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Monaco Grand Prix 2007 April 4, 2007

Posted by FugareF1 in Monaco GP 2007.
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The Monaco Grand Prix is arguably the most exciting and hotly anticipated Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Monaco GP Circuit

The Circuit de Monaco consists of the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, which includes the famous harbour. It is unique in having been held on the same circuit every time it has been run over such a long period – only the Italian Grand Prix, which has been held at Monza every year except 1980 and 1921, has a similarly lengthy and close relationship with a single circuit. The erecting of the circuit takes six weeks, and the removal after the race takes three weeks.

The race circuit has many elevation changes, tight corners, and a narrow course that make it perhaps the most demanding track in Formula One racing. As of 2006 only two drivers have crashed and ended up in the harbour, the most famous being Alberto Ascari in 1955.Despite the fact that the course has had minor changes several times during its history, it is still is considered the ultimate test of driving skills in Formula One, and if it were not already an existing Grand Prix, it would not be permitted to be added to the schedule, for safety reasons. Even in 1929, ‘La Vie Automobile’ magazine offered the opinion that “Any respectable traffic system would have covered the track with DANGER sign posts left, right and centre”.

Triple Formula One champion Nelson Piquet was fond of saying that racing at Monaco was “like trying to cycle round your living room,” but added that “a win here was worth two anywhere else”.

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