Enjoy The Monaco GP with Side Dishes

It is a city always ranked at the top of the must-visit-before-dying every year. As a racing fan, you know Monaco for the Grand Prix, which is the most glamorous event in the F1 calendar. The splendour and prestigious facilities just spice up the racing action. At the end of it all, you always go back home a refreshed person.

But even though you are travelling to the principality just to watch your favourite F1 team win, there is no reason why some side fun cannot be incorporated in your itinerary.

Well, you are in luck because you will not only watch Hamilton racing Rosberg neck-to-neck, but you will have more experiences to talk about when you fly back home.

Here are some ideas on how to juice out all the fun of Monaco during your visit for Formula One action:

  • Drive your dream car: Yes, if you are into racing then prestigious cars are always at the top of your mind. Just imagine driving in an Aston Martin or better still a Ferrari? You can either rent these vehicles and arrive in style or better still rent them in the city and drive around as you drink in the marvels around the region.
  • Get some peace of mind: Walking around Monte Carlo streets gives you an ethereal feeling. The green public gardens are a delight and as you wait for your favourite driver to finish practising, you can unwind by getting some exercise both for your mind and body. You can also visit the Jardin Exotique at the top of the hill and see a world-class collection of cacti.
  • Let your gaming spirit free: A little gambling never hurt anyone and in Monaco, you have the best casino in the world at the Place du Casino. Sample the essence of good living as you see celebrities you only fantasise about as they relax at their tables. The architecture of this casino will obviously overwhelm you.
  • The harbour: Famed as one of the best harbours in the world, it is definitely worth a tour. You will get an amazing view of the city, and the blue waters with bobbing yachts make this a spectacular place to take your photos.
  • Dine like royalty: When you are in a prestigious city like Monte Carlo, it doesn’t hurt to sample the cuisine. Luckily, you have some of the best chefs in the world crowded in this principality. Make sure you have an idea of the dish you want in outstanding places such as the Horizon Deck restaurant at Fairmont Hotel, and Yoshi, among others.

There is much more including an exhilarating nightlife, after parties and sightseeing to make your Monaco Grand Prix experience a delight.

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Ayrton Senna: Recounting the Genius of Formula 1’s Greatest

ayrton-sennaWhat do Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna have in common? Of course, there is a lot of similarities between the two and as the 2016 Formula One season has come to a close it is only befitting to recount Senna’s greatness on the track now that Hamilton who grew up admiring the Brazilian has finally managed to win the Brazil GP. It had remained one of the few tracks he had not won and of course, he gave an effusive tribute to his hero after the race.

The Record Breaker

To appreciate how great Senna was consider this; 161 Grand Prix starts, 41 wins, 3 world championship titles and 65 pole positions. This is something Hamilton who is chasing a 4th title wants to match. In fact, Senna remains a superstar whom every driver wants to emulate though only few can match his genius on the track.

Senna was a demigod in Brazil and his name was renowned throughout the world. Probably the only other racer who has come close to matching the Brazilian’s global appeal is Michael Schumacher. There was a determination to conquer that drove Senna to push boundaries and probably his demeanour sometimes pushed him to risk his life.

The Greatest Rivalry

While many people have mentioned Hamilton’s rivalry with Nico Rosberg as epic, this is trying to rewrite history. It is true Lewis and Rosberg have had the occasional spats on and off the track but Senna’s rivalry with Prost is legendary. This rivalry was to come to a climax at the Japanese GP in 1989 on October 22. That year Prost had a 21 point advantage over Senna and coincidentally they were driving for McLaren.

It was inevitable that Senna and Prost were going to get into trouble and surely they did in a collision that left them both out of contention. Well, Senna was never one to give up and he went back into the race and showed just how skilled he was beating the entire field only to be disqualified and fined for cutting a chicane while restarting.

The rivalry might have started in 1984, but it was in 1989 that things came to a boiling point and this was to define Senna’s driving in future. In a documentary about his life, Prost was quick to say that while Senna was a good racer he always took it too hard on himself. For the Brazilian, it was a win or nothing.

The Greatest Departs

He was a risk taker and a skilled magician on the track. This is one thing everyone agrees about Senna. In 1994, he finally had his hands on the winning car and he was a sure bet for the championship. However, at the notorious Tamburello corner in Imola, he crashed and the head injuries suffered led to the great loss of talent at only 34 years.

Can the Hamilton-Nico rivalry give the world another Senna? Well, we will see what happens in 2017.

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It is Changes Galore for the 2015 Formula One

formula1When you buy a ticket to watch expensive machines roaring at crazy speeds what do you expect? Of course you want the noise; you want perfectly designed cars and well organized teams. For a long time, F1 has been struggling to retain fans, but Bernie Ecclestone has promised this time things will be better.

There were a lot of complaints last year raging from double points at Abu Dhabi to reduction of noise by using new turbo V6. So, what major changes will you expect to see when you sit to enjoy your favorite sport and cheer your preferred driver as they zoom past? Here are some highlights:

Technical Stuff

  • New calendar formation: The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit, Mexico, is set for a return, and though Korea was also slated for a comeback, it was dropped. Essentially you have 20 thrilling races to enjoy starting with Melbourne, Australia, and ending with Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi.
  • No more ugly noses: This was one of the low points of the 2014 GP, but luckily new designs are now lower though they still have to be symmetrical with the centerline of the car. So, don’t expect a lot of those exciting designs that were already leaking online.
  • Less power units for drivers: This might at least level the ground, but essentially this has to do with a driver’s skill, so you might not even note it from the stands.
  • No more ‘Abu Double’ rigmarole: What motivated Ecclestone to come up with the idea in the first place? As a rule, there will be no double points at a final event. A sigh of relief for most drivers especially the leading ones.
  • Less pesky pit-to-car communication: If you are a keen F1 fan then you appreciate the frustration of drivers when they get crazy orders from the pit. Kimi Raikkonen was actually right when he once told off the engineer by telling him he knew what he was doing. There will be less communication and a total ban on sharing of technical data; this guarantees true racing.
  • Safety comes first: The Virtual Safety Car (VSF) has already been tested twice and it is a success because it will avoid a situation such as the unfortunate one that led to Bianchi’s accident at Suzuka, Japan. Standing restarts also fall under enhanced security by FIA.

Real Juicy Stuff

Why not look at the real people and machines that will be on the track? Here is a preview:

  •  Caterham and Marussia doubts: The entry list for 2015 set out by FIA has listed the teams though there is a rider so that the teams are monitored closely to ensure they can actually compete.
  • The engine convoluted games: Honda is making a comeback to F1 to supply McLaren with an ERS system and a stronger V6 engine. Lotus on the other hand replaced Renault with Mercedes as engine suppliers. Who is making the right moves? Only time on the track will tell.
  • ·         Musical chairs for drivers: The major moves were by Sebastian Vettel who went to Ferrari and Alonso who returned home to McLaren. Luckily, Jenson Button will not retire and will partner with Alonso. At Toro Rosso the pair of youngster Carlo Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen will have the top seats, while Daniil Kvyat will try to fill Vettel’s shoes at Red Bull.
  • The super license debate: For safety reasons, among other considerations, a complicated process of licensing drivers is to be introduced, but luckily for the young drivers, like Verstappen, it will be implemented in 2016. Racing in minor formulas, among other tough rules, forms the crux of qualification criteria.

Now that Melbourne is about to set the ball rolling on 15th March, who are you vouching for? Whoever your favorite driver, it is obvious that this year will give you even more spicy action than what you witnessed at Monaco and Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps between Hamilton and Rosberg.

What’s more, you can bet Alonso and Vettel have some aces up their sleeves. Sit back, relax and enjoy  the ride of a lifetime.

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