For many people, the Monaco Grand Prix is the race of the season. It’s the mixture of a street circuit with a rich history and the dream that perhaps one day we might be able to afford to live in a place like Monaco.
In recent years this has been one of Nico Rosberg’s favourite races. He’s won it for the past two seasons and another win this weekend would really put the pressure on Lewis Hamilton who has only won once at Monaco.
Monaco Grand Prix Fact File
Getting pole position is really important here with 10 of the past 11 winners qualifying fastest. The exception to the rule was Olivier Pannis, who in 1996 started 14th and won the race. Michael Schumacher was on pole but he crashed out on the first lap
The race has 78 laps and the street circuit is one of the shortest being just over two miles.
The first Monaco Grand Prix was held in 1929 and was won by William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti. He was a special agent for the Special Operations Executive and was executed by the Germans in World War Two, though there are some who believe he survived the war and used another identity.
It takes around 7.5 seconds to go through the famous tunnel and is the longest time spent at full throttle on the circuit.
Graham Hill won the race five times in the 1960s and became known as the King of Monaco and Mr Monaco. He never wore a Superman cape on the podium though, that was David Coulthard in 2006.
Graham Hill is also the only driver to have won the triple crown of the Monaco Grand Prix, 24 hrs of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.
Former World Champion Nelson Piquet said that a win at Monaco was worth two anywhere else.
In 1996 just four cars finished the race. The last two drivers to retire from the race received points for fifth and sixth.
Two drivers have actually crashed into the harbour. Alberto Ascari was leading the race in 1955 when he did just that and had to swim to safety. Sadly four days later he was killed when testing a Ferrari Sports car at Monza. In 1965 Paul Hawkins did the same in his private Lotus. He was killed racing a sports car four years later.
Last Five Winners
2014: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2013: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
2012: Mark Webber (Red Bull)
2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2010: Mark Webber (Red Bull)
Most Wins – Drivers
6 Ayrton Senna – including a run of five straight wins between 1989 and 1993
5 Graham Hill and Michael Schumacher
4 Alain Prost
Most Wins – Constructors