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Much of the glamour and luxury of Monaco is undoubtedly down to the fact that, since 1929, the most watched Formula 1 race in the world is staged here. And because it is a street circuit, it is considered one of the toughest for drivers and vehicles, in spite of being one of the slowest. For its ups and downs, its famous tunnel, its narrow streets and also its tremendous views. It is, of course, the most dangerous. And also the most spectacular. Some of the most prestigious drivers like Schumacher, Senna, Prost, Fangio and Graham Hill have won here.
The Grand Prix consists of 78 laps of 3.34 km each and passes by several points of interest that you may have already visited, or you are about to visit: the harbour, the casino and the winding streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, among others.
The event is held annually in May, on Ascension Day, forty days after the resurrection of Christ. And it is a true holiday, because, in the days before and after, the whole principality of Monaco is a spectacle in itself. Here, the most luxurious yachts in the world are moored and the rich and famous can be seen surrounded by glamour.
With a Bugatti painted green, the British driver, William Grover-Williams, was the first winner of the Grand Prix of Monaco on 14 April 1929. Since then, that colour has always been chosen by all British drivers.
So take out your camera to take a picture of the coveted finishing line, located right here, next to the swimming pool in Port Hercules. It is absolutely essential for your Monaco album.