Monaco GP: The eternal challenge of conquering F1’s most famous track explained before the 2024 race | F1 News

The guide to a wonderfully unique circuit.

Nineteen tight corners. Barriers in the driver’s line of sight at all times, ready to punish even the smallest mistake.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the French Riviera. This is the Monaco Circuit.

The most difficult lap in F1 begins with a race towards a tight right-hand corner, Sainte Devote; It is named after a chapel that is located just behind the corner. Sainte Devote offers many opportunities for a kill, particularly on the first lap, and at the same time offers an overtaking opportunity, as it is located at the end of a DRS straight.

An uphill climb with a slight bend in the track (Beau Rivage) leads to Massenet, a tight but surprisingly fast left-hander. It takes its name from a French composer and its corner borders the Monaco opera house.

Drivers then reach ‘Casino’, a right curve that passes the Monte Carlo Casino.

Now things get a little more difficult. The Mirabeau Haute and Mirabeau Bas right-handers, named after the nearby hotel, sandwich one of the circuit’s most recognizable corners, the Grand Hotel Hairpin. Good luck navigating this with your car, let alone trying to overtake!

Instead of heading into the sea, it is a good idea to turn right at Portier, before drivers enter the tunnel. There is a gradual right curve there, although it is easy to get there at full speed these days.

Upon exiting the tunnel, drivers are faced with an overtaking opportunity at the Nouvelle Chicane. Oh, and for many yacht fans…

Then we have the left, Tabac, named after a small tobacco shop.

Then we have a fast and incredibly technical ‘pool complex’, with two chicanes that look, and should feel, fast, with barriers ready to punish the slightest mistake. The left-to-right chicane is named after Louis Chiron, a former Monegasque driver, while the right-to-left chicane takes cars around the pool.

Then it’s time for the very tight La Rascasse corner (next to a restaurant of the same name), where there have been many incidents over the years, before the drivers face a final right-hand corner at Anthony Noghes, more manageable. Noghes was the founder of the Monaco GP.

Drivers then return to the start-finish straight to complete the lap.

Do it for 78 laps at the front and you’ll become a Monaco Grand Prix winner.

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