9, June 2017
By: Christy Oldham
The Grand Prix de Monaco is considered the ultimate test of driving skills. It is a Formula One Motor Race that takes place once a year in the Principality of Monaco, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. It has been an annual tradition on the Circuit de Monaco since 1929. Weekend spectators, Festival du Cannes attendees, car enthusiasts, the rich and famous and even royalty, flock from around the globe, arriving by train, plane and yachts in its picturesque harbour, to fill the temporary grandstands, attend parties and be part of this motorsport majesty. The event is the epitome of glamour and prestige.
After the race, one of the best places to celebrate the Grand Prix is at Slammers– an English pub that the locals affectionately call “home”.
Located in the heart of the Condamine district of Monaco, owner and British expat Lisa Bolton hosted seventeen Grand Prix parties at Slammers over the years and refers to her pub as “ A Cheers type of bar… where everyone knows your name, where we are glad you came, most of the time…(laughing) and we are family.”
Slammers is a popular bar among yacht crews and locals for its ceremonious drinking ideology and relaxed atmosphere.
Here are some of the highlights from this years festivities below:
The race circuit has many elevation changes, a tunnel, tight corners, and a narrow course that makes it one of the most dangerous and demanding tracks in Formula One racing. Two drivers have crashed and ended up in the harbour- the most famous being Italian driver Alberto Ascari in 1955 and Australian driver Paul Hawkins in 1965. Three races are considered to form a Triple Crown of the three most famous motor races in the world- The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, The 24 Hours of Le Mans and The Grand Prix de Monaco. The British race car driver Graham Hill is the only driver ever to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport.
This year, Ferrari’s F1 team took the top two spots at the 2017 Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen taking the first and second spots, respectively and Daniel Ricciardo achieving third place.
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