The drama of Monte Carlo

The drama of Monte Carlo

An anachronism in the modern era? Maybe so, but they've been saying that for 30 years. Tony Dodgins looks back at what the Monaco Grand Prix has meant to him

Michael Schumacher made a comment last week about Formula 1 concerning itself with safety and then accepting that you forget about it once a year in Monte Carlo. And the world is a better place because we do.

I can remember reading an AUTOSPORT race report where drivers suggested that Monaco was their most physically taxing race. And, watching cars exiting Casino Square, the reporter noted that the grip level was many times greater than, say, Jochen Rindt had when he drove that sensational 1970 race in a Lotus 49. The effects on the driver and his neck were commensurately greater, too. And this was 1982...

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