For another year the epic Monaco grand prix came to the motor house for the first Woodcote Park motorsport screening of the year. The day’s race marked the 90th anniversary since the first ever Monaco Grand Prix which took place in 1929.
After a welcome by Peter Ratcliff, a member of the Club’s Motoring Committee, the guests enjoyed a Monaco themed buffet lunch. Afterwards, it was time to sit down and await the start of the flagship Formula 1 Grand Prix.
With Hamilton on pole and Bottas just behind him, it looked set to be another display of Mercedes dominance.
It was a strong race from Hamilton, who successfully held off Max Verstappen who was hot on his heels for a large section of the race. The current World Champion crossed the line in 1 hour 43 minutes and 28 seconds. Although Max Verstappen crossed the line in second, he was given a 5 second penalty for an unsafe pit-stop release which nearly caused an accident with Valtteri Bottas. This meant that Vettel was moved up to second position, and Bottas was given third. Although Charles Leclerc’s home race proved one he’d rather have forgotten, Vettel’s second place finish from a fourth position on the grid showed at least a glimmer of hope for Ferrari.
Members and guests had the chance to guess the winners time before the race. The prize bottle of champagne was eventually given to Nicky Hall after the race, who guessed a time of 1 hour 43 minutes and 27 seconds. Amazingly, this is the second time Nicky has won the competition!
The first Grand Prix screening of the year proved a thrilling spectacle, leaving many guests looking forward to the next Motor House screening of the British Grand Prix in July.
A man who wasn’t forgotten on the day, and throughout the Grand prix coverage of Monaco, was Niki Lauda, the former Triple World Champion who had passed away in the week preceding the Grand Prix. He won the race twice, in 1975 and 1976, and became a legend after returning to the track following an awful accident in 1976.