The “slowest” and most difficult stage of Formula 1 World Championship is exactly the legendary Circuit de Monaco. Every racer in the world dreams of making it through this racing circuit. You can find out more about the Principality and its news at the Monaco web site, and now we’ll speak of Circuit de Monaco in details.
Why So Difficult?
To pass the stage through, a racer has to put a lot of efforts because even the slightest mistake in driving through the streets of Principality may become fatal. It is not easy for F1 bolides to fit the special circuit at the city center temporarily cleared up for the race.
As it is almost impossible to accelerate during the race, the driver’s qualification is the decisive factor here, at Circuit de Monaco. Taking into account the fact that tech issues appear frequently, it is their driving mastery that helps them to stay on the road.
Circuit History & Route
Officially, the second historic track circuit section was accepted on May 21, 1950, after the Formula 1 competition on the Silverstone airfield took place. Nevertheless, the Circuit de Monaco became the motor racing track back in 1929. The Monaco track is one of the last “human factor” tracks, where the driver’s talent can play the main role. (Ayrton Senna won this race 6 times. 5 of them were since 1989 to 1993).
The track length has been remaining almost unchanged since 1950 (3.337 km). After the straight part of the track, racers start the first turn through Sainte-Devote – the place where bolides have been crashing regularly.
Then, on the distance to the Casino, bolides need to change their movement direction rapidly to the right and try to move through narrow, tight streets. Then, they go down to another bend – to the right of Mirabeau. A crazy run then continues to another tight turn near the former Monte-Carlo railway station. It is named by the hotel built instead of the railway – The Fairmont Hairpin bend, the slowest bend of the entire F1 championship.
The Portier sector leads the drivers towards the sea where the track passes through the tunnel. Then, there is a zig-zag path with obstacles near the port. Further, there goes another bend to the left of Tabac (there was a tobacconist to live once at the corner), the swimming pool sector, the right turn around the La Rascasse restaurant. Then, there goes the Antony Noes bend, and finally, the competition supply lines.
The Circuit of Monaco met some slight changes since the moment of creation:
In 1973, there appeared a route to the swimming pool that allowed to install the supplies at the better place.
In 1976, two new sections with zigzag-shaped obstacles appeared in the Sainte-Devote road and right after the tight path near the La Rascasse.
- – a new section with zigzag obstacles appeared at the quay.
1997 – the first S-shaped bend near the swimming pool appears again, named after Louis Chiron
2003 – the first phase of Circuit corrections touched only the south side of the port.
2004 – the width of the competition supply lines was widened twice as much. At the level of Albert I Boulevard, the new building appeared in the place of the former path between La Rascasse and the swimming pool.
Currently, Circuit de Monaco remains the most difficult and skill-based part of the Formula 1 World Championship. It is among the most famous motor racing tracks in the world.