Which Racing Great Could Clinch Monaco Grand Prix 2017?

The Formula One season is just around the corner and after a few months without action, it is obvious every F1 enthusiast is looking forward to another thrilling year. For most Formula One fans, there are those races that matter most and one of these is Monaco GP.

Since 1929, when William Grover-Williams won the inaugural race, this has remained almost a mythical race where every driver wants to win. With the Monaco Grand Prix 2017 set for Thursday May 25th to Sunday 28th, it is important to have a look at the close relationship this street race has with the championship.

The Kiln of F1 Champions

There is a subtle reason most drivers want to win here and it is simply because this is the slowest yet the most difficult race to win. If you manage to win in Monaco, it is a pointer that you are a champion in the making. If you don’t believe this, just take a look at past racers who have managed to hold on and see the checkered flag first.

These big names range from Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Juan Fangio, Nico Rosberg, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost to Jackie Stewart. A closer look at most of these names will show you that these drivers went on to win the championship that year or in later years. From Fangio, Hill, Rosberg, Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Prost, Schumacher, Senna to Alonso, it seems Monaco is the kiln that molds future champions.

What to Expect in Monaco Grand Prix 2017

Well, a lot has come to pass since Hamilton drove excellently to win the 2016 Monaco GP. Nico Rosberg, his closest rival and the reigning champion, has pulled a fast one on everyone and retired.  Valtteri Bottas, the calmest driver in F1, has shifted gear to Mercedes from Williams and it will be interesting to see what these two drivers will give the fans in 2017.

Back to the Monaco Grand Prix 2017, it is obvious most fans will be looking forward to a thrilling race as usual and of course, everyone hopes it will rain to make the action even more delightful.  Why not take a casual look at those drivers who have a decent chance of winning this classical race. After all, we might just guess who will win the 2017 F1 title.

Here you go:

1.     Lewis Hamilton

In 2007, the world witnessed the entry of a new kind of driver only comparable to Ayrton Senna; daring, bold and young. The daredevil that is Hamilton was set to upstage even the biggest names such as Alonso, his team mate. In 2008, Hamilton was unstoppable and after winning the Monaco GP, it was obvious this guy was going to pick the title.  A win has been elusive since then for Hamilton until 2016 and though the Brit didn’t go in to win the title, it was clear who the better driver between Nico and Hamilton was. This year, Hamilton has what looks like a more favorable chance to add to his wins in Monaco, probably with an aim to match Senna’s six wins.

2.     Max Verstappen

If there is one driver who courted controversy over the 2016 F1 season, it has to be Max, the Dutch who is as daring as they come. Consider that he joined Formula One aged 17 years before even attaining his driving license. Well, Toro Rosso took a dive into the known and the bet paid handsomely. When he was promoted to the main car at Red Bull, Max amazed everyone by winning the Spanish Grand Prix.

At Monaco, he was unlucky to have an accident but Max is a valid contender for a win at the Monaco Grand Prix 2017.  Obviously, the Dutch driver is a future champion in the making and with the strides Red Bull has made, don’t be surprised if he wins the title this year.

3.     Daniel Ricciardo

Forget the memorable drinks from his shoes because the ever smiling Australian is one of the most talented and consistent drivers in F1 today. He is young and aggressive and guess what? He qualified on pole and went on to finish second behind Hamilton. Were it not for the Red Bull crew that messed Ricciardo, he might have won at Monaco and so he is a good contender this year.

4.     Sebastian Vettel

There is no denying that Vettel is one of the most underrated F1 drivers today. Well, it hasn’t helped much that his performances in the last two years, since the cars went aerodynamic, have been wanting. The German is not happy for sure because he probably had expected Ferrari to give him a car as god as the Red bull that helped him win 4 titles. As a one-time winner on Monaco Vettel cannot be wished away.

Can any other driver really upset these four? Bottas has a new ride and might spice things up but he still has lots to learn in that car. So, make sure your calendar is free from Thursday May 25th to Sunday 28th as we see another champion in the making at Monaco Grand Prix 2017.

Look at The Glamorous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Abu Dhabi VettelGlitz, glamour, prestige, the essence of good sporting – these are phrases that best describe Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which is one of the latest entrants into the Formula One calendar. Already it is being cited in the same class as the Monte Carlo streets of Monaco and this highlights just how magnificent this circuit has grown to be.

Moments and Things that Make Abu Dhabi GP Spectacular

However much organizers hype a particular track, the only thing fans are interested in is what happens there. Yas Marin is only 6 years old yet it has produced some unforgettable moments that make racing enthusiasts flock to this great city. Here is a look at those spectacular moments:

# Sport meets glamour:

To say that Abu Dhabi is glamorous is actually an understatement. It is one of the most popular places to visit on earth. The glamour in the sun coupled with modernistic architectural marvels makes this an ideal location to vacation and guess what, you can still have some sporting action as you savor the city.

# The exquisite Yas Marina Circuit:

Designed by one of the modern times greats, Hermann Tilke, it has drawn admiration from fans all over the globe. It is just 30 minutes from the capital and it has 21 corners making it one of the trickiest tracks on the  scene. The drivers were enthusiastic about the track with Rosberg stating every corner is unique, making racing interesting.

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# The first twilight race:

Abu Dhabi by night is even more fun than during the day. It is no wonder then that the race action is at night. The 5.554km circuit is flooded by special lights and as a fan you will always remember the ethereal atmosphere created by these lights and zooming cars.

# Inaugural formula one action:

They say first impressions have a lasting impact and it seems the great racing by Hamilton who later retired won the hearts of many. Sebastian Vettel of Redbull went ahead to win the inaugural race.

# The 2010 showdown of the great four:

For any Formula 1 enthusiast, Alonso, Vettel, Webber and Hamilton represent the crème of modern day racing. Well, they all had the chance to become champions in 2010. Alonso was ahead of Webber and Vettel while Lewis was further back. Alonso was to lose the race to Vettel making this one of the most memorable last day showdowns.

# The youngest champion in F1 is born in 2010:

When Sebastian Vettel won the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP, you could feel a sense of greatness in the champion. Though he was trailing Alonso by 15 points, Vettel fought hard to win at the last race to become the youngest champion in F1 history.

# Vitantonio Liuzzi perches on Schumacher’s Ferrari, 2010:

If you watched the action on the track, the images look ghastly when Liuzzi‘s Force India landed on Schumacher’s already stricken Mercedes. Luckily, there were no injuries.

# The legendary ‘Leave me alone!’ comment by Raikkonen, 2012:

When a driver is on the track all he needs is concentration, and engineers can be as pesky as mosquitoes. When Kimi told off engineers on radio that he knew what he was doing it might have seemed a bit rude but guess what? The no-nonsense driver went on to win at Abu Dhabi to record a significant first victory since returning to racing.

# Vettel and his set of smoky pirouettes, 2013:

Like him or hate him, Vettel is always full of drama. After winning at Yas Marina in 2013 he wowed fans with a jubilant display of pirouettes earning him a fine.

# Hamilton’s moments, 2011 and 2014:

If you are an avid Grand Prix fan then you remember the emotional Hamilton who was mobbed by mechanics after winning in 2011. Well, he was later to prove it was no fluke in 2014 by winning at Abu Dhabi and getting a double kiss from his mum and girlfriend.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is bound to give you memorable moments.  You just have to make sure you are there to witness them.

5 facts about Grand prix Racing you need to know

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Grand prix Racing evolved from an organized auto racing in France all the way back in 1894. This simple race quickly turned into a race from one town to another, and led to endurance test races. Innovations in this field led to new records in speed; however, there were a lot of accidents, because the races were held on open roads. However, this is only a short history of Grand Prix Racing, and there are a lot of interesting facts about these Races. It was difficult to pick only 5 of them; however, we managed to do so eventually. So, here are the 5 facts you need to know about Grand Prix Racing.

#1 It is over 120 years old

The first motoring contest of this kind was held on July 22, 1894, and was organized by a Paris-based newspaper Le Petit Journal. This race was 126 km long, and it stretched from Paris to Rouen. The first contestant to enter Rouen was count Jules-Albert de Dion, who managed to do so after 6 hours and 48 minutes of racing.

#2 Races were held on public roads

At that time there were no purpose-built private tracks, so races were held on open public roads. As the contestants were charging with huge speed, there were many accidents and many fatalities, both among the drivers and among the spectators by the side of the road.

#3 First Non-French Grand Prix

The first non-French Grand Prix was held in 1908, and it was held in Savannah, in the United States of America. Later, many other countries hosted Grand Prix races, including Italy, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, etc. It has to be noted that this was still not a formal championship; it was just a loose collection of races with various rules.

#4 First timed qualifying

The year of 1933 was a huge milestone in Grand Prix Racing history, as that year was marked by a change of rules – tmike_hawthorn__1956_british_gp__by_f1_history-d5d2tethe grid was determined by timed qualifying, and not by the luck of the draw. This happened at the 1933 Monaco Grand Prix, and all competing vehicles were painted in the color of their country: French vehicles were blues, British vehicles were green, Italian ones were red, German vehicles were white, while the vehicles from Belgium were painted yellow.

#5 Grand prix Races during World War II

Most people don’t know that the Grand prix Races were indeed held during the World War II. However, these events were limited to a small number of events. Most of the races from 1940-1942 were run in South America, especially in Argentina and Brazil, while there were no races held in 1943 and 1944. Shortly after the end of the war, in 1945, the first post-war Grand Prix was held in Paris, the capital of France.