THE MONACO GRAND PRIX
Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo; 24-27 May 2018
The French Riviera is world famous for its splendour and elegance. A renowned beauty spot for over a century, this magnificent ribbon of coastline has become the definition of European refinement. Home to both Nice and Monaco, which are just 25 minutes apart by rail, the south-east corner of France is more than deserving of its reputation as the perfect holiday destination. And it’s also the host of the jewel in Formula 1’s crown, the Monaco Grand Prix, which takes place at the end of May.
The Circuit de Monaco is arguably the toughest of all the F1 tracks to master. This narrow belt of asphalt winds its way through the streets of Monte Carlo, and is lined with unrelenting Armco steel just waiting to punish even the tiniest of mistakes.
The action, uniquely for races on the F1 calendar, begins early on a Thursday morning as drivers set about familiarising themselves with the low grip levels and try to push the limits of adhesion. As the track rubbers in, the times start to tumble, and whether you’re watching trackside or on TV, a Formula 1 car threading its way around the streets of the Principality is a thrilling sight to behold.
WHAT TO SEE
Musée Océanographique de Monaco Rising from the cliffs on the coast, this worldclass museum of marine sciences was extensively renovated in 2010. It’s packed with installations, exhibitions and activities, while its basement aquarium contains 4,000 species of fish from across the planet. Casino de Monte-carlo Opened in 1863, this famous casino is a historic playground for the aristocracy of Europe. Open to sightseers until lunchtime, it is well worth a look inside to see the spectacular belle époque
The world’s greatest street circuit