Walking the Epic Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix Racetrack

Witnessing firsthand the madness that is the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix is a Bucket List item I’m still yet to achieve. (Although I shouldn’t complain too much, since for the last four years I’ve spent the same weekend at another iconic race, the Indy 500.)

I might not have had the chance to watch a race live at Monaco, but last spring I at least got the opportunity to visit the principality. And what better way to get a feel for the tight, confined streets of Monte Carlo, than to walk the route of the F1 track…

The Start-Finish Line

Building the pits

Me and Rich on Pole Position

Race Control is the first structure to be built for the race

Turn 1, Sainte Devote, where so much of the action happens

Sculpture of William Grover-Williams in his Bugatti at Sainte Devote

Heading up Beau Rivage

Looking back at the harbour from Beau Rivage

Curving left through Massenet at the top of Beau Rivage

Squeezing into Casino Square

Casino Square

The World Famous Casino Monte Carlo

Passing the ‘bump’ on the way to Mirabeau


Aiming for the Grand Hotel Hairpin

Looking down on the hairpin exit

It’s easy to see why the Monaco hairpin is the slowest corner in Formula 1

One of the hairpin curbs

Me at the hairpin

Continuing down the hill to Portier (although this guy would be going the wrong way in the race!)

Approaching Portier

Portier from above

Modern era Formula 1 car near Portier

Me above the entrance to the tunnel

Sue modelling the curb at Portier on the run down to the tunnel

Curving through the tunnel

Part of the crash protection already in place in the tunnel

Dark to light: about to exit the tunnel

Between the tunnel and the chicane

A chicane is located here during the race… I couldn’t figure out how they’d fit it in!

Assembling the metal protective barriers

Look how close the track runs to the harbour towards Tabac!

Dodging through the Swimming Pool section

Stands going up near the Swimming Pool, opposite the pits

Rascasse cafe and corner

The short dash from Rascasse to the final corner of the lap, which is named after the man who invented the Monaco Grand Prix, Anthony Noghes

Aim straight ahead to navigate the Anthony Noghes corner onto the start-finish straight, or duck right into the pits

My second statue of Juan Manuel Fangio with his Mercedes, this time at the Anthony Noghes corner (the other was in Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Back onto the start-finish straight, a lap of Monaco completed

Do you think they’ll let me join?!

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16 Responses to Walking the Epic Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix Racetrack

  1. Josh Hewitt says:

    Great post! What an amazing experience!

  2. restlessjo says:

    I don’t know how many times I must have watched this race, back in the Schumacher days. I used to hate that tunnel! And after all that racing, for things to end as they did was tragic. So how come you didn’t stay for the race when they were already putting scaffolding up- prior engagement? 🙂 🙂 Thanks for showing me the circuit, Jaspa.

    • Jaspa says:

      You’re right, Jo. It’s very sad what happened to Michael. And although they were already putting up the stands and stuff, we were still there almost two months before race day! That said, I would have loved to hang around!

  3. Thanks for sharing that! I used to watch that race all the time. Great to have an intimate look at the course during race prep!

  4. Cee Neuner says:

    These are marvelous photos for all these challenges. Well done and captured.

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  7. Hammad Rais says:

    These are indeed wonderful snaps of this great racetrack 🙂

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  9. AL says:

    Amazing post. It is definitely on my bucket list too. Love the photos, it must have been so surreal

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