The streets of Monte Carlo are comprised of 18 narrow corners, with each one having a story behind its name.
The first corner of the circuit is called after a chapel which is found right behind the massive barriers and the display screens. Saint Devote is one of the easier corners of the circuit with enough width as it has a pit lane exit and a run-off area. But don’t be mistaken, the exit can be tricky.
Beau Rivage and Massenet is not a straightforward section of corners as some may believe. Because of the high-speed nature of the corners, there is also a drastic change in altitude for the drivers to cope with which can throw the car off-balance. The Beau Rivage and Maaenet is from the famous opera composer – Jules Massent.
The fourth corner is aptly called Casino Square which is the most famous corner of the entire circuit. The presence of Monaco’s wonderful building – Monte Carlo Casino – is frequented by people from all over the world. The famous gambling and entertainment complex include a casino, the Opera de Monte Carlo and the office of Les ballets de Monte-Carlo.
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Mirabeau Haute and Mirabeau Bas are two narrow corners that lie on either side of a very old hotel called Hotel Mirabeau and connect to the next corner which is probably the slowest on the F1 calendar. The Grand Hotel Hairpin is a slow and very ticky corner. Drivers need to be perfect around the braking zone as a misjudgement could easily lead to the car crashing into the wall which is inches away from the track.
The Portier Turn has a meter-long barrier which keeps the cars from falling into the water. With a spectacular view of the track, the neighbourhood close to the corner is known as Le Portier.
The Tunnel is the next turn. As a high-speed right-handed curve (which is the direct opposite of the rest of the track) overtaking is impossible to deposit the track width. The track runs into a low-lighted tunnel and the light change can be tricky for the drivers to handle.
Nouvelle Chicane is situated at the starting point of the harbour. Originally called the Chicane du Port it was then changed to Nouvell which means ‘new’ Both the turns are tricky with a high threat of damage to the front-left tyre caused by the spiked barriers.
The next corner is called Tabac and the name originates from a tiny tobacconists shop on the outside of the corner. Tabac is yet another high-speed left-handed turn where the divers have to take extra special care negotiating.
The Swimming Pool Complex is a series of four corners made up of two separate esses. The first is less tricky than the next with turns 15 and 16 well known for F1 drivers clipping the wall on the inside of turn 15. Many a suspension has been broken with the cars ramming into the barriers along the outside of turn 16.
Corner 17 is known as La Rascasse. The story behind this name is that there was an old fisherman’s bar in Monaco called La Rascasse. This right-handed turn has a pit land entry on the inside of the exit paving.
The Virage Anony Noghes allows two F1 cars to race side-by-side. A great many drivers look to get a head-start around the exit of turn 18 which unfortunately can lead to some massive oversteers which land them in the barriers.