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.