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  • It’s a sightand a soundthat never gets old

  • The world’s fastest cars, twisting and turning through the streets of one of its most picturesque cities

  • Each year, a country that’s smaller than New York’s Central Park, builds a world-class street circuit that spans a third of its length and sees its population grow by more than 500% overnight

  • It’s an incredible feat of logisticsengineering, and temporary construction that requires some serious planning and patience

  • This is how the world’s second smallest nation... becomes a racetrack.

  • The Monaco Grand Prix is an event that turns an entire country on its head.

  • From the resurfacing of roads to the construction of standsbarriers, entire media centers,

  • and the small matter of some 200,000 people arriving incity that’s normally home to 38,000—it’s one of the most impactful sporting events there is

  • First held in 1929, the event made its Formula 1 debut in 1950 and has since become a staple of the world championships,

  • appearing on every season’s calendar since 1955, apart from in 2020 of course when almost everything fun was cancelled

  • The overall layout of Monaco’s track has changed very little over the yearsit’s a small country and there’s not that much else you could do

  • Outside of the Grand Prix, the route is used as a public road, and keeping that up to FIA regulations is a serious job

  • Prior to each year’s racing, about a third of the 3.3-kilometer circuit is planed and resurfaced,

  • removing any deformations that could impact drivers on what's already considered to be one of F1’s most challenging routes.

  • It runs along some of the country’s main thoroughfares, so these works and the line repainting are carried out largely at nights, in sections, and over a three-week period

  • With the track establishedthings start to move up a gear with the construction of the temporary facilities, about six weeks out from the racing.

  • Much of this is prefabricated away from site, reducing the set-up time in Monaco itself

  • Relying on a team of highly skilledfull time engineers to keep on-tracksome 600 trucks carry grandstands, pit garagesbarriers, footbridges and more into the countrycompletely transforming it.

  • While the pit facilities in Monaco are only temporary structuresthey are no less high-tech than those at the permanent circuits.

  • Arriving in 120 different sections, these modules are lifted into place by a crane and assembled over just 14 days,

  • creating 450 square meters of space for each of the 12 teams across three floors, divided into mechanicaltechnical and hospitality sections.

  • With limited open space along the circuitthe majority of the seating is located along the waterfront of Port Hercule, with smaller stands located at key positions:

  • like the Monte Carlo Casino and the entrance of the tunnel section near Portier Cove

  • Of course, boats, rooftops and the terraces of surrounding hotels and restaurants all act as VIP sections for fans.

  • The circuit’s official capacity is 37,000, making it the smallest of any in Formula 1.

  • But Monaco’s unique landscape gives thousands of people views of the track, and it has a much larger non-ticketed audience than other Grand Prix events.

  • In a normal year, around 200,000 people come into the country for the Grand Prix, and 100,000 attend the final Sunday

  • With so many spectators near the track, over 20,000 square meters of safety mesh and more than 21 kilometers of safety railing are installed to protect the public, buildings and drivers.

  • While the pandemic has forced some countries to hold their Grand Prix without spectators, Monaco is allowing 40-50% of ticketed seats to be sold

  • marking the biggest return to capacity since the disrupted 2020 season.

  • To keep the country connected while the race is on, a maze of footbridges and gangways is installed

  • Then, 670 event marshals are brought in to help coordinate the nearly 3,000 strong team that it takes to pull off the event.

  • The organizers work hard to minimize disruption as far as possible, and access to the circuit is largely unrestricted.

  • It’s only completely closed to pedestrians and traffic between 5:30am and 7:30pm on the race days.

  • That's a major break with other circuits like Singapore and Melbourne which remain closed for the duration of the event

  • After the racing, everything is cleared away again, and the country returns to its more peaceful self

  • With its global reach, a place on Formula 1’s calendar is a highly sought-after prize, and some emerging markets have managed to edge-out smaller ones over the years

  • Despite its size, Monaco’s unique blend of history, prestige and atmosphere has seen it attain near untouchable status in the world of racing,

  • all enabled by an incredible team of construction workers and engineers who pull off this amazing transformation, most years

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The Country That Becomes a Racetrack

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    Jeff Chiao posted on 2022/03/24
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