The Monaco Grand Prix epitomises Formula One racing: heritage, glamour, passion and speed. Alongside the Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours, it forms one third of the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport: the three most prestigious events on the global racing calendar.
One of just seven venues to host a round of the inaugural Formula One World Championship in 1950, Monte Carlo has been a permanent fixture on the calendar since 1955. In that time the circuit has changed remarkably little. Slight alterations were made in 2003, in particular a new, gentler entry to the Rascasse corner.
Further changes came in 2004, with a new pit complex and increased spectator capacity. These minor alterations aside, the circuit has remained largely unaltered ever since staging its first (pre-Formula One World Championship) Grand Prix in 1929.
A combination of precision driving, technical excellence and sheer bravery is required to win in Monte Carlo, with some great names having ended their races in the Monaco walls. The Armco barrier-lined circuit leaves no margin for error, demanding more concentration than any other Formula One track.