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The Monaco Grand Prix is considered to be one of the most prestigious races in the World Championship. Raced on a street circuit in central Monaco, the Monaco Grand Prix is also one of the oldest and most dangerous races in the sport.
Circuit de Monaco
The Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit shaped from city streets in the harbour principality of Monaco. The circuit is noted for changes in elevation, tight corners and narrow streets, which combine to make it the most challenging race in Formula One. The racetrack is also recognised as one of the few in the Formula One World Championship on which driving skill is more important than car power.
Lap Distance: 5.303km
Race Distance: 307.574km
Monaco Grand Prix History
The Monaco Grand Prix predates the Formula One World Championship. The race was first held in 1929 under the auspices of King Louis II, and within a few years was recognised as one of the top grand prix in Europe.
In 1948 the Monaco Grand Prix was included as one of the races in the initial Formula One series. During the next 50 years there were only two occasions on which the Monaco Grand Prix was omitted from the World Championship, and the race has taken place every year since 1955.
During the history of the Monaco Grand Prix a handful of drivers have demonstrated an aptitude for winning on the extremely challenging race circuit. Michael Schumacher and Graham Hill both claimed five Monaco Grand Prix wins during their careers, while Ayrton Senna set the all-time record with six wins at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The severity of the circuit has also produced a number of surprise results, including Olivier Panis’ unexpected win at the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix in a Ligier Honda, where Panis was one of only four drivers to complete the race.
The Future of the Monaco Grand Prix
As the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Formula One’ the Monaco Grand Prix is assured an important role in the future development of Formula One racing. The principality has strong connections to Formula One racing, with the race remaining under the patronage of Monaco’s royal family.
Many Formula One drivers are residents of Monaco, who live there in order to benefit from its central location as well as the tax breaks afforded by residency.