Is Monte Carlo The Greatest Place To Visit The F1? 

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Although it was uncertain, in February, Mercedes confirmed that Lewis Hamilton would be back for the 2022 F1 Season with just two words and two numbers. 44 is back was the caption to make the announcement. 

It was originally speculated that Hamilton’s comeback (if he came back at all) would be contingent on the outcome of the FIA’s inquiry into the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in which he lost the race and, as a result, the 2021 Formula One World Championship to Max Verstappen on the penultimate lap. 

Hamilton, in particular, wants to see some rule modifications that might have altered the outcome of that crucial race.

And while there are still some discussions to be had, we can now look forward to seeing some incredible races. 

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Big changes for 2022 F1 cars

Technology moves at a stunning speed, and of course, we will see that in some of the changes made to the F1 cars. What can we expect to see in the 2022 regulations? 


Formula 1 vehicles will adopt a new type of aerodynamics starting in 2022. Ground effect, popular in the 1970s and 1980s, works by creating suction beneath the automobile and pulling it into the asphalt. Although F1 moved away from that some 40 years ago, it will return with cars using underfloor tunnels to generate ground effect downforce. 

18-inch wheels

A move that has been anticipated for some years, the 13-inch wheel, which served Formula 1 for over 30 years, is being replaced with 18-inch wheels. They were tested in 2021 and have been given a wider diameter. Replicating regular road cars but offering more precise handling for the drivers. 

Heavier cars

The aim is to make cars safer following two significant crashes in 2019 and 2020, which has meant that they have become heavier. The 2022 chassis went through extensive crash testing. 

The cars’ minimum weight with the above changes will go from 725kg to 790kg. But it also means that the drivers will be driving in the safest, even F1 cars, with better speed and handling. 

And while it is going to be incredible to see the drivers tackle Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya, it’s Monaco that stands out. 

While Verstappen won in 2021, Hamilton holds the fastest lap at 1:29.909 – lap 69 for the 2021 race. But Verstappen saw a faster lap in 2018 with 1:10.810. 

Not only that, but Hamilton won in 2019 with Mercedes. Hamilton holds three wins on this track too. It will be thrilling to see these new changes present on this track.

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Where to Visit in Monte Carlo during F1

While you are there, there are a couple of places you should head to between all of the high-octane action. The first is the Palais du Prince; you can take a tour (when the Prince is not in residence).

You can tell when he is there, the flag in the main tower will be raised. And the second is the Monte Carlo Casino for a few poker games to delight in the opulence that celebrities enjoy regularly. 

Where to Eat in Monte Carlo during F1

The excitement of the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix is guaranteed to make you ravenous. Luckily you’ll be surrounded by some of the more delectable foods around and restaurant venues.

You can eat and watch the race at the same time if you choose one of the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo’s restaurants – the terrace offers panoramic views so you won’t miss a moment. 

Le Deck has a classic, sleek and chic yet relaxed vibe for something a little quieter. Offering fresh seafood and a stunning view. 

Where to Stay during Monte Carlo F1

If you want to rub shoulders with the drivers, you’ll need to book at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Columbus Monte Carlo, or the Fairmont Monte Carlo. Some of the hotels in the area offer a track view, while others have shuttles to the beach.

Hotels in the area offer special Monaco Grand Prix hospitality packages that span the duration of the event. 

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Best place to see F1 in action

One of the most prestigious races in the world, taking place in one of the most prestigious cities in the world. Blessed with great weather, stunning aesthetics, and more millionaires than anywhere else. 

What makes Monte Carlo the greatest place to visit F1? The F1 circuit has been part of the schedule since 1950, and it has been run regularly since 1955. Monet Carlo is regarded as part of the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsports, with the Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It is also well known for being quite treacherous, with more than one driver ending up in the harbour. 

Tip: the best viewing point for the Monte Carlo is inside the circuit itself; in fact, you can take in the view from one of the best restaurants, the Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse. From here, you can the most intense corners—alternatively, head to the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Le Grill, for a birds-eye view. 

Although the high-speed action is worth travelling for, Monte Carlo offers so much for people to do, it easily positions itself as one of the places everyone should visit.

The Monaco Grand Prix is rich in history, dripping with challenges, and there is just something about it that makes it special. Check out F1 Monaco Grand Prix | Formula 1 Calendar for everything you need to know and other racing articles


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