Monaco Grand Prix, Circuit de Monaco
26 May 2013, 1pm GMT
Live on Sky Sports F1, highlights on BBC
First Grand Prix: 1950
Track length: 3.340 km
Number of laps: 78
Lap record: 1:14.439, Michael Schumacher, 2004
If ever a track seemed to embody the very essence of Formula One, it has to be the street circuit of Monaco down on the yacht-drenched, perma-tanned, bejewelled Cote d’Azur.
The sport of the playboy hits the playground of the rich and famous for one intoxicating party of affluence, as seductive as it is enthralling.
The tight twists and turns of that oh-so-familiar labyrinthine circuit take drivers through all the nooks and crannies of Monaco, and the course demands an intense level of concentration and adaptability from all the competitors.
But more than that it’s the romance of this track, and the place, that really get the pulses of motorsport fans racing.
Who can forget marvelling on a Sunday afternoon, at a sight that seemed to defy reality – specifically that of powerful, high-performance race cars revving up and charging round this little seaside port at breakneck speed.
No wonder the drivers all want to win here; it’s the Wembley of the F1 calendar. You’ll never forget your first spin and the gravitas of topping the podium is impossible to beat.
When it comes to succeeding in Monaco, its essential to handle the Portier corner with care. Drivers approach it straight out of a tight Loews hairpin and, with both Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher having suffered race-ending crashes there through the years, even the best are vulnerable.
2012 memory: The top six running nose-to-tail over the last 10 laps with eventual winner Mark Webber hanging on for glory.
2012: Mark Webber
2011: Sebastian Vettel
2010: Mark Webber
2009: Jenson Button
2008: Lewis Hamilton