The Magic of the Monaco Grand Prix


18th November 2019

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Anthony Moss

Experience the excitement, energy and power of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix from the comfort and luxury of Ultimate Driving Tours' private yacht.

A formula 1 car navigates a chicane at the Monaco Grand Prix

Mention the word ‘Monaco' and you can almost see and feel and touch the magic.

The tiny independent city-state on the French Mediterranean coast is synonymous with wealth, luxury and glamour. Casinos and billionaires, super-yachts and super-models: Monaco is all about those who have made it – and those who would like to. Apparently one in three people who live here are millionaires!

Superyachts berthed side by side for the Monaco F1 weekend

It's also one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and one of those places you should see at least once in your life, to experience the fabulous architecture (including the iconic casino and the opera house), and sample the boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs.

And even if you are not a dyed-in-the-wool motor racing fan, it's perhaps not surprising that one of the most important and prestigious races in the motorsport world is held in Monaco. Years ago, FIA officials commented that the city ‘contributes an exceptional location of glamour and prestige' to motorsport. It's still true.

Ultimate Driving Tours' guests watching the F1 race in Monaco

Run on the narrow street circuit known as the Circuit de Monaco, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of the races that make up the famous Triple Crown of Motorsport, along with the Indy 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Of course, for true motorsport fans, the Monaco Grand Prix is the jewel in the Formula One crown, the race that is always on the bucket list. Certainly it was on mine, probably dating back to the time I first became aware of Formula One itself.

It's probably no surprise, then, that including the Grand Prix of Monaco in a tour was a must-do when we were working through what to include in the Ultimate Driving Tours calendar.

Guests relaxing aboard Ultimate Driving Tours' private superyacht at the Monaco Grand Prix

There's so much history here. The first race was run in 1929. Later, Monaco was part of the European Championship before World War II, and was included in the first World Drivers' Championship in 1950.

The 3.3km circuit shadows the hilly nature of the city, with tight corners and many changes of elevation making it one of the most demanding and dangerous tracks in the series, even though it is run at relatively low speeds.

It is the only GP that does not meet the FIA mandate for a race to be 305km minimum distance – the race is 260.29km in length.

Ultimate Driving Tours' private superyacht in Monaco harbour for the grand prix

If you join our Monaco Grand Prix tour, you will be watching all the action unfold from our superyacht, moored in Port Hercule – and you will be seeing it all in true Monaco style. Keep your eyes open – you never know when you might spot someone rich and famous on the boat moored next to us!

Mark Webber entertains guests of Ultimate Driving Tours at the Monaco Grand Prix

Fabulous food and French champagne are part of the experience – but so is the chance to meet some Australian motorsport royalty, who will impart their knowledge of the sport and the circuit to enhance the weekend even further.

This is one of the best parts of the tour for many of our guests. Mark Webber has won here twice (2010, 2012), while a win at Monaco in 1959 proved a hint of things to come for David Brabham's famous father – he won his first world title that year. Aussie favourite Daniel Ricciardo has topped the podium once here, in 2018, so fingers crossed we will be watching him do it again.

An F1 car being driven by an Ultimate Driving Tours guest in France

And if you're inspired by the idea of racing, you might want to start the weekend by joining our F1 drive experience, a day of driver training in former Formula one cars at a private circuit in the south of France. It's just one of the options that are available as add-ons to this tour.

Ultimate Driving Tours' private yacht in Port Hercule seen from the rear

The Monaco GP tour is one of three Grand Prix tours we have in our tour calendar, the others being to the Italian and American GPs. However, Monaco is definitely one of our bucket-list and most popular events. If you think the Monaco GP is the bucket list item you want to tick off in 2020, please book soon because numbers are limited and it is filling fast.