Monaco. It is a race that has to be seen to be believed. Even when the racing action is less than exhilarating, Monaco is a magical place to watch racing cars.
I am more than well aware that I have the best access that even money itself cannot buy. But even for the average fan watching from one of the countless balconies or grandstands that cover Monte Carlo, and even more so for those watching on TV and seeing those heart pounding onboard clips of today’s drivers throwing a car, that for all intents and purposes, shouldn’t be able to go as fast as they do around the glittering streets of Monaco, it is truly jaw dropping.
Trust me when I say, watching trackside here will still very much make the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up. It is unbelievable. Stand for 2 minutes at the apex of the nouvelle chicane, and you will be questioning everything that you’ve ever thought a car could do in this world.
Then make your way down the harbor and watch them dance through the swimming pool chicane and physics itself seems to be an idea rather than a law. Stand for one moment in the tunnel and you can feel every one of those 800 horses coursing through your veins. Those feelings of sheer awe are exactly what F1 should make you feel.
F1 continues to evolve itself. The debate will rage on which direction the sport should go, but one direction I know it needs to keep the course with, is making sure that the classic tracks, like this one, remain on the Grand Prix calendar. Is it dangerous? Definitely. Does it produce amazing racing? Generally not. But does it exemplify F1 in every way that it should? Yes.
Let’s be honest, the reason we are drawn to F1 is that it is mysterious, glamorous, fast, loud(ish) and the pinnacle of motorsport in every definition of the word (or should be anyway). The drivers are mostly regarded as the best in world. The car’s aero and engine capabilities are less important at Monaco than anywhere else. We can see who is truly the best of the best here. And that, among so many other things makes Monaco special. It is a dance club, a race track, a people watching extravaganza and one hell of an exhausting week. But I think I speak for everyone who has been here, it is like nothing else on Earth.
Long live Formula 1. Long live Formula 1 racing on the streets of Monaco.
Thanks to James, Russ, Laurent, Matthew, Road and Track, Blackbird, Senate Grand Prix, Shane and Monaco Star Events and the amazing track marshals that make this weekend always one to remember.
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