Stirling Moss, Juan Manuel Fangio, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel; quite a long list of the crème de la crème of Formula One, but what else do these racing greats have in common?

Well, these are all past Monaco Grand Prix and to join this class, you have to be an impressive driver. In fact, the streets of Monte Carlo are credited as the best kiln for F1 drivers with most winners on these winding streets going on to win the championship.

As the 2017 season rages on with dram and thrill on and off the track, this is a good time to start looking ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix 2018 (Thursday 24th — Sunday 27th May 2018). With every coming year, a lot happens in Monaco. If you are an avid F1 fan or Monaco GP has a special place in your heart, it is time to take a look at some of the highlights that might shape next year’s race.

The Influence of Monaco’s Rich Heritage

Monaco Grand Prix

Since 1929, the streets of Monte Carlo have witnessed some of the most significant moments in the history of racing. These moments are important because F1 drivers have strived to keep up with these standards over the years, and in this endeavor, they have created impressive memories. Some of the defining moments that make Monaco Grand Prix 2018 a must-attend include:

1.     Spying and the first race: Well, many fans know that William Charles Frederick Grover-Williams won the first race but what they don’t know is that in fact, the driver was a British spy.

2.     A legend is born, 1984: The Monaco GP 1984 was supposed to be just another race but little did fans know they were to witness the birth of a legend. Alain Prost was expected to win comfortably after taking pole and in the grid was Senna, a rookie in the Toleman team. When it started raining as it is wont to do every year, multiple world champions lost control of their cars, but Senna surprisingly drove flawlessly. The Brazilian was up to second and Prost seeing his win going up protested about the weather and parked his car. Stewards agreed with him and stopped the race. Well, this was not to stop Senna from going on to become one of the best if not the greatest F1 drivers.

3.     2006 Schumacher’s parking incident: No ticket was given, but this became one of the most notorious moves the German has ever made after he successfully ruined his closest rival’s qualifying lap by parking his car at the tightest corners. Well, his fellow German, Nico Rosberg was to attempt years later during the fight with Lewis Hamilton in 2015. Could the Monaco 2018 GP witness another parking maneuver? You just have to be there to see.

4.     Murphy’s Law in 1988 and I am off to my house!: That he is the greatest F1 driver in F1’s history is not in doubt. So fast was he during qualifying and the race in 1988 on the Monte Carlo streets that his team directed him to slow down. Well, he lost focus and slammed into a wall; trust Senna to add spice to the lowest moment because he just climbed out the car and walked to his home, helmet and all.

5.     The race with no takers: Every driver’s dream in F1 is to win at Monaco, but in 1982, it seemed like no one really wanted to win. The first 74 laps went on smoothly but when the heavens opened, Alain Prost who was leading, spun handing the lead to Ricardo Patrese who also spun and handed the lead to Didier Pironi who ran out of fuel allowing Andreas de Cesaris to lead. Well, Andreas also ran out of fuel to give Derek Daly the lead only for his engine to fail. Eventually, Patrese retook the lead and finished, Phew!

Of course, there are many other incredible moments that have happened in Monaco including the amazing wins of Graham Hill, Senna’s battles with Mansell and Prost among others.

Lessons from Monaco Grand Prix 2017

With Monaco being rated so highly among the F1 tracks, could the experiences of 2017 point to what fans can expect in the Monaco Grand Prix 2018. Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 with Kimi, coming second during a weekend when various issues hampered Mercedes, their main challengers.

Top performers including Daniel Ricciardo, Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappenm Carlos Sainz Jr. are all expected to light up the track in 2018 and you just have to be there to witness more great moments.