It’s that time of year again – in just three weeks between 22nd and 25th May, some of the world’s top professional racing drivers will be taking to the world famous Monte Carlo circuit for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The history of the Monaco Grand Prix
Dating back to 1929, this annual event features 3,340 km of curvy strips of track passing through some of the most picturesque views an F1 circuit can offers, including beautiful city streets and the world renowned harbor strip, with the Hotel de Paris, the Monte Carlo Casio and the yacht lined marina all making for classic Kodak moments.
Drivers from around the world have taken on the challenge of the track’s high endurance 78 laps, racing through 260,000 km, featuring 19 high thrill corners and top driver speeds of 290 kmph, with Michael Schumacher making the record time in 2004 with an impressive finish time of one hour and 14 minutes.
What’s in it for me?
If you’re a bit of a petrol head, there’s no better excuse to see some of the world’s finest motor cars taking to some of the most challenging curves and twists of this world famous track. Holding the record for most wins since it all began in ’29, our bets are on McLaren this year to take the winning title – that is of course, unless Nico Rosberg, driving for Mercedes, wants to try and beat his own record, having won the race in 2013.
Of course, for those lucky enough to be travelling to Monaco this month, this decadent destination offers more than just fun for racing fans. For those who are old enough and enjoy the high risk thrills of the racing, a spot of gambling could be just the sort of night life entertainment you are seeking. Thankfully, Monaco boasts a whole host of casinos, such as the luxurious Monte Carlo Casino. Be warned though – if you’re not an expert, you may want to get a little practice in first before you hit such a classy establishment. Visit here for a chance to improve your card playing skills before you go in for the kill.
There’s also the chance to kick back with a little beach side fun at the world famous harbor, where you can take in some rays after the race is over – with average highs of 20 degrees, it’s a far better guarantee of getting a tan than staying at home.
So whether you’re in it for the racing or the weather, there’s a reason why Nelson Piquet famously said “a win here is worth two anywhere else!”