains. The Monaco Monte-Carlo rail station is by far the closest to the Monaco Grand Prix 2020 race track, with escalator services to Port Hercule. Trains take Nice round trips regularly by SNCF. It takes more or less 25 minutes for the trip between Nice and Monaco. Ticket fees start at €2.50 back and forth.

What is the usual weather at the Monaco Grand Prix?

Regular high temperatures usually go around 66°F to 72°F. It hardly ever drops below 61°F or go beyond 78°F. On the other hand, daily low temperatures are just within 50°F to 67°F, rarely falling below or exceeding. Seasons of the Monaco GP normally have fine hot weather.