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Monaco Grand Prix combines glamour, glory and risk (VIDEO)

May 23, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

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What comes to mind first when you think of the Monaco Grand Prix?

Money, perhaps? You can’t really blamed for that thought. Formula One’s stature as a billion-dollar enterprise enables it to fit in perfectly with the sophisticated surroundings of Monte Carlo. Or maybe it’s the massive amount of star power that comes in for this event every year — supermodels, movie stars, rock stars and other manner of celebrity. Then there’s the track itself, an unforgiving street circuit that may be Formula One’s slowest track but is also perhaps its most difficult. In this day and age, it’s strikingly out of place when placed against the more modern facilities that play host to the World Championship.

Finally, there’s risk. Monaco is an inherently risky place when you think about it. The city’s legendary casino, which the Circuit de Monaco passes by, makes you wonder just how many people have gone for broke inside its grand halls over the years (safe to assume, it’s probably a lot). And on the Circuit de Monaco, you have to do the same, really. Every lap around Monte Carlo is run on a knife’s edge, right up to those forbidding guardrails, inches from disaster.

Altogether, the race is unlike anything else in Formula One and the world. Unmatched for its atmosphere and its difficulty, it is the one the drivers want more than any other and the one that makes them earn their paychecks more than any other. When you watch this race (Sunday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBC or live online via Live Extra), you know you’re seeing world-class racers at their very best.

And isn’t that what we all want to see?

  1. purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Who can ever forget Senna hitting the barrier with the race in hand? Nothing like Monaco!

  2. sirheady - May 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Monaco is a parade. Indy is a race.

  3. purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Yeah all those Dallaras sure are pretty!

  4. sirheady - May 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    You are absolutely correct. The Dallara is a modern racing machine. The current f1 cars are the ugliest chassis ever to grace a race track. Even the 97-99 Dallara and Panoz Crapwagons are more aesthetically pleasing than a 2013 F1 “Race Car”

  5. purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    yeah those rear bumpers and huge side pods sure are special…LOL. At least F1 cars still have open wheels…lol…I mean race car enthusiasts the world over intend to collect Dallara IndyCars not Ferrari’s or Lotus or Mercedes F1 cars…LMAO! omg im crying with laughter again…this site is pure comedy…LOL

  6. sirheady - May 23, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    you must have a boring life then bro ; Not that funny, plus I’m more of an expert than you.

    Dallara designed the DW12 to be as efficient as possible- A trend that will be replicated ubiquitously throughout all racing series, including F1. The Bumpers and side pods may not be aesthetically pleasing,but they reduce drag and produce the best racing in the world.

    The era of pretty racecars are over.

    • legibby - May 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      I’m sorry sirheady but purple has got you beat on this one.

      First of all let’s look at what it costs to build an F1 car vs a Dallara / Honda or Dallara Chevy Indycar.

      F1 car development and fiscal year budget for two car team: for top teams well over 450 MILLION – that’s half a BILLION dollars per year.

      Indy car budget for entire team Penske last year: 18 million.

      Also, go try to buy an old F1 car – then go try to buy an old Indy car. F1 cars cost 10x the money.

      If you have 30k you can buy Al Unser Jr’s 1995 Indy Car.

      F1 has always been and always will be 5-10 years ahead of Indy – and the question of which is more beautiful depends on whether you appreciate handmade things or things made on an assembly line.

      • legibby - May 24, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Don’t get me wrong — Indy was AMAZING until the mid 1990s — back then it represented the American spirit more than any type of racing. Indy was all about being creative and bring whatever you could come up with – within the liberal set of guidelines – and giving it your best shot.

        Now Indy is all about whatever Engine supplier has paid out the most bribes. There is just nothing innovative going on there anymore.

  7. purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Right because Mclaren is clamoring to put that stuff on their cars…LMAO.

    • purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      F1 designers are reducing the rear of the car as much as possible but you know, you are the expert…so clearly the IndyCar Dallarra is setting the trend…omg dude you are a JOKE. LOL.

  8. iwillneverloginagain - May 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    I never comment on blogs… but I CREATED A NEW ACCOUNT (that I will never use again) just so I could comment here about how HORRIBLE today’s NBC coverage of the Monaco GP was.

    What kind of boneheads are you to show the POST RACE highlights & interviews BEFORE the race started??? I clicked play on my DVR ready for some suspense and the first thing I see… THE WINNERS OF THE RACE all sitting in pit lane celebrating.

    And THEN you show the race AFTER that????

    Idiots.

  9. rshunter71 - May 28, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    “Monaco Grand Prix combines glamour, glory and risk”

    …and an incompetent broadcaster.

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