This weekend sees Formula One teams and drivers competing in the sixth round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The weekend got underway on Thursday with two 90-minute practice sessions on the 19-turn street circuit that has remained relatively unchanged since the first racing cars started competing here back in 1929.
The Monaco Grand Prix actually predates the current World Championship. The first Grand Prix held in the principality was organised by Antony Noghès in 1929 through the Automobile Club de Monaco under Prince Louis II, who was president of the club at the time.
The first race was actually held on 14th April 1929 and was won by William Grover-Williams driving a works Bugatti Type 35B. The race itself was an invitation-only event, but not all of those invited attended.
Three-time world champion and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd non-executive chairman, Niki Lauda, who sadly passed away this week, will be honoured at this weekend’s 77th Monaco Grand Prix with a minute’s silence on the starting grid prior to the race on Sunday.
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