The Monaco Grand Prix is just about the best known and most glamorous race on the Formula 1 calendar. It has always been run on the normal streets of the principality since 1929 and the race is considered part of the ‘big three’ of motorsport alongside the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours. To get players in the spirit of this years incredible Monaco F1 Grand Prix competition right here at PlayHugeLottos.com, let's take a look at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix through the ages...
Ex F1 driver Damon Hill’s father, Graham Hill, was known as ‘Mr Monaco’ as he won the race there five times. He is the only racing driver to have ever won all of the big three races.
Only Ayrton Senna managed to eclipse Hill’s Monaco record by winning there six times between 1989 and 1993 with five of them being back to back wins.
Juan Manuel Fangio was the first World Championship Monaco Grand Prix winner in 1950. The race did not happen again until 1955 and has been a permanent fixture on the F1 race calendar ever since.
There was a bit of friction between the organisers of the event and the F1 fraternity in 1972. Formula 1 impresario Bernie Ecclestone and the organisers hit an impasse over the amount of cars that could enter the race. Traditionally, the organisers would dictate the number of cars allowed to participate and set the limit at 16 cars. Ecclestone wanted to up the number to 18 cars. The race was nearly cancelled over the row but eventually Ecclestone got his way and the race continued with 18 cars racing.
For the best part of a decade between 1984 and 1993, the race was dominated by just two drivers, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost winning all the races between them over that period. Senna was always very popular at Monaco and was once arrested there after the race in 1987 for not wearing a helmet whilst riding a motorcycle. He was released immediately by police after they realised who he was.
Michael Schumacher equalled Graham Hill’s record by winning Monaco five times. At the 2006 race however, Schumacher was widely criticised for blocking the track at Rascasse during qualifying As the yellow flags were waving, other drivers were not able to beat his qualifying time handing him pole position. He denied it was deliberate but got demoted to the back of the grid because the FIA disagreed with him. It was just one of many Schumacher controversies over the years.
The circuit is extremely dangerous and there have been many very serious accidents, one fatal when Lorenzo Bandini died in a crash he suffered in 1967. Alberto Ascari caused a sensation when he crashed and ended up in the harbour.
It is a twisty narrow circuit and considered one of the most difficult on the F1 calendar for the drivers. It has a long tunnel that affects the drivers’ vision as they go from bright sunshine into almost darkness then back into the sunshine again and takes them a lot of practice to get it right.
There is no podium and drivers are presented with their trophies on the steps of the royal box. Monaco is the only race on the calendar to hold practice on a Thursday so the streets can be opened to the public on Fridays.
In July 2010 Bernie Ecclestone announced that a 10-year deal had been reached with the race organisers, keeping the race on the calendar until at least 2020.
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