Why Monaco remains F1's biggest challenge

Why Monaco remains F1's biggest challenge

It's become such a cliche to call Monaco 'special' that it's easy to underestimate just how different the challenge is to every other modern Formula 1 venue. Leading drivers and engineers explain why there's still nothing else like it

Seventy-eight laps around the narrow streets of the Principality of Monaco. At just over two miles the temporary Formula 1 circuit in Monte Carlo is the shortest on the calendar, but surely one of its most insanely difficult.

Is there a greater challenge in Formula 1 than Monaco? In a modern motorsporting world of ten-a-penny Tilkedromes, with their bland layouts, smooth surfaces and expansive runoffs, Monaco is a throwback to F1's daredevil past - bumpy, difficult, incredibly narrow. Dangerous.

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