This legendary race has been a staple of racing enthusiasts’ agendas since it was first won in 1929 by William Grover-Williams and his Bugatti for the grand sum of 100,000 French francs. Taking place on the compact streets of Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco, the demanding race is part of motorsport’s infamous Triple Crown, alongside the Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans, and is one of the most dangerous and demanding circuits of Formula 1.
From Italian racing driver and a two-time Formula One World Champion Alberto Ascari, to Brazilian ace Ayrton Senna who claimed five successive wins between 1989 and 1993, the historic Monaco Grand Prix Circuit has seen the most talented drivers strive to master its complexity, all to the beautiful backdrop of the Riviera coastline.
The stakes are perilously high, as the Monaco racetrack is interspersed with hairpin bends, short straights and a narrow track presenting a challenge as thrilling to watch as it is to drive. The energy, buzz and anticipation of the starting line is electric. The approach to the first tight bend, the iconic Sainte Devote, offers drivers a rare and treacherous opportunity to overtake, while the precision required to navigate the twists and turns of the Harbour Chicane followed by the famous tunnel – a race through darkness at supersonic speeds – is a hair-raising experience to witness.
As drivers approach the Nouvelle Chicane and the Fairmont Hairpin, they must delicately balance the requirement for both speed and control – the latter turn being one of the sport's most recognisable corners, requiring drivers to drop their speed to 65 km/h just to navigate it. Turns 13 to 16 explore the high-speed challenge of the Swimming Pool Complex, a series of bends that demand precise handling, testing drivers’ ability to maintain focus and make quick decisions, while the challenging Rascasse corner is pivotal as drivers strive to maintain momentum to the final hairpin corner – Virage Antony Noghes.