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GP Week : Issue 11
GROOVE Armada had finished their DJ set, the models from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue were paying no attention to the advances of anyone not wearing Armani and, frankly, I was more than a little inebriated. It was time to leave the Steinmetz boat party and make my way back to the hotel. It was my first year at the Monaco Grand Prix, and I had no idea how I’d blagged an invitation onto one of the most prestigious boat parties of the weekend. All I knew was it had been a riot. That’s the thing about Monaco. You never know where you’ll end up. It’s all a bit surreal. Monaco is the blue ribband event of the Formula 1 World Championship. It’s a race unlike any other. The atmosphere, the proximity, the sheer astonishing nature of the noise that 20 Formula 1 cars make. It’s one of the only races of the year where journalists will literally fight over the last remaining photographer’s tabards, which allow us scribes to access the outer extremities of the circuit. The tunnel, more than any other vantage point, is the destination of choice. There really is nothing else on earth that can compare with the feeling and sound of a Formula 1 car flying past you in the Monaco tunnel. The noise alone is enough to make your ears bleed. But the feeling is quite incredible. The speeding cars act almost as a vacuum, drawing the air from your lungs as they blast past your eyes in a blur of colour and sound. Your knees go weak as you feel every thump of every cylinder rise through your feet, up your spine and into the base of your cranium. Sure, nobody can overtake at the track, and the Café de Paris charges you just shy of 10 Euros for a coke and won’t even give you a straw to drink it through… but Monaco is magic for all the right reasons. But this year’s event threatens to be overshadowed by the FIA President’s personal life, and the fact that this will be his first F1 race since the scandal surrounding his Presidency erupted. The problem, as I see it, is that this is one of the biggest events of the season. It’s way up there with the Indy 500 and Le Mans. It’s a race which even those who don’t really like Formula 1 watch because… well just because! It’s the Monaco Grand Prix. The VIP list will read longer and will hold more high-ranking officials than at any other race this season. But will the event give the sponsors and the bigwigs, the o p in io n Will Buxton GPWeek Editor 20