Which F1 Drivers Live in Monaco?

Monaco, the glittering gem of the Côte d’Azur, is more than just the backdrop for one of the most thrilling races in the Formula 1 calendar; it’s also the home base for several of the sport’s top drivers. So which F1 drivers live in Monaco? 

Currently, stars like Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Charles Leclerc have chosen Monaco for its allure, alongside veterans and past legends such as David Coulthard and Nico Rosberg. This is just a snapshot; the principality has long been a preferred residence for many in the F1 fraternity.

It’s hard to say exactly how many F1 drivers live in Monaco at any given time, but we reckon there is no country in the world where more of them reside.

Why do F1 Drivers Live in Monaco?

Why do F1 drivers flock to Monaco? The answer lies in a combination of fiscal advantages, geographical convenience, and lifestyle perks. Monaco’s tax policies offer significant benefits for the high-earning drivers, while its prime location ensures easy access to various European races. Beyond these practical reasons, the principality offers an unmatched quality of life with its luxury amenities, serene views, and vibrant cultural scene.

The Community: Why Do So Many F1 Drivers Live in Monaco?

The concentration of F1 drivers in Monaco creates a unique community where these high-profile athletes can enjoy a level of normalcy and privacy. This enclave allows them to share experiences and challenges unique to their high-speed profession, all while living in a place that respects their privacy and offers them an escape from the global spotlight.

The Neighbourhood: Where Do the F1 Drivers Live in Monaco?

F1 drivers in Monaco tend to settle in prestigious areas such as Monte Carlo, La Condamine, and Fontvieille. These districts are known for their luxury residences, offering drivers the exclusivity, security, and comfort they seek. In Monaco, they’re not just sports icons but also neighbours, enjoying the serene lifestyle and community atmosphere.

Experience Monte Carlo and the Monaco F1 Grand Prix yourself

Monaco’s relationship with Formula 1 extends beyond the circuit; it’s a living, breathing part of the sport’s culture, offering drivers a sanctuary that matches their lifestyle and values. Whether for the tax advantages, the lifestyle, or the sense of community, Monaco remains the residence of choice for F1’s elite.

For fans eager to dive into the world of F1, the Monaco Grand Prix presents a perfect blend of sport and spectacle. As an official reseller of Paddock Club Monaco tickets, we offer an exclusive gateway to experiencing the excitement of the race amidst luxury. Witness the charm of Monaco and understand why it’s the chosen home for the stars of Formula 1. We especially recommend our Monaco Grand Prix Hospitality packages.

2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Blog

Five continents, twenty countries, twenty-three races and one thousand laps led by the same man. And that, as they say, is that. F1 is nicely wrapped up and put away in time for the festive season.

Abu Dhabi was once again, where Formula 1 headed for it’s last race of the season, and Yas Island always puts on a great show. It looks especially inviting from the freezing temperatures of an English living room. But I always get the sense that you have to be there to appreciate it more than other events on the calendar. The race itself, 2021 aside, tends to be a bit flat.

For 58 laps, no one really challenged for the race lead, there were no real jaw-dropping moments, no safety car deployed. If it wasn’t for Carlos Sainz’s incredibly late retirement, all twenty cars would have finished the final Grand Prix.

Still, it was lights out and away they went for the last time this year, and Abu Dhabi was still the decider for how much money or wind tunnel time some teams would get next year. Here are the five main talking points from the pretty mediocre Finale.

Once in a Lifetime

Words have been thrown around the Paddock this year. Dominant. Unbeatable. Out of this world. Supreme. Invincible. Not human. Faultless. Sublime.

Whichever adjective you use to describe Max Verstappen, one thing is for sure. We are unlikely to ever see anything like this season again in our lifetime in F1. And I mean that. This will be the greatest season we have ever witnessed from a single driver. No other car or human has come even nearly close.

Finishing with an appropriate win in Abu Dhabi, Max proved over and over again this season that a car is not solely responsible for winning races and world championships. Yes, he had the best car underneath him on the grid. But, Sergio Perez, with both a mixture of poor decisions and bad luck thrown at him this year, was living proof that you have to be an out of this world racing driver to achieve what Max Verstappen has done in the same car.

No one – not Michael Schumacher, not Lewis Hamilton, not Ablerto Ascari with his 75% race win record when there were only eight races in a season – were seen, in their hay day, to come to the track and dominate like Max did every. single. race.

And the funny thing is, the three races that Max did not win – Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan and Singapore – will probably haunt him forever, the perfectionist he is. He didn’t even put a foot wrong in those races. Was just out driven or, in the case of Singapore, had an atypically uncompetitive car in the Red Bull.

Most consecutive race wins, most podium finishes, highest ever points total, biggest winning margin, most wins in a single campaign, highest percentage of race wins in a single season. They are some of the few records that the 26-year old achieved this year. It is scary to think how many more that will end up being, when the oldest driver on the grid is currently 42.

It’s not like he just turns up and has this supreme god given talent though (although there is a lot of that). When other drivers spend time with family and friends in between races, Max goes straight back to the factory to work on the simulator. Even after a race win of over twenty seconds, the Dutchman will always explain in interviews that something that was a bit off or needs improving for the next race. He turns up to each race and aims for perfection. No win is a given for him.

Hindsight will be a beautiful thing in a few years but I think we can all agree that we won’t see another season like 2023 and those who watched it from start to finish witnessed a huge piece of F1 history in the making with Max Verstappen. Whilst I am sure he will double, if not triple, his current win total throughout his career, historically, teams start to catch up with the leader around this point in the regulatory cycle and with this in mind, next year should be a bit closer in both championships. Meaning less records broken. Maybe…

LePole Position

Twenty-three pole positions. Five race wins. That’s a win rate from pole of 23% for Charles Leclerc.

Of course, there has been a few occasions where Leclerc himself has thrown away that lead – the 2022 French Grand Prix is ringing a bell – but this season, the Ferrari has just simply been a less competitive car on race day than the Red Bull and is much more affected by tyre degradation. Something we do not see in qualifying.

Abu Dhabi was another one of those occasions. Qualified on pole, put in another good challenge into turn one off the start, and almost got Max further into lap one. But, after that it was smooth sailing for Verstappen and he finished 18 seconds ahead of Leclerc.

Charles Leclerc drove a very impressive race though. He was even strategising on behalf of Ferrari at the end. He managed to tally up the points needed for his team to finish second to Mercedes in the championship, once Sergio Perez’s five-second penalty was applied, and suggested letting Checo overtake him in order to beat George Russell. Whilst it was a noble thing to do, it came to no avail when Russell managed to stay within five seconds of both drivers, but Toto Wolff praised Leclerc as “sportsmanlike” for allowing the Mexican driver through without backing up the grid – something we have seen other drivers do to secure championships in previous seasons.

Russell to the Rescue

On the whole, Lewis Hamilton, who only had one DNF this season and one DSQ through no fault of his own, carried the team more this year. But George Russell, who has had his self-proclaimed worst season ever in F1, undeniably came to the rescue at Abu Dhabi. Without him this weekend, Ferrari would have been getting that extra prize money.

Lewis hung onto a couple of points in a very unconvincing P9, but George took the final podium spot despite battling a virus the past couple of weeks, and those fifteen points made all the difference to the Constructors Championship. He was relieved to had made amends for a “dreadful season” on his part by helping the team to that extra financial benefit and sounded hopeful for the forward direction the team could only go in next year.

His teammate, on the contrary, conducted a very dejected interview post-race, explaining that he was surprised to have “survived” the season at all. Usually full of optimism and praise for the Mercedes team back at home, Hamilton sounded really hopeless for the next few months, with Red Bull finishing the final race of the season seventeen seconds ahead of anyone else.

More harsh penalties

He just can’t have an easy race can he. Segio Perez simply adores making his life harder than it needs to be. He can’t qualify well, but then transforms into a demon during the race. He clearly loves overtaking and wants to have a more interesting race than his teammate up front. Whatever it is, it has become almost a guarantee. Perez will start low down, but then fight with all his might to prove himself worthy of that second Red Bull seat and finish quite well.

Abu Dhabi was no different. The Mexican driver started ninth on the grid and the raw pace of the Red Bull was soon evident as he began picking off drivers ahead of him one by one. When he got to Lando Norris though, for fourth place, Sergio Perez was seen to turn in and awarded a 5-second penalty. It looked like a racing incident and the penalty was rather harsh with just ten laps to go.

Perez clearly thought so, and his views on the stewards’ decision, whereby he branded the FIA a joke, cost him further investigation and he was summoned by the FIA after the race. Iconic.

He was rather hard done by though. Had it not been for that penalty he would have gone on to stand on the podium with his teammate for the last time this year. A podium, I might add, that a representative of Red Bull’s racing team has stood on every single race except one this year, and not ONE of those has been a woman. Do better Red Bull. Do better.

The Battle of the Brits

What a turnaround this year was for McLaren. And what an awful end for Aston Martin. This year held so much promise for Lawrence Stroll’s team, with the first three races podium finishes. Then fortunes flipped for the two British teams, when half way through the year, McLaren decided to enter the ring.

Nine races in, the MCL60 was completely unrecognisable from the car we witnessed come last and DNF at the opening race in Bahrain. Before July, McLaren had just 11 measly points to their name. Aston Martin had 154. By Abu Dhabi, McLaren had overtaken, clinching fourth place in the championship.

What could have possibly gone so wrong in five months?

Two things to note here. One, McLaren is proof just how much a car can improve over a season. Two, Oscar Piastri will win world championships. Let me explain.

McLaren unleashed, essentially, a new car, with the upgrades brought to Austria in July. A fully revised floor, sidepod, engine cover, halo and even mirrors all designed at improving its aerodynamic efficiency, were introduced across the three Grand Prixs in July and, with it, points galore for the Papaya team. They were now right at the front of the midfielders.

Secondly, Fernando Alonso essentially contributed to Aston Martin’s success by himself, with little offered from teammate and son of the owner, Lance Stroll. On his own, he scored more points than both McLaren drivers, and ended the year equal with Charles Leclerc for fourth in the Driver Championship. He very rarely was challenged by his own teammate.

Meanwhile in McLaren, rookie Piastri was right there with Lando Norris the whole time, and on some occasions even outperformed him. Eleven point-scoring finishes, two podiums and a sprint race win, the Australian had an incredible first season in F1. The upgraded car provided the catalyst and both Norris and Piastri worked seriously well together to do the rest. Double the driver potential, double the points potential. It was as simple as that. An outstanding second half of the season and definitely a pairing to watch next year.

What next?

Well that’s it for now. The travelling circus will no doubt be gasping for air after twenty-three races, but give it two weeks, no one will know what to do with themselves.

Action begins up again with pre-season testing on 21st February in Bahrain, with the race there the following weekend. A couple of welcomed changes have been made to the calendar, including Qatar later in the year and Japan earlier. This should make for a better flow and more regionalisation.

Whilst, it was definitely a one-horse race this season, don’t be fooled into thinking that made for boring racing. We have witnessed history be made over and over again and we will look back at 2023 as the year Max Verstappen set unbreakable records.

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In the meantime, we’d like to wish all our clients, colleagues, and friends all the best for Christmas & the New Year.

2023 Las Vegas GP Review


All hail the Las Vegas Grand Prix.  22 Nov. Written By Clare Gething lewis

If you woke up and saw the Las Vegas Grand Prix results, and were put off watching on catch up, I urge you to reconsider.

This half a billion dollar extravaganza was set up to fail. And, make no mistake, a lot of people wanted it to. With drivers visibly cringing at parading themselves in the Hunger Games-esq opening ceremony and Friday’s shambolic practice sessions caused by a loose drain cover, you could practically hear critics of the event giddying themselves up for a spectacular flop.

But, it wasn’t. Vegas only went and pulled it off.

Even Max, with a face like a slapped arse all weekend, who said the Grand Prix was 99% show, 1% sporting event, after the race claimed he already couldn’t wait for next year. And if you were still bleary eyed at 6am on the formation lap, you would have been wide awake as soon as the lights went out. It was honestly, such a blast. A fabulous fight for first in an epic location.

Here are my five takeaways from the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix:

There is nothing Red Bull aren’t good at

Ferrari were quick but Red Bull were quicker. They may have struggled to get tyres up to temperature during qualifying, but the challenge just made Max want it even more.

It wasn’t a simple win. Far from it. Whilst Max Verstappen nipped Charles Leclerc off the line into first place, he was seriously challenged for almost the whole race. Leclerc retook position on lap 18, then Sergio Perez came from NOWHERE to take the lead on lap 32, before Leclerc stole it back again. Max eventually caught back up and retook them both, but it wasn’t made easy for him.

That was his 18th win of the year. Only Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are ahead of Max now in terms of total race wins.

For the second Grand Prix running, it was a horse race finish for Perez who was nipped to the post on the final lap again – with wheel to wheel racing against Leclerc to the line for second place. Luckily for the Ferrari driver on pole, he just about kept the Mexican off him.

It looked like Red Bull would only have their main man on the podium this weekend, but Sergio Perez proved again he is King of the Streets by fighting back from qualifying in 12th, to finishing in the final podium position. Checo managed all of this, despite getting caught up in Alonso’s lap one spin and falling back into 18th. Yes, he did benefit from a cheap pit stop after Russell collided into Verstappen mid-way through the race, but his reputation precedes him on these types of circuits. He is a freak on the streets.

Five second time penalties are misused

On the first lap, Max Verstappen was deemed to have been in the wrong when he gained track position by going down the inside and pushing Leclerc off the track. He then received a five second penalty for his misdemeanor, to which Max scoffed at, sending the stewards his regards.

We have seen it before where taking the added time is a small price to pay for gaining the race lead and clear air, and often Verstappen wins these races by such a large margin it’s so much more advantageous just to take the penalty. In IndyCar, the default in these situations is to just give the place back – and this seems so much fairer. Not to mention easier. It is difficult to tell how the race would have panned out had Verstappen given Leclerc the lead back, but at least it would stop Ferrari fans from feeling cheated.

Sometimes these penalties work. We saw a five second penalty later in the race given to George Russell for his safety car inducing collision with Verstappen on lap 25. The Mercedes driver was the one who suffered from the damage caused in that incident and did not gain track position, so in that scenario, a time penalty was appropriate. It turned a solid fourth position on his part into eighth. But, the FIA need to be more sensible about when they dish out these penalties, and, for the most part, a simple giving the place back is all that is needed.

Reverse fortunes for Williams and Alpine

Williams would be strong here, they said. Alpine will struggle.

It was, sadly, a pointless result for both Williams’ drivers, despite the super impressive qualifying and Albon and Sargeant starting in P5 and P6 respectively. The long straights and hard breaking corners of the Las Vegas circuit made it well suited for the British team, but tyre graining and the timing of both safety cars completely destroyed their chances of a double points finish. Why both drivers are put on the same strategy and left to the mercy of a safety car, I never understand.

Alpine, however, thrived here! More to say on Ocon, but both drivers, had it not been for Gasly’s potential battery issue and his hard tyres dying off earlier than expected, would have finished in the points, despite it being a potentially challenging track for them. Gasly, at some points, even looked set for a podium.

Sky Sports Coverage: Influencing our DoTD

This is how the break down of the Driver of the Day contest looked:

  • Charles Leclerc – 21.6%
  • Sergio Perez – 19.1%
  • Oscar Piastri – 13.4%
  • Max Verstappen – 13%
  • Lewis Hamilton – 6.2% doesn’t get enough credit – another bad qualifying starting in 14th and finished 5th.

Where on earth on this list were Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon?

Esteban Ocon was racing like a man possessed. He went from getting knocked out of Q1 on the Friday night and starting the race in 16th to finishing 4th. He did some of the best overtaking I have ever seen in a very mediocre car. He has his days, does Esteban, and I think it can be said, Saturday was one of those days.

Lance Stroll, who’s name has been very much dragged through the mud recently with his comparative performance being so far away from his teammate, outperformed Fernando Alonso at Vegas and drove a quietly determined race, taking himself from 14th to 5th. But, where was he on our screens?

The Canadian gained ten places at the start, whilst the other Aston Martin was driving in circles. At one point during the race, Lance Stroll was in second. Yes, we want to see action and overtakes, and clearly Stroll drove a lonely race with no one to challenge him or to challenge. But, at the end of the race, I was actually shocked to see where Stroll came in, despite having watched the whole thing. Because I didn’t see him on my screen. Not once. Going back through the highlights, it’s the same story.

My point is this. If we had seen and heard more about Ocon and Stroll’s fight in the race from Sky Sports, it is incredibly likely they would have had a look in on Driver of the Day. Instead, we get two Red Bulls and a Ferrari – aka, the best cars on the grid.

Mercedes might not finish second in championship

The Silver Arrows went from a 24 point safety net after Brazil to a meagre 4 points after Las Vegas, in the fight with Ferrari for P2 in the Constructor’s Championship. Toto Wolff was visibly rattled, urging George Russell in a rare radio interference to push for overtakes, and was, understandably, unimpressed with what should of been a podium position, tumbling down to eighth after Russell’s penalty was applied.

Hamilton, albeit having his fair share of bad luck during the course of the Grand Prix, managed, as usual, to mop up as many points as he possibly could, but having a Ferrari finish in P2 and P6 was not going to help Mercedes’s cause. Especially when Carlos Sainz started the race outside the top ten.

Abu Dhabi and the season’s finale will be, what it all boils down to. And, I’m not complaining.

The track temperature here, being hot and humid, is not, what Ferrari desire from a racetrack, but with Mercedes being so unpredictable as of late, it really is anyone’s guess who will take that runner-up spot in the championship.

So, with everybody suspectedly exhausted from a stupidly crazy week in Sin City, it’s time to drag everyone back over to the other side of the world for the season Finale… See you in Abu Dhabi!


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2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix Preview


What happens in Vegas? 14 Nov. Written By Clare Gething lewis

Predicted to be the biggest sporting spectacle, anywhere in the world, ever, we had to do a pre-weekend special on Saturday night’s race in the city that never sleeps.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix was announced back in 2022, causing the then McLaren driver, Daniel Ricciardo to say he would prolong any retirement plans to ensure his involvement in the Sin City F1 race. Luckily for him, Nyck De Vries was kind enough to give up his seat so that Daniel could realise his dream of racing down the Las Vegas Boulevard.

Here is what you need to know about the 2023 Heineken Silver Las Vegas GP.


The New and Improved Vegas

First up, it’s worth noting it’s not actually the first ever Grand Prix to be held in this city, nor is it the first ever Saturday race, contrary to popular belief. In fact, it will be the 74th Grand Prix not held on a Sunday. The last one was a while back though – in 1985, in South Africa.

Las Vegas last hosted the race over 40 years ago, in a circuit which was built in the car park of Caesars Palace. Hardly the most inspiring location. The circuit itself was also not appropriate for the searing heat at the time of day held and the anti-clockwise direction of the track made it challenging.

This time, it’s a Saturday night race, held on the infamous strip, where F1 cars will be flying, flat out for two kms on one of the most photographed and visited avenues in the world, zooming past the likes of the Bellagio, the MGM and the new MSG Sphere.


What has Vegas had to do to prepare?

The better question is which part of the city has not been disrupted from preparation for this race.

The road has had to be resurfaced to make it smooth for racing, with 43,000 tonnes of intermediate and race layer gone down on, what was previously, three lanes of free-flowing traffic. This has, understandably, made it a commuting nightmare for local residents.

Hotels have had to accommodate an extra 100,000 fans expected over the course of the week. The venetian gondola area has been drained. Any restaurant with a balcony view of the track has been transformed into a viewing area. Temporary grandstands have been erected that block the renowned Bellagio’s fountains from view. Three temporary bridges, with plastic screening preventing passers-by from catching a glimpse of the race, have been constructed.

It has required around three months of full-scale preparation to construct the track, with the same again to take it all down. And this is meant to happen every year for the next nine years…


How much is this all costing?

Around $250m was spent building the new pit lane building and paddock, a site the length of three American football fields, which features a 28,000 sqft video screen made into its roof. A permanent fixture for all the Las Vegas races to come, however, and after this weekend, it will become the F1 US Headquarters.

Around $2.3b was spent on creating and building the biggest LED screen in the earth into an 18,000 person sphere, which F1 owners Liberty Media, are leasing out for the course of the F1 festivities. The land itself acquired for the creation of the circuit cost $240m. Since September 2023, almost half a billion US dollars has been spent by Liberty Media on this single racing event in the middle of the Nevada desert.

But, with the most expensive tickets and packages on the calendar, including the $5m Emporer Package, and with the race set to remain until 2032, F1 hopes to see that money back in their hands again. US county officials expect around $100m in taxes and $1.3b in spending from the event. Local taxi drivers are throwing their hat into the ring too, surcharging journey fares during the week in anticipation of European tourists “not tipping”.


An F1 Festival

The Grand Prix weekend for Vegas officially started on Saturday 5th November with an F1 launch party, two weeks before the race. Drivers inc. Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez attended and the event featured live car runs, an F1 Pit Stop Challenge, simulators and photo opportunities with cars and trophies.

A golf tournament featuring F1 drivers and golfing pros, is taking place for the very first time on Tuesday 14th November. The Netflix Cup, will be streamed live, with the tournament held at the Wynn Golf Club. F1 drivers, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz will play in pairs alongside golfing legends Ricky Fowler, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas, respectively. You can watch that on Netflix if you so wish.

The race itself on Saturday 18th November will kick off with an opening ceremony. Expect big household names performing, with the likes of Tiesto, John Legend, 30 Seconds to Mars and Steve Aoki and a drone light show, with LED flags and PixMob bracelets sported by the crowds, to completely immerse themselves in the experience.


Track, Tyres and Temperatures

It has to be said. Considering the hype it’s getting, on paper the circuit itself doesn’t look all that thrilling. But, there is potential.

It is the second longest track on the grid (with Spa coming in top), at 6.1km. There are 17 corners and two really long straights. It is reasonably wide for a street circuit and mostly flat, so certainly more overtaking opportunities than, say, Monaco, with top speeds of around 212 mph, comparable to those in Monza – F1s ‘Temple of Speed’.

The potential for excitement, however comes from the two hard breaking corners off the back of the straights as well as, arguably the narrowest pit exit of all time.


Not to mention, the weather.

The talking point this week has been non-stop centered around the track temperature. Now there is even the possibility of rain. As Las Vegas is a desert, it gets very chilly at night and, with the race being held at the latest ever grand prix start time of 10pm, it is expected to be extremely cold in F1 standards. Between 10-12 degrees celsius for all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race.

F1 cars are not designed to run at these temperatures and tyres are definitely not made for this: the cooler the track, the less grip. Pirelli will be bringing its softest set of tyres to the event in order to address this issue, but it will still be a major struggle for all of the teams.


Which cars will it suit?

As circuit layouts go, this is pretty much perfect for Ferrari. The long straights and hard breaking corners are where these cars come alive. Think Monza and Azerbaijan. Similar track layouts and both qualifying sessions topped by Ferrari. Other cars that benefit from a lot of time on the straight going at full throttle, are the cars of Williams and Haas. Teams that will struggle with this, however, will be Aston Martin and Mercedes – if Brazil was anything to go by.

Whilst the Red Bull cars are obviously very dominant and can adapt to most tracks, their qualifying pace may actually be below par here. If Red Bull have a weak point, it’s getting tyres up to temperature. This is where getting through to Q3 – especially for Sergio Perez – might be a challenge in the cold conditions. When it comes to the race though, Max Verstappen is still going to be hard to beat.

Having said this, it is a new circuit, which no driver has ever driven outside of a simulator, there might be rain and the track temperature is going to be one of the coldest of any race, ever. Expect a chaotic race start, lots of tyre graining and plenty of mistakes.

So that’s it – Las Vegas. Let’s hope it lives up to the hype, the millions of dollars worth of public money spent and the 6am wake up for call for the sporting spectacle of the year…


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