Even before 2020: when the Monaco Excellent Prix was missing in the history books


(Motorsport-Entire.com) – Actually, the Monaco Grand Prix is ​​part of the basic equipment of Formula 1. Therefore it still seems a little unreal that the season 2020 without the race will take place. Used to be few know however: Monaco had its place anything but secure in the early years.

Vittorio Marzotto

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1952 the Monaco Excellent Prix could only be held with a sports car Zoom Accumulate

Although in the streets of Monte Carlo 1950 the second Excellent Prix in Formula 1 history was held, but then you were missing in the calendar for four years before 1955 returned. As a result, only Great Britain and Italy have always been part of the calendar.

So why did Monaco initially have problems getting a foothold? Given the station as a tax haven and gambling capital, it may come as a surprise that money played the leading role.

When the race 1929 founded by Antony Noghes and held for the first time, it was already a big hit and became quickly become a permanent fixture in the international calendar. To attract the big names, the Automobile Club de Monaco still had to offer huge sums of originals and prize money.

No money, no cars. ..

The income from paying spectators – including those who really had grandstand seats and were not on balconies – was low. 1930 and 1937) the ACM improved its income through gambling and independent betting, but still recorded a loss.

1938 the ACM was able to pay an entry fee of 500 Pound knowledgeable car no longer justify just to attract Mercedes or Auto Union. The race planned for August did not take place this year. 1939 stormy times caused the cancellation , even if the Swiss Grand Prix was held in August before the war broke out.

After the clashes ended, top motorsport in Europe began again relatively soon: Already 1947 there was another Grand Prix in Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and France.

Photo gallery: When the Monaco Excellent Prix had to be canceled

1929 the Monaco Grand Prix is ​​launched. Although you can quickly become a permanent fixture in the international calendar, you still have to attract large manufacturers to participate with large sums. Photo gallery

Monaco followed 1948 with a new asphalt route and a mixed field of new and pre-war vehicles, as was typical of battle at the time. The event battle, which was moved to May, was successful, and the victory went to the Maserati from Guiseppe Farina.

However, it was overshadowed by the death of Englishman Norman Linnecar in a motorcycle frame race after an accident in Ste commit. It was the first and only time that two-wheelers drove on the streets.

Rund 10. 000 Grandstand tickets were sold and paid for the first time round 17. 000 People to watch the race from the cliffs at the end of the lap. Nevertheless, the ACM was not financially successful.

The efforts to revive the race after eleven years were enormous. So enormous that it deterred a repeat 1949 . In addition, Prince Louis II died in May.

Formula 1 World Championship as a new probability

The announcement of a world championship for 1950, however, gave the impetus for a revival, and Monaco was planned as a second race of the season, a week after Silverstone. Prince Rainier III. had just started to modernize and develop the principality – so the timing was good.

Unfortunately, a big accident in lap 1 in Tabac took a large part of the field out of the race. The race became a demonstration run by Juan-Manuel Fangio and battle was not a spectacle. 1951 it disappeared from the calendar again.

It was true for 1952 again hung up, but with a catch: It battle a non-championship event for sports cars. This was partly due to costs, but on the other hand they were afraid that no representative and competitive formula field would come together after it was decided relatively late to host the World Championship according to the Formula 2 regulations.

Startunfall Monaco 1951

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A mass accident in lap 1 closed the race 1951 a boring Zoom Accumulate

There were two races: the Grand Prix for cars over two liters and the price of Monte Carlo for smaller engines. Unfortunately, the weekend started badly when the winner of 1935, Luigi Fagioli, was seriously injured in an accident with his Lancia after the tunnel. He died of his head injuries three weeks later.

Stirling Moss battle one of the stars of both races, but was involved in an accident in the main event, so the victory went to Vittorio Marzotto's private Ferrari. At the award ceremony after the race, founder and organizer Antony Noghes announced his retirement. It was truly the end of an era.

It was concluded that the monopostos were missing, but with Noghe's resignation some momentum was lost. Neither 1953 nor 1954 there was a Monaco Excellent Prix, and the race could have disappeared from the scene.

Since 1955 always on the calendar

luckily it returned 1955 as the second race back to the world championship and was also awarded the FIA ​​honorary title Grand Prix of Europe.

It was a race with a big one Drama and set the norm for the coming decades. Alberto Ascari drove his Lancia into the harbor basin, the mighty Mercedes team of Fangio and Moss stumbled, and the victory surprisingly went to Maurice Trintignant's Ferrari.

Prince's wedding Rainier with acting star Grace Kelly in April 1956 caused a lot of sensation, and the race got again a place on the calendar that you shouldn't lose – until the current global health crisis series after 65 years ago.

Curious is that unlike the big financial problems in In the initial phase today is the only race that does not pay Formula 1 entry fee because its place on the calendar is considered so important for sponsors and TV stations.

Therefore it became clear that the Race after the postponement probably wouldn't have got a second slot. Because Formula 1 boss Creep Carey and his colleagues have to fill the calendar with races that bring a lot of money.

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