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Five Spectacular Monaco Grand Prix Crashes

Five Spectacular Monaco Grand Prix Crashes

Monaco Grand Prix crashes are like volcanic eruptions. Unpredictable, dramatic yet ultimately inevitable. Widely regarded as the most difficult circuit on the Formula One calendar, cars fly through the narrow streets of the Monaco Grand Prix, skimming walls and scraping kerbs. All the while the pressure builds. The drivers feel it. The teams feel it. And most importantly, the crowds can feel it too. Even with all the glitz and glamour available in our personalised Monaco Grand Prix packages, it’s the race’s unpredictability and potential to deliver the most exciting race of the calendar that makes Monaco so popular. Then, out of nowhere, all of this pressure erupts. Monaco Grand Prix crashes may not happen every year, but it feels like Formula One reserves its biggest crashes for the famous Mediterranean Circuit. In this article, we count down five of the most spectacular Monaco Grand Prix crashes that makes the event the truly unmissable spectacle it is today: Monaco Grand Prix Crashes: Alberto Ascari (1955) Perhaps one of the most infamous Monaco Grand Prix crashes saw two-time champion Alberto Ascari end up in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Ocean. As Ascari led the 1955 race, he overshot the renowned ‘Chicane du Port’ (today renamed Nouvelle Chicane), before plowing through sandbags and hay bales into the water. The Italian quickly escaped his sinking vehicle, before being rescued by a nearby boat, suffering only a broken nose, shock and a few other minor bruises. Remarkably, Ascari’s mid-race swim is one of two Monaco Grand Prix crashes involving drivers ending in the harbour. Paul Hawkins repeated Ascari’s feat 10 years later... read more
Places to Visit in Monaco & Beyond: Our Top Sightseeing Tips

Places to Visit in Monaco & Beyond: Our Top Sightseeing Tips

With so many places to visit in Monaco and its neighbouring towns, your weekend at the Grand Prix doesn’t need to be all fast cars, big yachts and overflowing Champagne – although of course that can be arranged as part of our Monaco Grand Prix luxury packages. We believe you can combine the glitz and glam of the Grand Prix with exploring a few hidden gems on the Cote d’Azur. Here are our top 5 places to visit in Monaco and beyond that you really won’t want to miss!   Villefranche Whilst staying on the French Riviera there is no place better to visit than Villefranche-Sur-Mer. Located between Nice and Monaco this idyllic seaside village still retains its old charm. This little fishing port is the perfect place to spend a day. Spend the morning venturing through the narrow cobbled lanes and explore the old citadel that now houses a number of museums and exhibitions and then enjoy the afternoon on the beautiful beach, swimming in the turquoise sea. After enjoying a relaxing day, you can watch the sun go down in one of the seafront restaurants whilst sampling the catch of the day.   Nice During a Monaco Grand Prix weekend, the majority of people choose to stay in Nice and travel to Monaco on the train, a mere 25 minutes along the coast. Nice is a fantastic city full of open-air restaurants and cafés, boutique shops and, of course, the famous Promenade des Anglais. There is truly something for everyone. One of the main focal points in Nice is the Old Town, set just behind the Flower Market.... read more

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