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History of the Monaco Grand Prix

Updated on August 13, 2013

The Monaco Grand Prix began in 1929 under the name Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco and was founded by Anthony Noghes.The first race was an invitation only event, held in the streets of Monte Carlo. It was won by William Grover-Williams, whiledriving a Bugatti Type 35B, painted dark green. The race quickly grew in importance and was recognized by the AIACR (Association Internationale des Automobiles Clubs Reconnus), as an International Grand Prix in 1933. This is also the year grid positions where determined by practice time as they are today, instead of previous balloting techniques. However, in 1939 WWII ended all organized European racing until 1945. European racing resumed September of 1945, and in 1946, a new premier racing category called Formula One was defined by the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile), AIACR's successor.

The Very First Monaco Grand Prix


The Monaco Grand Prix in Formula One

In 1948, the Monaco Grand Prix was raced under this new Formula One category, and was won by a future world champion, Nino Farina, in his Maserati 4CLT. In 1950 the race was included in the new World Drivers' Championship. Since 1955, the Monaco Grand Prix has continuously been a part of the Formula One World Championship. After much negotiation and collective bargaining on behalf of Bernie Ecclestone and FOCS (Formula One Constuctors Assoctiation) with the ACM, the regulation of 18 cars per race was finally established in 1974.

Because of its tight confines combined with its punishing nature, the race has often produced unexpected results, making it highly popular. Today the Circuit de Monaco consists of city streets in Monte Carlo and La Condamine. With its recurrent elevation changes, tunnels, tight corners, and narrow course, it is arguably one of the most demanding tracks on the Formula One Circuit today. This course is known as the ultimate test of driving skills, and if it wasn't already an existing Formula One Grand Prix, the race would not be permitted admission to the schedule for safety reasons.

The Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious and important automobile races in the world, alongside Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans. These three races are considered to form the Triple Crown. Graham Hill stands alone as the only driver to ever complete it by winning all three races. Triple champion Nelson Piquet captured the spirit of Grand Prix Monaco when he said, "A win here is worth two anywhere else."

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      6 years ago from Spain

      Interesting hub, I love the F1 and especially Monaco


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