The Best of Monaco Grand Prix

As the year comes to a close, it is time to start preparing yourself for the coming year. If you love fast cars, glamour and ideal weather then you have to be at the Monaco GP. The beauty of this event is the fact that the fast machines race through Monte Carlo streets, closed for this purpose only.

MonacoThe Best of Monaco

Some call it the ideal tourist destination while others call it the millionaire’s playground. Whatever name you give to the city, there is no denying that it is an idyllic location that has been made even more famous by the popular Formula One racing. Every inch of the city oozes wealth and elegance and you will feel nostalgic after every visit.

Monaco Grand Prix

Away from the glamorous boutiques, best restaurants in the world, super cars rolling in town and amazing nightlife you will also have a chance to catch racing action. Since 1929, the streets of Monte Carlo have converted into a racing track where only the best drivers win.

Former winners including Webber, Jackie Stewart, Alonso, Hill, Senna, Alain Prost, and Schumacher among others have become legends after winning on this track. As such, it is a must-visit for every Formula One fan.

But you don’t have to be a sports buff to enjoy the action; the camaraderie and fun activities are out-of-this world and it is no wonder 200,000 people go down to catch a piece of the action. The race action covers Thursday practice, Saturday for qualifying and finally Sunday for real action.

Well, the tickets packages are flexible enough and you just need to select one that suits you perfectly. If you want to get closest to the action, you will pay more for the paddock seats but the experience is simply exhilarating. You can also watch from different grandstand terraces that come with different prices.

The after-parties and nightlife in Monte Carlo enables you to interact with who-is-who in the world. If you fancy rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Clooney or even Lewis Hamilton, you just need to buy a hospitality package that covers this.

Are you still wondering why you need to add the Monaco F1 to your must attend events? Just scrap anything else you had planned for May and enjoy watching history in the making. As you book your tickets and your Monaco Grand Prix Packages, ensure you do so from an officially accredited agent.

6 Changes That Will Define the Formula 1 in 2017

The 2017 Formula One season has already started with the first race at Melbourne GP on March 26th.  It has been an eventful offseason with the takeover of the sport by Liberty Media and eventual departure of F1 maestro Bernie Ecclestone with Chase Carey.  While such changes are barely noticeable to the fans, they will eventually impact how the sport will pan out in the next few years.

However, there are other changes that will excite fans as they determine what actually happens on the track. Here are a few of these changes:

1.     New Driver Lineup

The departure of Nico Rosberg has shocked the motorsport world because it is rare for a driver to retire while on top.  What’s more, Nico is relatively young compared to other drivers such as Alonso who are still pushing on. His departure has seen a lineup change at Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas joining Hamilton from Williams.

Sauber now has Mercedes junior driver Pascal Wehrlein while Haas has picked Kevin Magnussen in place of Esteban Gutierrez. Renault, on the other hand, has an experienced hand in Nico Hulkenberg while Esteban Ocon moves to Force India. Felipe Massa is back from retirement and will drive alongside teenager Lance Stroll.

2.     Wider cars Wider Tires

The cars will be two meters wide, a throwback to 1997. Pirelli is also producing tires which are 20% wider and while this is expected to make overtaking maneuvers harder, drivers are ecstatic that these changes were long overdue. Cornering speeds will be higher, something fans have been clamoring for.

3.     Faster cars

Who hasn’t complained about the pace of the modern F1 car? From pundits to fans and everyone in between, there have been complaints about the slow speeds. Well, Mercedes’ Toto Wolf believes the 2017 cars will be more difficult to drive and in fact, the pace of developments had already noticeably increased the speeds by close of the season in 2016.

4.     Aggressive Looking Machines

A race car is supposed to look menacing and this is something that has been totally lacking. Well, the FIA honchos seem to be listening and there will be an introduction of longer pointier noses. The nose will be lengthened by 20cm. No one wants to watch a winning car that looks like it just came out of a car dealership.

5.     Safety Car and Wet Starts

To avoid the controversy of Silverstone and Monaco, 2016 races that are too wet to start with a safety car will be run from a standing grid once the track is safe and the safety car is out. This reduces the frustration of slowing down until the safety car has peeled off, even when the track is already safe.

6.     Grid Penalty Loophole

Lewis Hamilton had his fair share of misfortunes with his engine. Luckily, his engineers noticed a loophole and changed all the worn-out parts at once because after all, the penalty would put him back in one race anyway. Well, for each part replaced, you serve a penalty in a separate race.

There you have it; better cars, Bernie out of the way and Hamilton raring to go against the likes of Vettel, Ricciardo and Max. What a season it will be!

 

Hail to the New F1 King, Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
Image courtesy of lewishamilton.com

Are you an avid Formula One enthusiast? Can you remember where you were on 16th March 2014? If you can’t recall then you missed the best chance to see the start of an amazing build-up of this season’s championship.

That was back in Australia as Nico Rosberg went on to win the first race. In fact, the dice seemed to have been cast but eventually Lewis Hamilton went on to win the championship. Truth be told, it was one of the most exciting seasons and the double points awarded at Abu Dhabi just made it more intriguing.

 

Tracing the Major Moments in Hamilton’s Win

While the action might have come to a tense end in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina, you will concur there were a lot of decisive moments along the way. As a Formula One buff nothing beats a recap of these moments, as analysts reckon this could be a dawn of a new era in F1.

Here is a brief insight on how Hamilton gradually became the GP Title winner even after suffering some reliability issues:

  • Learning from Australian GP: It was a disappointment for most fans because even Hamilton had praised the car before the season. In essence, every Mercedes fan was worried that this could be another lukewarm year for Hamilton but as they say the best was yet to come.
  • Chalking up wins: After a stuttering start, Hamilton got steady but still had reliability problems with the car. It seemed as if the Briton was not fully comfortable. However, with wins in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, and Spain, it was obvious F1 fans had a delightful season ahead.
  • Head-to-head at Bahrain GP: Two ambitious young drivers, a reliable racing machine and a history of racing each other – it was obvious things would not remain so cozy. At the Bahrain GP, the two drivers drove neck-to-neck for 57 laps and ultimately Hamilton came out tops. The camaraderie they tried to portray at the podium was definitely a show and more was to come.
  • Tempers flare at Monaco: It was reminiscent of Michael Schumacher’s infamous parking move in Monaco; Hamilton felt Rosberg had deliberately parked his car to stop his best lap and ultimately pole position. Race stewards cleared the German of any wrongdoing but the stage had been set for more acrimony.
  • Team instructions defied: At the Hungarian GP, Rosberg was livid about the Briton’s failure to comply with team orders to let him pass. Well, it was obvious by now that the team had a problem in their hands and this almost cost them a lot in subsequent races.
  • The Belgium GP debacle: Hamilton was fast as usual and having passed Rosberg who was on pole, he pressed on only for the German to attempt an overtaking maneuver. This ended Hamilton’s race with a puncture, the second time he had failed to finish; of course he was angry about it.
  • The comeback: After the crash at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Hamilton went on to ace more races, starting with Monza Italy, Singapore, Suzuka Japan, Sochi in Russia and Austin TX.
  • Final glory: There was no gainsaying the tension at Yas Marina because the F1 world was witnessing a revival of good racing. However this was not to be as Rosberg developed mechanical problems and Hamilton went on to win comfortably.

So, what next now? Every pundit is asking this question and you can bet more excitement is in the offing. With Rosberg and Hamilton in the same team and the rest of the teams providing no real challenge it is highly likely the 2015 calendar is still going to dazzle the sports world. What’s your take?