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    The Monaco Circuit has begun its preparations for the 2021 season, after canceling the 2020 race due to COVID-19.

    The Automobile Club of Monte Carlo has released photos of work happening around the port two months before the first ACM event of the year – the Historic Monaco Grand Prix. The twelfth edition of the retro racing event will feature 170 entrants in seven categories, with special emphasis on the history of the Scuderer Ferrari.

    Former Ferrari racers Jean Alessi and René Arnoux would take the Ferrari 312 cars to the legendary track in the 1970s, as did Nikki Loda. It will also feature runs for the 1960 Dino 246 (the last front-engined Grand Prix winning car) and a Ferrari entered the Alfa Romeo P3 from the 1930s.

    Monaco and Triple Crown

    The historic Monaco Grand Prix has alternated the end of April slot in recent years with the Formula E race. Monte Carlo residents are accustomed to disintegration as racing cars take over the legendary street course annually. There will be the 78th edition of 2021, considered by some to be the toughest Formula 1 race to win. Along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500, Monaco Motorsports is one of the event’s Triple Crowns.

    Sixties racer Graham Hill is the only person to complete the Triple Crown. Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso have won two of the three Triple Crown events. Each has two events they are yet to win, with Alonso in contention due to an Indy 500 engine malfunction in 2017, and Montoya finishing third in the class at the 2018 Le Mans 24.

    Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is the most recent winner of the Monaco Grand Prix, taking his third win on the streets of Monte Carlo in 2019. He is some way behind the record of his idol Ayrton Senna, who stood on the stage in the Royal Box six times from 1987 to 1993.

    Published 21 February 2021 03:17 AM IST

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