AMC: The one ev­ery driver wants to win

The Au­to­mo­bile Club de Monaco look ahead to the world fa­mous race week­end

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Of course, this Grand Prix is ea­gerly awaited ev­ery year. But in 2019 the Monaco Grand Prix will be even more spe­cial. For one par­tic­u­lar and sim­ple rea­son: it cel­e­brates the 90th an­niver­sary of the first race on April 14, 1929. Cars have im­proved and drivers have changed. The cir­cuit has evolved over the years, to make sure safety re­mains as high as pos­si­ble but in 90 years this unique Grand Prix has es­tab­lished it­self as an icon of mo­tor­sport. From Alberto As­cari and Paul Hawkins crash­ing into the sea, to Ayr­ton Senna’s six wins (a record since 1993), Monaco has been theatre to some of the cra­zi­est Grands Prix in his­tory. Un­ex­pected de­vel­op­ments and strate­gies are the key­words of this pres­ti­gious, me­chan­i­cal ren­dezvous.

Crashes at Sainte-dévote, grip changes in the tun­nel on rainy days, the 19 turns, full of myths and anec­dotes, push drivers to the lim­its. They all have the same dream: to put their name in the record books by win­ning the Monaco Grand Prix.

Grid po­si­tion is so im­por­tant that qual­i­fy­ing in it­self is some­thing spe­cial, but the race on Sun­day re­mains the cli­max of the week­end. And ev­ery sin­gle driver who has started in Monaco knows and will tell you – you are only cer­tain of vic­tory when the che­quered flag is waved.

After his galling de­feat in 2016, Daniel Ric­cia­rdo fi­nally won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2018 and also man­aged to set the all-time best lap dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing, clock­ing a 1m 10.810s. Now Ric­cia­rdo is part of the Re­nault F1 Team – whose par­ent com­pany is the his­tor­i­cal part­ner of the Au­to­mo­bile Club de Monaco. The kind and breezy Aus­tralian has much to do to win again, fac­ing for­mi­da­ble op­po­nents in­clud­ing Charles Le­clerc. The Moné­gasque had his rookie F1 sea­son in 2018. Start­ing as an Alfa Romeo Sauber driver, he was promoted to Fer­rari at the end of his bril­liant first year, dur­ing which he scored 39 points. He will cer­tainly have his heart set on win­ning his home Grand Prix. We await the ver­dict on Sun­day after 78 thrilling laps.

The 77th edi­tion of the Monaco Grand Prix takes place from Thurs­day May 23 to Sun­day May 26, 2019. The pro­gramme will re­main as sportive, an­i­mated and fes­tive as ever. This, the 1103rd Grand Prix in his­tory, will be the sixth race of the 2019 FIA For­mula One World Cham­pi­onship.

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