It’s the Glitz and Glamour Grand Prix! The one where we bemoan the lack of track action and overtaking, and roll our eyes at the numerous clueless celebrities taking up precious space at the paddock, and yet we still cannot bear to miss it. Then again, you already knew that, didn’t you?
After 24 years of not having a Monegasque driver, Charles Leclerc’s presence on the grid officially made the F1 history books:
How’s your Monaco GP knowledge? Test yourself with this quiz:
For the stat geeks:
The grid girls (& guys) returned this GP, and the reigning World Champ was pleased about it:
Vettel and Hamilton as teammates…?! Could we actually see it happen?
It won’t be a proper Monaco GP if the drivers didn’t roll out their swanky, special edition helmets:
The most notable incident in FP1, care of the Dutch Whiz Kid Max Verstappen:
The Stewards’ decision:
Curiously, two other drivers also got fined for speeding in the pitlane:
2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg got a feel of the F1 car anew:
Er, that got a bit awkward in the end.
Also, he took to the Monaco track with his Dad, 1982 World Champion Keke Rosberg:
Definitely the coolest Father and Son Moment in F1’s recent history!
Charles Leclerc met up with Philippe Bianchi, father of Jules, post-FP1.
Here they are at the Jules Bianchi Foundation booth:
Thousands of F1 fans got emotional. It’s tough not to think of Jules and all what-might-have-beens during moments like that.
The FP1 in 90 seconds:
FP2: Grosjean and Verstappen nearly collided at the hairpin. Yikes.
More speeding fines post-FP2. What’s going on with the twitchy throttle feet, guys?!
Friday. Party Time! Several drivers strutted their stuff at the yearly Amber Lounge fashion show:
Saturday. The incident of FP3 was Max Verstappen ramming his Red Bull car into the wall.
Compare that to his 2016 Monaco GP incident, and it’s almost eerily similar:
Red Bull had to change Verstappen’s gearbox, which incurred a 5-place grid penalty for him:
He never made quali and had to start at the back of the grid:
Verstappen’s season so far, in case you’re curious:
And he now has a website dedicated to his crashing– Has Max Verstappen Crashed Yet?
Ted Kravitz of Sky Sports F1 was really bothered by a misaligned line on Carlos Sainz’s car:
No shortage of stars/celebrities/sports personalities in attendance. It is the GP to see and be seen, after all…
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, aka Jaime Lannister of Game of Thrones:
Retired MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner:
Ducati MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo:
NBA Star Dwayne Wade and his actress wife Gabrielle Union:
Olympian Aksel Svindal:
Alfonso Ribeiro, aka Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
Retired football star Francesco Totti:
NFL player Tom Brady, model Bella Hadid, Kardashian Momager Kris Jenner, Game of Thrones actors Kit Harrington and Liam Cunningham:
Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso:
I’m sure there were plenty more.
Newly-retired driver Felipe Massa has no regrets leaving F1 when he did:
Double World Champion and ex-McLaren driver Mika Hakkinen casually cruising around Monaco on a scooter is the content we all need:
The grid girls and grid guys, complete with “motivational messages” for the drivers, from #FanMessengers:
Thank goodness the grid kids will take over once again next race.
After much hoopla, the FIA and Charlie Whiting finally declare that the Ferrari car is legal:
Raceday: Max “started from the back” Verstappen beats the track record!
Verstappen also took the fastest lap award:
Makes one think what he could have done if he hadn’t binned it during FP3, no?
Lance Stroll got some flak from the fans for his childish Team Radio outburst:
Lad, if you don’t want to race, can you please let Robert Kubica have a go in Montreal?
Home hero Charles Leclerc’s first Monaco GP ended in retirement, after a front brake failure sent him ramming to the back of Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley:
Sudden loss of power? Gearbox not working properly? Tires starting to grain? No problem! Pole-sitter Daniel Ricciardo managed all that and held off Vettel’s challenge to take his first Monaco GP win, and was voted Driver of the Day by the fans as well:
The drivers were explicitly told to avoid the royalty when spraying champagne, but of course Sebastian Vettel got trigger-happy and inadvertently doused the royalty during the podium celebrations:
Thankfully, he’s not banned from re-entering Monaco as of this writing.
Adrian Newey doing a shoey. Shall we call him Adrian Shoey now?
Dan promptly made good on his word and did a swan dive in the Red Bull Energy Station pool:
Fernando Alonso called this year’s race the most boring race ever.
Granted, fellow Champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen also called the race boring, but “the most boring race ever”? Hold the hyperbole now, Fernando.
The 2nd Edition of the Live F1 Show: Featuring Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, the Game of Thrones guys, Charles Leclerc getting a consolation burger and fries, and more!
That’s all, folks. Time to go back to our regular, non-glamourous lives.