Le Grand Prix de Monte Carlo

Trip Start May 18, 2011
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Trip End Aug 08, 2012


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What I did
Went to the Monaco GP

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

So today is the big day the Monaco GP. Despite my best efforts, keeping myself up till 1:30am the night before and they guys in my room all snoring at decibel levels which I expect will rival the sound of an F1 car I was up on time (just about).

I met Wes and Kirk at 5:40ish and we headed down to the tram stop, with the sun already up. It looked like it was going to be a clear and bright sunny day. Everything was going like clockwork, the trains and trams were in perfect synergy and our walk to Secteur Rocher seemed to be ahead of the curve. We had heard last night, at the hostel that people were already camping to retain the best seats!

We weren't disappointed and after a little debating over where to sit we chose our spot; right in front of the big screen on the corner Anthony Noges. We had successfully setup camp before 7am; all we had to do now was wait for the Porsche Cup to starting at 9:45.

Throughout the day more and more people started to show and conditions became more and more cramped for everyone else. However the three of us were able to stand our ground and retain all our space.

After the GP2 had finished, we watched the drivers being paraded around the circuit. Unfortunately there was no interview with Lewis Hamilton, of whom I get the feeling is disliked like by most all non English people. I suppose it’s easy to shoot at people at the top, plus I don’t think the Alonso thing helped one bit?

The GP2 race had required the use of ear plugs however nothing could prepare you for how loud and ear piercing the F1 cars are. The race itself had everything, multiply accidents, aggressive overtaking from Hamilton, which forced both competitors to crash and was deemed too excessive by the stewards. Rubbish in my opinion. Safety cars and a restart. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it, I was so caught up in the occasion I was even cheering for Jenson Button!

Ferrari fans are a strange and dedicated bread, who I’m sure believe if they will Alonso and Massa enough they’ll be able to influence the race!

After the GP had finished we headed over to the casino, the one from Casino Royale, and had a look inside. It was surprisingly quite. People were playing at the table which had a minimum bet of 1000E.

We headed back to the hostel and meet up with Lyndsay and Katie, plus Jo and Steph (French Canucks) and played drinking games until 3am. I don’t remember significant parts of the evening. Oops!
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David Dawson on

Man that sounds Awesome!! Glad to see you guys are still having a good time while I'm back at work. Hope the rest of your trip goes well.

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