Five reasons to visit the Monaco Grand Prix: F1’s unmissable event

Five reasons to visit the Monaco Grand Prix: F1’s unmissable event

As card-carrying motorsport fanatics, it’s no easy task for us whittling our long list down to just a paltry five reasons to go watch the Monaco Grand Prix. The name alone conjures up an air of excitement and anticipation to rival the very best global sport has to offer. It’s the event that attracts both the die-hard petrolheads and those fair-weather fans who might not even follow Formula One that closely. Monaco’s meagre population of 37,800 or so would squeeze into Leeds United’s Elland Road ground with a handful of seats to spare – though why they’d want to is another question entirely. For one weekend, though, up to 200,000 descend on the principality – more than twice the capacity of Wembley. So what’s all the fuss about? What are the main reasons to visit the Monaco Grand Prix? 1. The race is one of the most prestigious – and the best Just seeing motorsport’s most prestigious offering is a good enough reason for most racegoers to make the journey to Monaco. This 78-lap race sees the world’s leading F1 drivers weave their way around a dramatic street circuit. Highlights include the famous Casino Square, the Fairmont Hairpin, divers flying out of the tunnel and into a tight chicane then past the swimming pool and the one and only La Rascasse corner. It’s a tough circuit and limited overtaking opportunities mean it favours the driver in pole position. You might wonder if there is limited ability to challenge then why do we regard it so highly? Firstly, it means any change in the racing pecking order is all the more...
Gareth Southgate’s England Under 21 squad: Who’s missing?

Gareth Southgate’s England Under 21 squad: Who’s missing?

No sooner was the ink dry on Gareth Southgate’s England Under 21 squad than the debate started raging about who else would pull out. Pressure from clubs or fitness concerns have already led to Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere, Raheem Stirling and Luke Shaw’s omission from the initial 27-man party for the European Championships, which kicks off in the Czech Republic on June 17. Southgate still has the likes of Harry Kane to rely on – but even Tottenham’s 20-goal hitman has been warned by boss Mauricio Pochettino that participation could jeopardise his chances of playing for Spurs early next season. Highly-rated defenders Calum Chambers, John Stones and Eric Dier also make the cut, as does Chelsea prodigy Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has earned plaudits for his displays in the Blues’ midfield in recent weeks. Few countries in Europe can boast talent to match the likes of Shaw, Barkley, Sterling, Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. All things being equal, former Middlesbrough boss Southgate would have some of the brightest young stars in Europe to choose from. But it’s rarely that simple – as his predecessor Stuart Pearce will testify. It’s now or never for Southgate’s England Under 21 squad If ever an Under 21 England team was required to perform it is now. Decades ago it would have been deemed such an honour to pull on an England shirt at any level that players would have walked through broken glass to participate. Nowadays, spiralling wages and the billion-pound revenues of the Premier League have seen the priorities of both players and clubs shift dramatically. It doesn’t have to be that way. Germany and Spain in particular have benefited hugely...