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Monaco Grand Prix - The Faqs

Updated on August 13, 2013
The Monaco Grand Prix is held in the streets of the city
The Monaco Grand Prix is held in the streets of the city

Thanks to the Monaco Grand Prix, legendary motor sports drivers like William Grover-Williams, Prost, Schumacher, Sena, Fangio and Graham Hill reached what many of their fans call the highlight of their career in sports, and have written their names in the annals of racing history. As the first one to win the Monaco Grand Prix race in 1929, William Grover-Williams not only dazzled the world, but also put the name of the Bugatti models a notch higher than their competitors. Even those who are not motor sports enthusiasts must have heard about the Monaco Grand Prix or Formula One Monaco, due to its immense popularity. Below are some common frequently asked questions that offer an insight into this world renowned event held every May in Monaco.

What is the Monaco Grand Prix?

The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Monaco is one of the smallest and most peaceful principalities in the world, and is home to very wealthy and affluent citizens from all over the world. It is located on the French Coast called the Cote D'Azure and has been ruled by a monarchy for centuries. The Grand Prix is run on the streets of the city and this adds to the excitement for fans, who feel much closer to the action. The narrow streets and sharp bends provide very little opportunity to overtake, so drivers try extra hard in qualifying to make pole or a good spot on the grid.

What is a Formula One Motor Race?

Formula One motor race is the highest class of a single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). It is officially known as the FIA Formula One Championship and popularly referred to as Formula 1 or just F1. The "formula" refers to the set of rules to which all drivers in the race must comply, or risk being disqualified.

When Was the First Monaco Grand Prix Held?

The first Monaco Grand Prix was held in 1929. It was the idea and creation of Anthony Noghes who was not only a great fan of motor sports and racing, but was also an influential man of that time. His first attempts to register the Monaco Grand Prix were thwarted by governing bodies, but after some strategic moves, he managed to get his way.

How Does One Qualify to Race in the Monaco Grand Prix?

Drivers have to come up through the ranks, driving in all levels of competition until they make a name for themselves and are recognised by the owners of F1 teams, who will sign them up as drivers; each team generally has a first and second driver, plus some practice drivers and trainees. The Monaco Grand Prix is just one race in the annual Formula One calendar, and drivers accumulate points from each race of the championship, until an outright winner with the highest total of points is declared champion.


Can Anyone Attend the Monaco Grand Prix?

Yes, any fan around the world who can travel to Monaco can attend the Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco is a very hospitable place with great accommodation and fun-filled activities in which to indulge. It also house world-famous casinos, night clubs, bars, restaurants, and great weather for the outdoors. It is important to note that the cost of living in Monaco is very high, and what might be considered expensive in other parts of the world might be considered normal in Monaco. A Monaco Grand Prix Package will provide you with the very best vantage points available to view the event, plus first class accommodations and travel arrangements.

You can arrange for yourself but remember accommodation within the city is pretty expensive, although it is possible to stay in other towns close by at a more reasonable price.

Mark Webber Wins the Monaco Grand Prix in 2012

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    • debrahyder profile image


      5 years ago

      I was just looking up entrance tickets to the F1 when I came across your page. Very interesting - I also found this -

      I wish I had the money - it must be so cool to get in the paddock club - but horribly expensive.

    • dianew profile image


      6 years ago from Spain

      Well researched and interesting hub, thanks.


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