Grand Prix de Monaco

7 Minute Read With the blockbuster showpiece in the F1 racing calendar potentially under threat for next year, there’s no doubt the verve and glamour will be taken up a few notches in Monaco this Sunday.
Philippe and Caroline attend the Monaco Grand Prix, 1977 (Photo by Jean-Claude FRANCOLON / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

“There’s something special about racing in real streets. The ‘artificial’ circuits have a certain sameness to them. But every race conducted on real streets has a character of its own,” said the 1978 F1 champion, and charming bon vivant Mario Andretti. He was alluding to the fabled Circuit de Monaco, the punishing street-circuit alongside the stunning backdrop of the French Riviera. Notorious for its hairpin turns, narrow straights and slender overtaking opportunities, the Grand Prix de Monaco is the jewel in the crown of the racing calendar.

Little has changed to the landscape of the track, and with its ‘Billionaires Playground’ tag, there’s been no let-up in the glitz and glamour swirling the principality. Recognized for its excess: superyachts, elegant casinos, and hedonistic hotels, the crème de le crème of society like to join in for the ride on race weekend.

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    Freddie Anderson

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    May 2022

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