Five Spectacular Monaco Grand Prix Crashes

Five Spectacular Monaco Grand Prix Crashes

by | Dec 7, 2018 | Blog, Motorsport

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...
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....
Top Tips for a Weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix 2018

Top Tips for a Weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix 2018

BAC Sport have been offering packages for Monaco Grand Prix hospitality for over 20 years, and thus Nice, Monaco and the beautiful French Riviera feel like our second home. However, for those who have never been, the idea of planning a trip can be overwhelming. But fear not, we’re here to pass on our top tips for a weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, so you can sit back and relax knowing you’re in good hands. 1. Top tip – Where to stay   Planning where to stay is our first top tip for a weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. Where you stay will largely be determined by your overall budget. When it comes to the Monaco Grand Prix, there are two main options. The two places we recommended to our clients are Nice or, of course, Monaco itself.   Nice   Once you arrive at Nice airport you will be greeted by one of our on-site representatives, before being transferred to your hotel where you can begin your weekend. As you can imagine, hotels in Monaco are at a premium during the Grand Prix and thus it is more cost effective to stay in Nice.   We can offer a selection of 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels, all within easy reach of Nice train station and which will take you into Monaco. Enjoy walking along with Promenade des Anglais or people watching in Nice Old Town after a full day at the circuit. This is the perfect place to combine the craziness of the Grand Prix with a relaxing city break.   Monaco   For those wanting to be right...
Hungarian Grand Prix 2018: Five Reasons to Visit

Hungarian Grand Prix 2018: Five Reasons to Visit

With the 2017 F1 Championship almost over, we’ve been having a look back at some of the highlights of the season – one of which was a dramatic race at the Hungaroring just before the summer break. We think the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018 could prove just as unmissable. Here are five reasons you should visit… 1. Dramatic F1 action The 2017 race in Hungary was one of the most memorable of the season, with Lewis Hamilton giving up third place for his teammate Valtteri Bottas in a move which cost him crucial points and ultimately could have cost him the championship. If the race had an exciting ending, the start was almost as dramatic, with Max Verstappen colliding with Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap and ending the Australian’s race. A visit to the tight and twisty Hungaroring will also bring back memories for long-time F1 fans, with memorable incidents including Damon Hill’s first win in 1993, Nigel Mansell’s lost wheel in 1987 and then his victory in 1989 after starting 12th and dramatically overtaking Ayrton Senna. If any moments like this are repeated next July, you won’t want to miss the Hungarian Grand Prix 2018. 2. Hungarian thermal baths The Hungarian Grand Prix 2018 takes place on 29 July – the perfect time to squeeze in a summer holiday. Most visitors tend to stay in Budapest, a city with an abundance of things to do while away from the track. A visit wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Hungarian thermal baths, which the capital is famous for. Although there are a number to choose from, Szechenyi...
F1 Winter Testing in Barcelona: Our Inaugural FAM Trip

F1 Winter Testing in Barcelona: Our Inaugural FAM Trip

As we approach the start of the European leg of the Formula 1 calendar at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, we’d like to reminisce back to March for our inaugural FAM trip to the F1 winter testing in Barcelona. Touching down in Barcelona For our first FAM we wanted to show the clients all that Barcelona has to offer in terms of sporting action – and we definitely chose the best time for it. We landed the day after Barcelona took on Paris Saint-Germain at home, with a devastating first leg loss and needing a miracle to make it through to the next round. That miracle happened with three goals occurring in the last five minutes, and the score line finishing at 6-1. When we touched down in Barcelona – following slight delays thanks to French air traffic control – we arrived to sunshine and nine eager agents looking forward to exploring the city. We were staying at the Gran Hotel La Florida, on the outskirts of Barcelona overlooking the city. It was an amazing way to experience the hustle and bustle of city life during the day, and then retreat for a relaxing night in the Tibidabo Hills. A visit to the Nou Camp Our first sporting stop on this fleeting FAM was at the Nou Camp itself, the home of the greats of European football. In our VIP tour we had a private guide explaining all the fun and interesting facts about the stadium, players and the club itself. With some great pictures in the press conference room and pitchside, and a view from the director’s box, this...
Malaysian Grand Prix Facts: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Malaysian Grand Prix Facts: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

The race may still be a good few months away, but we’ve put together a list of Malaysian Grand Prix facts to whet your appetite in the meantime.   The end of an era With its exotic surroundings and devilish circuit, the Malaysian Grand Prix is one of the most unique and exciting races on the F1 calendar. But in November last year Malaysia’s culture and tourism minister, Nazri Abdul Aziz, confirmed that the Sepang track would stop hosting an F1 grand prix after its current agreement expires in 2018. That means there may only be two more chances to experience this iconic race for the foreseeable future. We’ll be sorry to see it go…so much so that we had to put together this fact-based tribute. So without further ado, here are our 10 fascinating Malaysian Grand Prix facts… 1. The Sepang track hosted its first grand prix in 1999 The Sepang International Circuit was designed by German designer Hermann Tilke and constructed between 1997 and 1999 under Mahathir Mohamad’s government. The Prime Minister built the track as part of a series of major infrastructure projects designed to turn the country into a fully industrialised nation. 2. There have been 10 different winners so far Of 18 races so far, 10 different drivers have taken the top spot. Eddie Irvine won the inaugural race for Ferrari in 1999 – but only after an appeal heard the following week. Ferrari were initially disqualified amidst questions over the legality of their cars’ bargeboards. Luckily for Irvine, the appeal found in favour of Ferrari and his win was reinstated – proving to...