This spring, you can be a part of the most important and prestigious automobile event in the world - the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix 2015. Set in the French Riviera, steeped in a rich motoring history, and known for its unparalleled glamour and ceremony, the Monaco Grand Prix is a must-see for every motoring fan. The Formula One Monaco Grand Prix circuit is the ideal location for showcasing excellence in automobile racing, and the famous annual event is highly enticing to car lovers and Grand Prix fanatics alike.
The event is especially unique as the same basic circuit has been used for the Grand Prix for an extended period of time, with the Italian Grand Prix being its only rival in circuit consistency over the years. The circuit consists of the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, which includes the road passing the famous harbour. With only 37 000 official spectator places available in the tiny town - around 22 000 in the grandstands and 15 000 general admission - viewing spots on the luxury yachts docked in the harbour are prized. Although official viewing spots are limited, there are still about 200 000 people in all watching from the grandstands, lining the streets, and settling in on hotel and restaurant balconies over the four days of the event.
One way to fully enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime motoring experience is by taking a road trip of the French Riviera from Antibes up to Monaco, arriving in time for the Grand Prix. You can pick up a car rental in St. Tropez for the trip, which will give you the freedom to stop off at beaches at a whim, and you will be able to experience the La Grande Corniche behind the wheel, instead of in the back of a bus. This famous stretch of road rises to around 2,000 feet, and it is the best entrance and exit to Nice - especially for driving enthusiasts. The Basse Corniche (lower road) is quite touristy and tends to be clogged with traffic, but it does give excellent views of the sea and pristine beaches.
Once you arrive in Monaco, the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix offers the following events:
Thursday 21 May 2015
Free practice session for Formula Renault 3.5 and Porsche Supercup, and qualifying GP2.
Friday 22 May 2015
Porsche Supercup qualifying session and GP2 first race (42 laps).
Saturday 23 May 2015
Formula Renault 3.5 Stage A and B qualifying sessions, Formula 1 3rd practice session and qualifying session, and GP2 second race (30 laps).
Sunday 24 May 2015 - 73rd Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco
Porsche Supercup race (16 laps), Formula Renault 3.5 Race (44 min + 1 lap), and then the Formula 1 Driver's Parade and Formula One Monaco Grand Prix 2015, which starts at 14:00.
The schedules are subject to change, but you can get an idea of the excellent program of events for this year. Keep updated with the latest news on the official Formula 1 website to ensure you have the best motoring tourism experience possible!