Monaco is the crown jewel of the Formula 1 calendar - it may be worth 10 points, just like any other race, but a win here means so much more.
What makes Monaco special? Well, there are lots of reasons, and not all of them are to do with racing.
The sense of history here is immense because the race has been run through the streets of Monte Carlo for 80 years.
When you ride up to Casino Square, you are following in the wheel tracks of greats such as Tazio Nuvolari, Juan Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
The Monaco Grand Prix is like threading the eye of a needle at high speed. It is a tough race, physically and mentally
The fact that you are racing in a Principality also adds to the sense of mystique and history. The Grimaldi family have ruled Monaco since the 13th Century and the race covers almost every inch of their land.
Then there's the unmistakable glamour factor. When you say Monte Carlo, people immediately think of sun, sea and wealth. This is the race where all the pretty people and celebrities, including wannabes, come to see and be seen.
Let's face it, the Monaco circuit nestled in its marina is a far more glamorous setting than a track set in the middle of an airfield, like Silverstone, or a modern circuit like Shanghai.
I'm a local lad, I've lived here for the last 15 years and Monaco is just a big village; when the Grand Prix is out of town it is very pretty and a pleasant place to live.
The fact the race is actually set amid Monte Carlo's twisting streets also makes the event very special.
David Coulthard celebrates Red Bull's first ever podium in Monaco in 2006
At night people, clad in La Perla and Prada, will be drinking champagne on the track while sports cars rattle over the surface.
On Saturday, the F1 drivers will qualify on those same roads and that is a pretty unique set of challenges.
The track is constantly evolving and is at its best on the last lap of the Grand Prix on Sunday because that is when the most rubber goes down and when the grip is at its peak.
Those testing conditions make Monaco the toughest driving challenge on the circuit bar none.
You won't find a single driver out there who isn't giving it their full attention; at other races you can afford to switch off but you just can't do that in Monaco.
It takes an awful lot to win here. At 78 laps it is one of the longest races on the circuit and precision wise it is the most difficult race too.
When you are driving you are missing the barriers by mere millimetres, it's like threading the eye of a needle at high speed. It is a tough race, physically and mentally.
There are lots of blind corners to deal with and to make matters worse the Loews corner combination is one of the slowest in F1; you have to drive the car at full lock just to get round.
The exit of the Swimming Pool is also challenging because you are driving at 140mph between two tight barriers with very little run-off area.
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