MONACO | monaco Grand Prix

Scoring:

  • Circuit Experience: 6

  • City Action: 6.5

  • X Factor: 10

Total | 22.5


Best Overall: X Factor

CIRCUIT EXPERIENCE: 6

Monaco is perhaps the most iconic Grand Prix of the season for obvious reason — the setting is spectacular, the history is rich, and glamour awaits at every turn. Watching cars navigate narrow streets at high speeds illustrates the skill an F1 driver must possess, but the roads offer few opportunities to overtake, so the actual race often lacks real drama. Plus, activities are costly. Other Grands Prix offer more inclusive and approachable experiences for fans.

 

CITY ACTION: 6.5

For most attendees, getting to the race in Monaco involves commuting from a hotel in a neighboring village, so the glamour and the swanky soirées can seem far away even when you’re actually there. (Though scenic coastal accommodations certainly add to this Grand Prix’s allure.) The small principality is made smaller when streets are shut down and converted into the circuit, and getting in and out can be a pain — particularly if you’re not one of the VIPs living it up at a private yacht party. This is definitely a bucket list event, but more fun and bang for the buck can be had elsewhere. 

 

X Factor: 10

Bragging rights. It just feels good to answer “yes” when someone asks if you’ve been to the Monaco Grand Prix. For many, a visit to this circuit is a rite of passage and the closest you can come to riding a time machine back to the heyday of the sport. Plus, if you do treat yourself to a yacht experience, viewing the race from the water with a glass of champagne in hand is unrivaled.

 


 

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