Next week the Formula 1 Paddock will turn into a glamorous runway for every kind of celebrity. This is what makes the Monaco Grand Prix so remarkable and unique: the atmosphere, the audience and the possibility to watch the race being so close to the cars.
The Montecarlo circuit has always been object of several critics through the years, thanks to the lack of overtaking due to the strictness of the track. Usually the race is decided on Pole day, but despite it all, the Grand Prix never loses its charm and is one of the most waited appointment in the calendar.
But what it takes to build such a circuit and host all the Paddock’s Hospitalities and events?
Mobil 1 The Grid spoke with nothing less than FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting, about the organization and the construction of the circuit.
“Monaco is one of the easy one. They’ve been doing it for so long they know exactly what to do. It’s a massive job because obviously every guardrail post has a number on it and it corresponds with a number on the ground where the hole is in the street.” Says Whiting. The circuit needs to meet safety and competitions criteria, something that is not always easy to accomplish, especially with new city track like Baku.
“Baku for example, required far more input from the outside. It was the same with Singapore, 15, 12 years ago. The way the Singapore track is put together is remarkable. Every single thing had a drawing product and continue exactly where this block was last year and where it’s gonna go back this year.” Continues Charlie. Since it’s in the calendar since the very Formula 1 first championship, they know how to do it in Monaco, so that the FIA doesn’t have to worry about anything. “All the temporary buildings for example they have to disassemble them and take them away, but it’s not something that we actually really get involved with. We almost literally turn up there and it’s done.”
Apart from its uniqueness during the sessions and all the fellow events, the Monaco Grand Prix is famous because not only you can drive on track during all year, but even mere hours after the session on track.
“All the Monaco roads are open within an hour and a half and that’s because of a clever way in which they’ve designed the gates to come on so they’re not in a run off area. You can just open the gates and cars can come through, it’s like clockwork.”
All these elements contribute to make this circuit legendary and an appointment for several fans from around the world. Not only the Pricipality is the home of most F1 stars, but the action in Monaco is like nowhere else and is a dream to many to attend the race and see it from the Grandstands or a balcony.
“We know racing’s very difficult on that circuit, make no bones about that, but everyone accepts that. It doesn’t turn the fans off. Fans come for the atmosphere, it really can be very very spectacular, and I think it’s the great importance to the championship.”
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