Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing
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Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing

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OPINION: With more potential venues than there are slots in future calendars, rumours have been circulating that the Monaco Grand Prix could be a casualty of F1’s expansion into new markets. But Mark Gallagher thinks this is highly unlikely.

While Formula 1 has never lost its ability to create other-worldly experiences, Monaco has a particular knack of offering up pinch-yourself moments. I’ve experienced a few over the years, perhaps most surprisingly when Brad Pitt shook my hand and thanked me “for everything”. I never worked out what “everything” was, but 
I said it was no trouble.

This year’s moment came while sipping champagne on a yacht and chatting to Prince Albert. Grace Kelly’s son smiled, shook hands and exchanged a few pleasantries. It’s hard for current generations to appreciate how big a superstar Grace Kelly was, never mind understand how her marriage to Prince Rainier in 1956 caused a sensation. Graham Hill, Mr Monaco himself, explained that the opportunity to gain a kiss from the new Princess was reason enough to win the race around the streets of the Principality.

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