The Monaco Grand Prix is considered one of the most famous motor racing circuits in the world and like several of the European circuits, predate the Formula One era. The circuit is a narrow and demanding street circuit, with tight corners and changes in elevation and considered by many the most demanding circuit in F1. The first race was held in 1929 and the Monte Carlo Grand Prix has become one of the most iconic and longest running F1 Grand Prix. The great Ayrtron Senna holds the record for the most wins with six. Graham Hill who becoame known as "King of Monaco" and "Mr Monaco" has five wins from his era.
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"
The course includes a tunnel. The contrast of daylight and gloom when entering/exiting the tunnel presents "challenges not faced elsewhere", as the drivers have to "adjust their vision as they emerge from the tunnel at the fastest point of the track and brake for the chicane in the daylight.". The fastest-ever lap was set by Kimi Räikkönen in qualifying for the 2006 Grand Prix, at 1m 13.532.
The Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world alongside the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. These three races are considered to form a Triple Crown of the three most famous motor races in the world. Graham Hill is the only driver to have completed the Triple Crown, by winning all three races.
Onboard with Fernando Alonso during his pole position lap at the Monaco Grand Prix in 2007
Footage of Ayrton Senna Driving around the Monaco Grand Prix circuit in 1990