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Why the Monaco Grand Prix Is Still the Ultimate Test for Formula 1 Drivers

The Monaco Grand Prix is perhaps the most unusual motorsport event in the world. Thoroughbred Formula One racing machines with 900 horsepower belong on the wide, open, purpose-built circuits they are designed to operate on. The best drivers in the world should be driving on smooth, pristine surfaces laid down in their honour. But for one weekend every year, those cars and drivers are shoehorned onto the narrow, twisty, barrier-lined streets of one of the world's smallest countries and told to go racing. It shouldn't happen, but it does—and it remains the greatest challenge for a driver on the F1 calendar. If you're lucky enough to live in a country with a broadcaster which shows the practice sessions—and wealthy enough to be ab...

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