Monaco’s Formula 1 Race Circuit

Monaco_track1Monaco is a formula 1 racing circuit that is well known among racing enthusiasts, It is laid out on the city streets of Monaco, and the drivers have to negotiate the twists and turns of common streets, which makes the race more interesting. The race is commonly known as “Monte Carlo” due to its neighborhood feel and the tradition of the race.

The Grand Prix at Monaco occurs on one weekend per year in the month of May. The city hosts the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix which is one of the highlights of the Formula one season.

It takes six weeks to put the course together before the race can happen. The course itself will have many shifts in elevation, tightened and narrowed corners, and other features that make this race one of the, more demanding circuits in racing. It is more a test in driver’s skills than it is a test of speed alone.

There is very little in the way of overtaking other cars, as the course is so narrow. One driver likened the Monaco course to riding a bicycle around and around in your living room. Much of the final outcome depends upon a car’s grid position along with a flawless pit strategy.

There is a famous part of the course called the tunnel section, which traverses underneath the Fairmont Hotel. This area is somewhat difficult for drivers to handle because the lighting changes so abruptly, changing from light to dark and then quickly back to light again. This happens to occur on one of the fastest areas of the course, so the skill requirements are very great here.

The Monaco circuit is recognised generally as being one of the more dangerous courses in Formula One racing due to its cramped turns and narrow straightaways, and if the course were not already in existence as a Grand Prix course, it would not be allowed under current regulations due to safety reasons. The race is especially hard on brakes and gearboxes due to the necessity of slowing down abruptly at the sharp and narrow corners.

The course is viewed as the ultimate test for drivers in that they have to apply all of their driving skills at all times as far as timing and maneuvering skills. Raw speed is not as much of a factor at all, but the ability to drive into and out of various situations of advantage and being able to avoid unpredictable problems loom large all the time.

The cars themselves are set up with a large downdraft force with aerodynamic wings, which serve the purpose of shortening braking times and when under acceleration, keep the cars stable.