One of the greatest Formula One motor racing spectacles in the world, the Monaco Grand Prix (or Grand Prix de Monaco in French) is held annually on the Circuit de Monaco, a street circuit laid out on the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine in the tiny principality of Monaco. First held in 1929, it has come to be widely regarded as one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world. The 2014 Monaco Grand Prix will be held this year on May 25th, 2014.
As the race is held on a narrow course, it is also considered a dangerous race despite the relatively low average speeds. Because of this, it is the only grand prix that is not required to adhere to the FIA’s mandated 305 kilometres (190 miles) minimum distance. Due to its reputation, the race attracts many of the world’s top F1 drivers every year to try to outrace each other for the coveted title.
Here are the top 5 drivers to watch at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix:
- Sebastian Vettel: Sebastian is considered to be one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One. In 2009, he became the youngest runner-up in the World Drivers’ Championship. The following year, he became the youngest driver to win the championship. The current world champion, this 27 year old German race car driver has won the championship back to back from 2010 to 2013. He is currently driving for the Austrian racing team Red Bull Racing.
- Fernando Alonso: Fernando Alonso is a 33 year old Spanish F1 race car driver and a two-time world champion. Before making his F1 debut in 2001 with Minardi, he was a karting champion, having won the Spanish championship four times from 1994 to 1997 and the world championship once in 1996. In 2005, he won the F1 World Driver’s Championship at the age of 24, the youngest at the time. He won the championship again the following year becoming the youngest double champion at the time. He is currently racing for Scuderia Ferrari.
- Lewis Hamilton: Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is a 29 year old British F1 race car driver who won the 2008 Formula One World Championship. Often labeled “the first black F1 driver” owing to his mixed parentage (black father and white mother), he is also the youngest ever driver to secure a contract (with McLaren) that later resulted in an F1 race. On his way to the F1 championship, he won the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries and the GP2. He currently races for the Mercedes AMG team.
- Mark Webber: Mark Alan Webber is a 38 year old Australian race car driver who started his racing career in 1994. His F1 debut in 2002 scoring the first points for Minardi in three years. Since then he has gone on to win several races. His first F1 win was the 2009 German Grand Prix with Red Bull Racing after second places at the Chinese, Turkish and British Grand Prix races earlier in the same year. His second F1 win was the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix and his third F1 win was the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix.
- Kimi Räikkönen: Kimi-Matias Räikkönen is a 35 year old Finnish F1 race car driver and a one-time champion. He made his F1 debut in 2001 as a regular driver after having raced in junior open-wheel categories for several years. He won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship in 2007. Currently, he is driving for Ferrari.
The Monaco Grand Prix is definitely one of the auto racing events to catch this year, with scores of skilled drivers battling it out on the streets of Monaco. Want to get in on the action? Contact a Roadtrips Sports Travel Specialist today.