Why the Monaco Grand Prix Is Formula 1's Most Interesting Race

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Why the Monaco Grand Prix Is Formula 1's Most Interesting Race
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Through the tunnel.

Is the Monaco Grand Prix the most exciting race on the Formula One calendar every season? No, but what race is?

Is it difficult to pass other cars on the principality's tight, winding streets? You bet—as it should be.

Are there any grands prix that are more interesting than Monaco? No way!

The tradition surrounding the race and its former winners, the ambience of the Cote d'Azur, the history of the circuit and the challenges it provides to drivers all make the Monaco Grand Prix appointment viewing each May.

There are always lots of complaints about Monaco being a procession rather than a race (see, for example, this Sky Sports report after the 2012 race) and nine of the last 10 winners have started on pole, but the aforementioned elements more than make up for any lack of drama at the front.

Now, let's examine each of those elements in more detail to see what makes Monaco unique and, quite often, spectacular.

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