Monaco is, undoubtedly F1’s most treasured track. The Monaco Grand Prix is one race that every driver dreams of winning. Like the Indy 500 or Le Mans, it stands alone, almost distinct from the sport from which it was born.
The Monaco Grand Prix is not only one of the most glamorous races on the Formula One racing calendar; it is also one of the oldest. It is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world and, with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport. Run on the tight and twisting streets of Monte Carlo, the event was first held back in 1929.
Let’s look at some interesting facts about the Monaco GP
- It is the oldest circuit in Formula 1 history, with a race taking place in the territory since 1929.
- The design of Circuit de Monaco is unique and offers an unmatched view for the spectators.
- The circuit has been called “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige”.
- Three-time world champion Nelson Piquet described driving at Monaco as akin to “riding a bicycle around your living room”.
- Ste Devote, Mirabeau, Portier, Rascasse – Monaco is packed with iconic corners, each with a history of its own.
- Lewis Hamilton has reached the chequered flag in every race he has started at Monaco GP – all 10 of them.
- Graham Hill was known as “Mr. Monaco” due to his five Monaco wins in the 1960s.
- Brazil’s Ayrton Senna won the race more times than any other driver, with six victories, winning five races consecutively between 1989 and 1993.
- Fernando Alonso is the only driver to have won the race in consecutive years for different constructors, winning for Renault in 2006 and McLaren in 2007.
Formula 1 Grand Prix De Monaco 2017
Ferrari has not stood on the top step of the podium in Monaco since 2001, when Michael Schumacher was the last Ferrari driver to claim victory there for the Scuderia.
Sebastian Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing second to ensure Ferrari a one-two in Monte Carlo.
Model Jessiqa Pace returned to Monaco Grand Prix
Martini brought model Jessiqa Pace back to inject some fun and glamour into the sport and creating memorable moments for fans by putting up her poster on a trackside at the Monaco GrandPrix.
Stars graced the pit lane
The racing event saw some big shots from different industry. The event was studded with stars like Serena Williams, Chris Hemsworth and Nico Rosberg.
Jenson Button forced to retire after Pascal Wehrlein collision
Jenson Button was forced to retire from the Monaco Grand Prix following a collision with Pascal Wehrlein. Button tried to overtake but wheels clashed and flipped Wehrlein into a wall.
The German driver walked away from the crash seemingly unhurt, while Button was forced to retire from his final race.