After the last race in Spain where viewership reached a four-year low the circus moves onto the glitz and glamour that the Monaco Grand Prix comes with.
A classic street circuit that has seen many great races, but it is much more than the racing that attracts Formula 1 fans.
The city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine attract public from all over the world all year round and the fact that just weeks before the race you are able to walk on the famous corners such as La Rascasse, sit on the docks by the infamous chicane and turn 10/11.
The reason fans love the track so much and is so important to Formula 1 is because of the close proximity in which the drivers have to carefully weave through.
The risk of danger excites fans, of course that is met by silence if there is ever a crash, but the track is so well assembled and the racing drivers have enough respect for each other during this race not to put their selves at such risks.
Many of Formula 1’s biggest talking points come from the weekend that Monaco takes up the racing calendar, albeit positive or negative.
Speaking this week, Lewis Hamilton spoke of his admiration for the circuit.
“It’s one of my favourite races of the year and I love driving the streets there,” Hamilton said, “It’s a real experience to see the barriers flashing past at high speed.”
He is one of many racing drivers who cannot wait for Monaco to come about with the atmosphere electric and qualifying being so important yet the unpredictability of the race itself builds up a real buzz that is not repeated anywhere else.
The Grand Prix was at the very heart of the Senna/Prost rivalry between 1984-1993 and seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher, has said on record that the risk factor that comes with racing around Monaco is “justifiable once a year as the circuit is so much fun to drive.”
Glowing reports of the Grand Prix can only go so far, and this 2013 season had a lot to live up to after the 2012 season gave so much to Formula 1 fans.
Now Formula 1 is calling upon one of its most prestige and glamorous events to put on such a show that can resurrect this year’s championship – but there’s probably no doubting it will.