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article imageOp-Ed: The Monaco Grand Prix's big appeal

By Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti     May 30, 2014 in Sports
Monaco-ville - Every year, the world's fastest drivers gather for the most luxurious fixture in the Formula One calendar beneath the Rock of Monaco: the Monaco Grand Prix. Spectators have fun in the French Riviera at one of the most historic automobile races.
The Monaco Grand Prix (French: Grand Prix de Monaco) is held on the Circuit de Monaco and has been around since 1929. It is one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race is held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco, with many elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel making it one of the most demanding Formula One tracks.
The erecting of the circuit takes six weeks. The temporary buildings, grandstands, crash-barriers and other infrastructure that are used to convert the streets of Monaco into a racing circuit are stored close by. There is no podium. Part of the track is closed after the race to act as parc fermé, a place where the cars are held for official inspection and the first three drivers in the race leave their cars there and walk directly to the royal box where the 'podium' ceremony is held.
There are more than 3,000 seats available for sale on the circuit. The Automobile Club of Monaco starts sending out ticket information in the November prior to the race. Tickets are also available from ticket booths set up during the race where prices for tickets range anywhere from €90 to more than €500.
Many residents of Monaco rent their terraces out for the event and prices range from about €8,000 to €140,000 for the four days. Renters advertise in the International Herald Tribune and the Nice Monaco Matin newspapers. Restaurants and hotels along the course offer special lunch menus that include watching the race from their private terraces and prices range from €90 to €500 on race day. This is the most convenient way to get a seat for the race and eat a meal.
The Monaco GP is a surefire way to mix with people from around the world and events are planned for couples, families, and singles. Many are taking advantage of a Mediterranen cruise stop and many of the international singles are on singles cruises or paired up with travel partners they encountered on sites playing millionaire matchmaker to the high-end crowd. CEOs, pro athletes, doctors, lawyers, investors, entrepreneurs, beauty queens, fitness models and Hollywood celebrities are some of those in attendance and Millionaire dating websites let eligible and successful people connect with other like-minded individuals who want to attend events like the Monaco GP or other Formula One events together.
Many couples and families stay in the surrounding French Riviera cities or towns including Cannes, St. Tropez, Antibes, Juan les Pins, Cagnes sur Mer, Nice, Beausoleil, Cap d'ail, Villefranche sur Mer, Eze, or Menton. Nice's International Airport serves the surrounding areas but many arrive by train, car, or motorcycle from closer countries like Italy or other European destinations.
The 2014 Monaco GP was held May 22-25th and next year's will be held May 21st-24th. Team Mercedes' and Monte Carlo's Nico Rosberg regained the title lead after beating British teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton held off Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo for only a second due to a late eye complaint and the German Red Bull World Champion Sebastian Vettel dropped out early on while jubilant Marussia scored their first F1 points.
The next Formula One GP will be held in Montreal, Canada this weekend.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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