Once a year, the world’s second-smallest nation becomes a race track and welcomes the fastest drivers on the planet and a host of celebrities for the most important weekend on the Formula 1 calendar.
The first Monaco Grand Prix was held in 1929, and the track hasn’t changed much since. Using the winding streets of Monte Carlo, the public roads are resurfaced each year before the event, with little room for overtaking on race day.
The temporary grandstands are installed across the city, alongside famous Monaco landmarks like the Monte Carlo Casino and the world-renowned harbour, where the rich and famous view the race from their boats and yachts.
Only 39,000 people live in Monaco, but come race weekend some 200,000 people travel to the principality for the spectacle.
Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet once said that the Monaco Grand Prix was like “[..] cycling around your living room[..],” meaning that the corners were too tight. However, the former world champion also said winning Monaco was, “[..] worth winning twice anywhere else [..].” Unfortunately, Piquet never tasted victory at Monaco.
His compatriot, the late, great Ayrton Senna has claimed the most Monaco GP wins (6). Despite this, the title “Mr Monaco” is reserved for British driver Graham Hill. The moustachioed racer won the event five times during an era of dominance in the 60s. He is also the only driver to have claimed ‘The Triple Crown of Motorsport’, an unofficial achievement, regarded as winning the three most prestigious races in motorsport; the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix.
The prestige on the track is only matched by the glitz and glamour in the Monaco harbour. Thanks to the region’s status as a tax haven, owing to the unprecedented rise of the Monte Carlo Casino in the 1860s, during a time when gambling was outlawed elsewhere across Europe, many celebrities have since flocked to the region to enjoy its lavish parties.
The rich and famous have been long associated with Monaco. In 1956, the actress Grace Kelly, known for her roles in Rear Window and To Catch a Thief became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III.
Over the years, many famous faces have been spotted in the Monaco F1 paddocks, from Leonardo DiCaprio and Naomi Campbell to Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo, and many are bound to be in attendance in 2023
In the 2022 season, the race was won by Sergio Perez. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes has won the race three times and next year both drivers will be competing once again alongside the likes of Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso. This one-of-a-kind event combines the high-octane energy of a motor race against a backdrop of parties, celebrities and champagne. Whether it be from one of the many yachts in the harbour or in the grandstand, the Monaco GP should be on the bucket list of any self-respecting sports fan.
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It’s the ultimate form of luxury, with Champagne, premium drinks and premium gourmet food throughout the weekend.
There will be celebrities and sport stars making guest appearances, especially at the exclusive parties that are an important part of the Monaco experience.
With incredible views of the famous Monaco circuit, there’s no better way to spend a weekend in true, luxurious style.
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