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What Makes the Monaco Grand Prix So Special?

Updated on August 13, 2013
The luxury Monaco port
The luxury Monaco port

The Allure of the Monaco Grand Prix

The Monaco Grand Prix has an allure that is matched by no other event on the Formula One calendar. It is the race that every fan wants to watch and in which every driver wants to compete. What is it then, that distinguishes the Monaco Grand Prix from being just another race?

Atmosphere

The Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most glamorous fixtures in world sport. Formula one is already seen as one of the most glamorous sports in itself, so when paired with the Principality known for its vast amounts of wealth, it is no surprise that the glamour is taken to a whole new plateau.

The fact that the Grand Prix coincides with the Cannes Movie Festival also adds to the allure of the event, bringing with it Hollywood's finest. Booking a Monaco GP hospitality package will allow guests to mix with the rich and famous at the event, in hospitality suites and exceptional vantage points for viewing the race.

During the Monaco Grand Prix the population of the principality will usually swell to approximately five or six times its normal size, from around 35,000 to 200,000 during the event. This helps to create a compact and exciting atmosphere like no other in world sport. As famous for its nightlife as it is for its wealth, it is not hard to see the appeal of the Principality of Monaco, that goes far beyond the race itself.

The Character of the Course

Ask any Formula One driver and the general consensus will be that the Monaco Grand Prix compares to no other event. It would be easy to be deceived by the fact that the circuit at the Grand Prix is the slowest circuit on the calendar; due to the narrow streets and numerous very sharp bends; requiring superior levels of skill from the drivers. It may be a short track, but the course will provide drivers with the most unique and intense experience of their Formula One careers. Nelson Piquet once famously compared the course to "riding a bicycle around your living room"; testament to both the challenging and surreal aspects of the course. Logistically the course poses great difficulties to the teams, meaning they are constantly kept on their toes.

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Weather

Fans of motor sport and supporters of the event will know that the weather plays an instrumental part in the excitement and drama of the event. Before taking the weather into consideration, the tight, winding nature of the circuit means that drivers have absolutely no margin for error. This situation is then exacerbated even further if the surfaces are drenched. It can also help increase the potential unpredictability of the event, particularly if a driver is unfortunate enough to get caught out by the wet weather. Although weather in itself is not an exclusive factor to the Monaco Grand Prix, its importance and the potential influence it holds over the outcome of the race, makes it especially relevant to the Monaco Grand Prix.

The attraction of the Monaco Grand Prix for both fans and competitors can not be attributed to just one factor. Instead, there are a whole plethora of factors that distinguish the course from the rest. It's beautifully designed, it requires a great deal of skill and it is accompanied by a background of unimaginable wealth and decadence.

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