Monaco Grand Prix Packages
It began in 1929, on April 14th at 13:30, under the honorary Presidency of S.A.S. the Prince Louis II that the Grand Prix of Monaco was born thanks in particular to President Anthony Noghes who showed a strong will in order to be able to organize in the smallest European state (after the Vatican) an event of this scale. His idea strongly supported by the Prince Louis II and thanks to its motivation and support of the famous driver Monegasque, Louis Chiron.
At this date, 20 competitors leave for a race of 300 kilometers or 2 hours which every comes first.
Monaco Grand Prix winners have evolved dramatically since the early days. The first race took place in 1929 by the Automobile Club of Monaco and Antony Noghès. The only way the race could be held was in the streets of Monte Carlo. It began as an enthusiast’s car rally and was won by a Bugatti with an average speed of 48 mph driven by William Grover-Williams. The event was by invitation only. By 1933, the race had gained a prestigious reputation, along with French, Italian, Belgium, and Spanish Grands Prix. The races ended in 1938 due to World War II.
Racing started again in Paris in 1945 and in 1946, the Grand Prix premier racing category was begun. In 1948, the Monaco Grand Prix was won by Nino Farina in a Maserati 4CLT. The race was skipped in 1949 due to the death of Prince Louis II, but was included in the new Formula One World Drivers’ Championship in 1950.
The race was halted from 1951 to 1954, but began again in 1955 as part of the Formula One World Championship. One of the race’s earliest winners was Graham Hill from Britain. He won the race five times in the 60s, thus becoming known as “Mr. Monaco” and “King of Monaco”.
Today the Grand Prix of Monaco is internationally known even by the least enthusiastic of motor sport and after various modification on the initial track (turn Sainte-Devote, the turn of the restaurant «La Rascasse»), the track measures currently 3,367 meters.
Out of all the Monaco Grand Prix winners, Ayrton Senna, a Brazilian, has had the most with six, including five consecutive years between 1989 and 1993. He broke Graham Hill’s previous record.
The course includes the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, and, of course, the famous harbor. It has quite a few tight corners, elevation changes, a tunnel, and has short straightaways, which makes it a very demanding race. Even though the track has had small changes, it remains as the ultimate test in driving skills in the Formula One.
If you’ve been to Monaco, but haven’t made it to the Grand Prix, then add it to your bucket list. There are several places to view the race, including the deck of yachts, balconies of hotels and buildings, and grandstands. You’ll experience first-hand how the rich and famous live. Join in with the yacht parties, the gala event, and dine in some of the best restaurants in Europe. If you haven’t yet made it to Monaco, then mark your calendar for the Monaco Grand Prix. It will be the most exciting 78 laps of racing you’ll ever see!
Be sure to contact The Grand Prix Club for information about attending this year.
How to Prepare for the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix
Alt Title: Get Ready for Monaco 2020: Everything You Need for the Grand Prix
The 2020 Monaco Grand Prix is always an incredibly exciting event for F1 fans, but if you want to make the most of your trip, you’ll need to come up with a plan in advance. Since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix has been a staple of the F1 racing circuit, and one of the most prestigious races in the world. Accordingly, it attracts tens of thousands of fans to a country with a population of less than 40,000 to begin with.
Ideally, you’ll plan your trip as inexpensively as possible, while maximizing your enjoyment of the Grand Prix events—and also allowing you to explore the country of Monaco.
Understanding the Lineup of Events at the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix
First, understanding the traditional schedule of the Monaco Grand Prix. As per tradition, the Monaco Grand Prix is a three-day event, taking place the last weekend in May (or in the case of 2020, the second-to-last weekend). Unlike most Grand Prix events, Monaco hosts events on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, Friday for half of the day the track is active with practice for some of the support classes, grandstands are open to the public on Friday with no charge.
On Thursday is a series of practice sessions, where spectators like you will watch their favorite drivers get a feel for the track and make adjustments to their cars (along with their teams). On Saturday, morning Formula 1 practice and afternoon there will be a qualifying event. 20 Drivers will participate in an elimination-style event, with the slowest 5 drivers eliminated in the first session, then 5 more drivers eliminated in the second session until only 10 remain. Then, these final 10 drivers will go head-to-head in a contest to determine pole position. On Sunday, the actual Monaco Grand Prix race will be held, and a victor will be declared.
You’ll want to attend each of these unique events, to immerse yourself in the Grand Prix and to see your favorite drivers as they get used to the track conditions (and other drivers). Each day will add something unique to your experience.
Purchase a Travel Package for the 2020 Monaco Grand Prix
Enjoying the race is the easy part. Before you can do that, you’ll need to manage all the logistics of your trip, and plan a budget for the weekend. Fortunately, there’s an easy way for you to both reduce your expenses and simplify your travel itinerary: purchase a package deal.
Travel packages vary in what they offer and how much they cost, but they generally include some combination of the following:
- Airfare is pretty standard, but you might be able to get a discount if you buy it as part of a bigger package.
- Transportation between the airport and hotel. Make sure you have a reliable way to get from the airport to your hotel.
- Hotel accommodations. Don’t be afraid to splurge on a luxury hotel, especially if you can get a discount by buying it as part of a package; it can add a lot to your stay.
- Race tickets. Obviously, you can’t forget the race tickets themselves. Generally, Grand Prix tickets are sold as a weekend set, permitting you access to events Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
- Transportation to the track. Be prepared with a way to get to the track on race day—your travel package may have options for you here.
- Discounts and other perks. See if your travel package has discounts at stores, or other perks to enhance your trip even further. You may be able to find a package that allows you to explore the country of Monaco, or one with cheap options for food and drinks during your stay.
The Grand Prix Club, Inc. is a licensed USA-based tour operator that offers some of the most valuable and complete Grand Prix tour packages for F1 fans in the United States. Make sure to browse our selection of Grand Prix travel packages for the best deals!
Pack and Prepare
In addition to the typical items you’d pack for a vacation (i.e., clothes, toiletries, etc.), you’ll need to consider bringing a few extra items for the Grand Prix itself. Namely, you’ll want to bring an umbrella in case of rain, a phone or camera so you can take photos, extra batteries or charging stations, sunscreen, and earplugs. You’ll also want to check the item restrictions of the racetrack before departing; depending on the day, you may or may not be allowed to bring your own food or drinks to the racetrack.
Know How to Get Around
Monaco is a small country, which makes it easy to navigate (for the most part). It’s possible to rent a car, but you probably won’t need one—and besides, the streets are usually extremely busy, meaning you’ll be dealing with traffic the entire time. Instead, consider walking to most of your destinations; the elevation changes in Monaco can be tough to deal with, but public lifts can assist you. In the meantime, you can purchase a bus pass and rely on Monaco’s excellent public transportation system.
Arrive Early and Choose Your Seats
For practice and qualifying, your tickets may be general admission, meaning the seats are first-come, first-served. Accordingly, you’ll want to arrive at the track early and scout out the best possible seats for the event. There are no “bad” seats at the Monaco Grand Prix, but you may personally prefer some over others. Feel free to experiment with different locations and angles, and stick to the ones you like best.
See Monaco (and Possibly France)
While the Grand Prix will undoubtedly be the highlight of your trip, you should know that Monaco has a lot to offer on its own. Between events, especially on Friday, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the country. Take in the sights of the Mediterranean sea, explore some of Monaco’s famous gardens, and visit the local shops that give the country such a unique, local feel. Plus, France is incredibly close by, so you may be able to spend a day or two in yet another popular European country.
If you’re ready to start planning your trip to Monaco, be sure to check out our 2020 Monaco Grand Prix tickets and travel packages. Book your trip today, or contact us to learn more about how to make the most of your 2020 Grand Prix experience!