Monaco: Inside F1’s Greatest Race by Malcolm Folley
© 2018, published by Arrow Books / Penguin Books
ISBN 9781784755720 (Paperback)


When you think of Formula 1, you think of Monaco.

Once a year in May, millionaires’ yachts choke the harbour, celebrities grace the parties and luxury sports cars jam the streets as thousands of people gather from across the world to watch the greatest, and one of the oldest, races in motorsport.

Described by Somerset Maugham as “a sunny place for shady people”, Monaco is also glamorous, prestigious and seductive – it’s on the bucket list of every hardcore Formula 1 fan.

But for the drivers, it is the most demanding race of the year. The narrow streets, tight corners and sharp elevations make it the ultimate test of driving skill. It is physically draining and mentally exhausting.

Proposed today, the race would not exist but it remains the jewel in the crown for every Formula 1 driver. There is simply no other race like it.

Win at Monaco and your name is etched in history alongside the likes of Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.

It’s also a race where the underdog can spring a surprise. The likes of Jean-Pierre Beltoise, Jarno Trulli and Olivier Panis all claimed the one and only victory of their Grand Prix careers here – Panis’ came in the extraordinary race of 1996 when he was one of just three cars still running at the end of the race!

With exclusive interviews and insight from the sport’s key players – including drivers who have tasted both success and failure here – the award-winning journalist Malcolm Folley gets you behind the scenes to discover what it’s really like to thread almost 80 tortuous laps of the most iconic street circuit in the world.

Monaco: Inside F1’s Greatest Race is a unique and definitive portrait of the circuit, recreating the most extraordinary weekend on the calendar in thrilling detail.

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