5 Fascinating Facts about Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco Grand PrixWhen it comes to Formula One racing, there is no denying that Monaco GP is where the thrill is found. If you have ever watched F1 on Monte Carlo streets then you agree that the prestigious GP is worth all the hype. Well, as you wait for race weekend from May 21st to 24th, why not learn some facts about this circuit?

1.       Monaco GP Circuit Details

The circuit is the shortest in F1 calendar at only 3.340 kilometers. This means drivers have to cover a staggering 78 laps and change gears 54 times. With 16 turns, including the slowest corner at Grand Hotel and the quickest in F1 calendar known as Kink in the tunnel, the circuit is challenging. Prost once remarked it felt like riding a bicycle inside a room.

It is also the most dangerous due to the tight corners and minimal overtaking chances. The circuit is not a ready track, but is created from Monte Carlo streets, which takes 6 weeks to set up and 3 weeks to remove.

2.       Lap Record

The track is fast, yes, but not many drivers have been able of replicate the success of Michael Schumacher who set a lap record of 1m 14.439s in 2004.

3.       Constructors Title

Great teams have raced on Monte Carlo streets, but McLaren still boasts most wins. With 15 wins on the circuit, it is obvious this is a title McLaren is going to hold for long. However, Ferrari, which has not experienced good tidings in Monaco, has most podium finishes with 48 in total.

4.       Most Driver’s Wins

Ayrton Senna won 6 times in Monaco between 1987 and 93, and were it not for his tragic death, it is obvious more wins would have come his way. Schumacher has five wins as does the iconic Mr. Monaco, as Graham Hill was christened. Other great winners here include Alain Prost, who lit up the track during his rivalry with Senna and won four times.

5.       Relationship Between Monaco GP and Championship Title

It might seem like coincidence, but the fact remains that most winners on Monte Carlo streets go on to become the championship winners. For instance Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Schumacher and Jenson Button all won on this track and went on to clinch the drivers’ championship titles. As they say, this is the ground where champions are born.

The toughness of the course makes Monaco Grand Prix a must-attend event. With 2015 expected to bring more rivalry between top drivers, you can bet it will be a thrilling race weekend.

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Formula One racing’s greatest title showdowns

We are going to present some of the most memorable showdowns of Formula one:

  1. Iimage052taly 1950: Drivers: The champion Farina Nino, Luigi Fayola and Juan Manuel. This championship had an amazing ending he whole racing was the struggle between the three of them, with a lot of up and downs and at the end Farina was the lucky one and was the first champion of this sport ever. It was an amazing experience and very exciting one.
  2. USA in 1959 when Brabham won at a push: Here the tree main guys were Brabham, Jack, Moss Striling and Brooks Tony. Once again, the same as in the nine years in arrow before this, three drivers got to this final round. The race and the title go to Brabham, but before winning there was a big moment of drama. Either way Brabham made his way to become the first of Australian drivers to stand on the throne.
  3. Mexico in 1964: The three guys were Hohn Surtees, Hill graham and Jim Clark. Clark had more victories than the rivals but in order to get the title he needed to be the best. The other too had troubles during the race, but managed to get back in the game. Hill collided with Bandini on 31 laps which ended all of his hopes. Clark kept on leading , but seven lap before the end Clarks car started to leak(oil), and one before the end he finished his race and Surtees made his way to the throne. He was the only one who managed to win both on four and two wheels.
  4. Japan in 1976 with drivers James Hunt who won the title, and Lauda, Niki. It was somehow known that this was going to be one of the craziest and most turbulent seasons ever. Niki from Ferrari was amazing in the first six races, and he wanted a title badly. But he had a heavy crash and ended up fighting to stay alive. But then, he made an almost unbelievable recovery, he showed up in the finals only a month later. In the final race, Hunt led the entire time, but then a late puncture happened and he was dropped out, which opened a way for Lauda. But at the end James had one more point than Lauda and was the absolute winner.
  5. Portugal in 1984. We again have Niki Lauda who won the championship this year and Alaion Prost. Lauda won with just a half point more than Prost who was in the team of McLaren. Prost won sixteen races, but Lauda was keeping up with it. They were very close with heir results the whole time of the championship, but Lauda wanted it so badly and at the end he was a winner.
  6. Australia 1994: The Champion: Michael Schumacher and Hill, Damon. This was one of the most infamous finals of this sport. Schumacher had slid off the road and thumped the wall driving his Benetton while Hill was trying to close but Schumacher ‘’attacked’’ and shopped Hill. He was immediately out of the race, but since his mate from Britain wasn’t able to continue he ceded the title. This was really a season full of tragedy and a lot of fuss was made after these finals.

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