The drivers are all on the grid now, and the Monaco Grand Prix is about to start.
And so begins an epic, season long journey, to victory, to danger, and to death. Such was the nature of Formula 1 in those days.
The starting grid at the Monaco Grand Prix is the venue for the opening scenes of the film, and it is fitting that such an iconic circuit should be so placed. Not just because of the fact that Monte Carlo is so instantly recognisable, and so inherantly part of Formula 1, but also because it was actually the inaugural race of the 1966 F1 World Championship.
Circuit de Monaco
Size 7.48 x 3.04m, 24.53 x 9.98ft
Length: 1.954 Miles, 3.145 km
To most motorsport fans the Monaco Grand Prix needs very little introduction. It is one of the most challenging, most prestigious, and most glamorous races in the world.
The circuit is famous for it's tight hairpins, elevation changes, and harbour frontage. Amongst the drivers, Monaco is known as probably the most challenging on the F1 calendar, where even a moment's lack of concentration will be punished.
Nowadays it can also be considered a dangerous and frustrating anachronism, but at the time of filming, it was still in it's heyday. The cars were obviously narrower back then, tyres were skinny, and the circuit still provided exciting racing.
Moreover, Monaco was for most people imbued with legendary glamour and sophistication.
Five... four... three... two... one.
I love the challenge of Monaco. Driving through ordinary streets full out, is to me what racing is all about.
Results & Standings
|DNF||Scott Stoddard||Jordan BRM|