1 Nov 2011
I was really excited when I found out that Monaco was just two stations away from Menton. Monaco the playground of the rich was a dream destination for me. The Monaco Grand Prix is the only Grand Prix race that I will not try to miss on television of course. The race circuit has many elevation changes, tight corners, and a narrow course that makes it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One racing. Triple Formula One champion Nelson Piquet was fond of saying that racing at Monaco was “like trying to cycle round your living room”, but added that “a win here was worth two anywhere else”.
I arrived at the Monaco train station which was in a tunnel and went straight up the lifts and escalators. I went out of the station only to know that I was still in France. A passerby explained to me in French and also in hand language that I was still in France and that I had to go down back to the station and take the stairs down which would bring me to Monaco or Monte Carlo. I managed to find the stairs and I passed a small church. Right in front of the church was the starting grid of the Monaco Grand Prix which I recognized immediately. Right after the starting grid was the Sainte Devote corner where the only Malaysian Grand Prix Driver, Alex Yoong crashed his Minardi on his warm up qualifying lap. The other victims as far I could remember was Jean Alesi crashing in his Sauber Petronas.
Then the Beau Rivage where it is an inclining sector to the Massenet which was followed by the Casino and the Mirabeau Haute. The Grand Hotel Hairpin and the Mirabeau Bas are the famous corners than any other corners in Formula 1. The Portier came next before the cars entered the tunnel. The notorious Nouvelle chicane is famous for its multiple crashes is nearby. The swimming pool area came next which was before the “Rascasse”. One of the few overtaking points in the Monaco Grand Prix. The pit stop corner was before the Anthony Noghes turn. It is named after the founder of the Monaco Grand Prix. Awaiting it is the finishing line. The fastest lap ever done by a Formula 1 car was driven by Mark Webber in his Red Bull Renault in 1′ 16.234″.I walked around the circuit with a few stops here and there to snap a few pictures in less than an hour
It was one of the most enjoyable days of my life . I took the train back to Menton as I had to check out of the hotel. My plan was to take the train to Aix de Provence with a short pit stop in Cannes.