September 26, 2010

PGR F1 Grand Prix du Monaco 2010

Round 11 | Circuit de Monaco | 20/09/2010 - 26/09/2010 |

Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine around the harbour of the principality of Monaco. It is commonly referred to as "Monte Carlo" because it is largely inside the Monte Carlo neighbourhood of Monaco.

The idea for a Grand Prix race around the streets of Monaco came from Anthony Nogh├Ęs, the president of the Monegasque car club and close friend of the ruling Grimaldi family. The building of the circuit takes six weeks, and the dismantling after the race another three weeks. The race circuit has many elevation shifts, tight corners, and is narrow. These features make it perhaps the most demanding track in Gran Prix racing. Although the course has changed many times during its history, it is still considered the ultimate test of driving skills in Formula cars.

Due to the tight and twisty nature of the circuit, it favours the skill of the drivers over the power of the cars. However, there is very little overtaking as the course is so narrow and dangerous. The famous tunnel section is said to be difficult for drivers to cope with due to the quick switch from light to dark, then back to light again, at one of the fastest points of the course. As a result, race outcomes tend to be decided by grid positions as well as pit strategies, and is extremely hard on gearboxes and brakes.