Lewis Hamilton and Co. will be battling it out for top spot once again as the world braces itself for the best race of the year
LAST year it was Justin Bieber, this year it is Neymar; the Monaco rumour mill is one of the best bits about the Grand Prix.
Which celebrities will turn up? Which team will host the biggest movie star? It is kind of an unofficial badge of honour among the F1 paddock.
For me, the Monaco Grand Prix IS the best race on the F1 calendar for a number of reasons.
It’s not the best paddock as such for its appearance. It is squeezed in between a host of bars and restaurants and the harbour. You have to step over endless rows of TV cabling and avoid the giant mechanical hoists that remove the private jets from the harbour.
But what it does have is something special. The Monaco paddock is full of excitement, bristling with stars, drivers, journalists and photographers and team members — all just trying to do their jobs.
But there is thin white wire fence that fans press tightly against trying to sample a piece of the VIP experience.
It’s brilliant that spectators can get so close to the exclusive area, I can only liken it to being in a football dressing room before a match.
And that’s the best bit as the filmstars, footballers and singers, mingle with the public, who are desperate for a selfie or an autograph.
It is brilliant to see and, after all what sport is all about; entertainment for the fans.
MOUR FOR MOUR
Manchester United ‘open talks’ with Paris Saint-Germain to sign attacking midfielder Lucas Moura
£43M SILVA HEIST
Manchester City land massive transfer blow to rivals United as they HIJACK sensational deal for Monaco star Bernardo Silva
DON’T LOSE YOUR MARKER
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Juve boss says Man United paid record fee for Paul Pogba because they had NO price tag
LEAVE ON TOP
Wigan poach former player Paul Cook as new manager after he got Portsmouth promoted as champions
TIM’S THE FUL PACKAGE
Chelsea ace Tammy Abraham’s brother Timmy, 15, leaves Charlton Athletic to join Fulham
No 1 expected it
‘Devestated’ Petr Cech DROPPED for the FA Cup final as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger picks David Ospina
Harry Redknapp wants Benoit Assou-Ekotto… but former Spurs ace would rather become a PORN star
Bernardo Silva jets in and completes £43m move to Manchester City as they jump gun on rivals United
italian’s inter james
Inter Milan swoop for Real Madrid duo James Rodriguez and Pepe who are set to leave this summer
AUBA AND OUT
Huge boost for Man City as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hands in transfer request at Borussia Dortmund
Man City chief Pep Guardiola at war with old club for lining up THREE of Barcelona’s best wonderkids
deal me in
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Mor than money
Man Utd will demand Alvaro Morata in return if Real Madrid do not stump up £65m for David De Gea
mendy next for pep
Benjamin Mendy next on Guardiola’s list after snapping-up Monaco star Bernardo Silva for £65m
smash ‘n zab
West Ham hope Pablo Zabaleta can lure Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho to the club for £25million
GOT THEIR MANN?
Man United to activate Antoine Griezmann’s £86m Atletico release clause and have agreed huge wage deal
STAR IN STRIPEs
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi shows off new zebra-style optical illusion adidas Nemeziz boots.. based on ‘ancient battle’ tactics
The Monaco GP is known for the million-dollar yachts moored in the harbour. Arsenal’s shareholder Alisher Usmanov has his parked up. At a whopping 156 metres long, it is the largest yacht in the world.
It is called Dilbar and is valued at £500million and has a crew of over 80 to run it.
Yet, and this is the crazy thing, it does not look out of place against the others moored up.
Monaco is for the rich and famous, but it is also for the keen F1 fan who has worked hard, saved up and swapped their two-week holiday in Greece for a four-night stay in Monte Carlo.
The nightlife is good too. Once the racing is over for the day, the track turns into one giant nightclub.
Pop-up bars and giant soundsystems line the streets. People party until 5am with the intermittent supercar cruising past, before the cars parked from the night before are towed away. The streets are washed clear of spilt beer and the racing resumes again the following day. Can you imagine a party on the Wembley pitch before the FA Cup Final?
The circuit itself, is also fantastic. Normal everyday roads that are converted into a racetrack.
Sure it’s the shortest on the calendar but it is also one of the most dangerous and would have health and safety offices squirming if you ever tried to suggest recreating this race somewhere else.
Those walls are millimetres away from cars hurtling around at 200mph. A slightest mistake and you are in the walls or the crash barriers. It is certainly a case of fortune favours the brave. And that leads to something we all want to see and that is brilliant racing.