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"Magical Monaco"

Updated 1224 GMT (2024 HKT) May 22, 2014
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The Monaco Grand Prix has been held in the picturesque principality of Monte Carlo on the French Riviera since 1929 and the race remains the jewel in Formula One's crown. Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Four-time world champion Alain Prost believes only a Monaco victory can make you into a legendary Formula One driver. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images
Prost won the Monaco Grand Prix four times -- the last of which came in 1988. Allsports/Getty Images
The French driver experienced the highs and lows of racing at Monaco -- this 1990 incident, while with Ferrari, was one of three retirements he suffered in 13 starts. AFP/Getty Images/file
Prost says some of the corners are so tight, it feels like you are driving a plane, not an F1 car. Here Kamui Kobayashi's Sauber takes off during the 2012 race. Tom Gandolfini/AFP/GettyImages/file
Monaco is a magnet for celebrities such as Hollywood actor Will Smith and pop star Nicole Scherzinger, pictured with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone in 2012. Mark Thompson/Getty Images
The tiny city-state will welcome 200,000 fans over the grand prix weekend, with many of them watching from yachts in the harbor.
Monaco's street circuit is relatively unchanged since Formula One cars began racing there in 1950. Stirling Moss says his 1961 victory, shown here, was the best race of his career. Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The late Ayrton Senna won the Monaco race a record six times. Brazil's triple world champion said he entered a "trance-like" state while driving through the narrow streets. Martti Kainulainen / Getty Images