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Behind each Monaco Grand Prix is found a legend. A brief history of a weekend of motor racing unlike any other in the world.

Originally nicknamed the ‘Race of 1,000 Corners’, this urban grand prix has, since it was first introduced, asserted itself as one of the three events that make up the famous Triple Crown of Motorsport, alongside the no less celebrated Indianapolis 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Barely changed since 1930, the legendary circuit has retained all of its character, although the backdrop has been heavily updated over the decades.

Some of the highlights experienced over the course of its history include the victories of Juan Manuel Fangio (El Maestro) and British driver Stirling Moss, which quickly made Monaco an essential event on the racing calendar, providing both a demanding test for competitors and an exciting show for spectators.

In 1964, Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace presented the trophy to Graham Hill, a five-time winner of the Monaco Grand Prix (a record at the time, which has since been matched).

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It was on Monaco’s legendary circuit that Ayrton Senna was introduced to the world in 1984 – even though it was Alain Prost, a four-time champion in the Principality, who drove to victory that year. With five wins, Michael Schumacher has also made his mark on the history of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who have won the race in the Principality twice and three times respectively, are more recent additions to the honour roll for this unparalleled Grand Prix…

 

The Monaco Grand Prix is glamorous, colourful and exciting.

Jackie Stewart, three-time champion (1967, 1971 and 1973).

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In 2024, starting from pole position, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) won the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of Oscar Piastri (McLaren) and his teammate Carlos Sainz. “In the last 15 laps, the emotion was overwhelming. I was thinking of my father (who passed away in 2017, Editor’s note), who gave everything so that I could be here. He dreamed of me racing here and winning; it’s incredible,” the driver commented after his victory.

Charles Leclerc thus became the first Monegasque driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix in Formula 1. Monegasque Louis Chiron had won in 1931, but that was before the creation of the World Championship. Before Charles Leclerc’s historic performance, Louis Chiron was also the only Monegasque driver to have stood on the podium in Monaco, finishing third in 1950 behind Juan Manuel Fangio and Alberto Ascari.

In the very exclusive circle of Monegasque drivers who have started a Formula 1 Grand Prix is also Olivier Beretta (Larrousse). In 1994, he crossed the finish line of the Monaco Grand Prix in 8th place.

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