Considered by many auto racing enthusiasts as the racing season’s premier event, the Monaco Grand Prix forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport along with Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is an annual Formula One race that has been held since 1929 on the Circuit de Monaco, which has been lauded as an “exceptional location of glamour and prestige.”
For the race, a narrow course with tight turns, numerous elevation levels, and a tunnel is laid out on the streets of Monaco. This is said to be one of Formula One racing’s most demanding tracks. This is the only Grand Prix that does not follow the 305-kilometer minimum distance mandated by the FIA and it also involves relatively lower average speeds compared to other Grand Prix. But that does not mean the Monaco track isn’t a dangerous place for racers. In fact, the race often requires intervention from a safety car.
The very first Monaco Grand Prix was staged by Antony Noghès, a cigarette magnate. William Grover-Williams, driving a Bugatti, holds the distinction of winning that race. The Monaco Grand Prix was part of both the first World Championship of Drivers in 1950 and the pre-Second World War European Championship. Back in the days when the title of European Grand Prix was an honorary designation that was given to one race in Europe each year, the Monaco event was awarded the title twice, in 1955 and 1963.
In recent years, the race has garnered an average of 25 million viewers each year, with 2012 having the worst turnout due to the ever-present threat of rain that could have interrupted the race at any point. As the sport of auto racing grows in popularity, the number of Monaco Grand Prix viewers continues to rise as well. This year, the race was held on May 24 and won by Nico Rosberg, who claimed his third consecutive win in the event.