As F1 Heads To Monaco, Here’s How Its Unique Twists Got Their Names

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Everything about the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix is rich in tradition, and that goes for its corners, too.

Viewers who watch the event in Monte Carlo on Sunday will notice the street course’s corners aren’t given generic names such as “Turn 1” or “Turn 2.” Instead, they’re named for different aspects of the race and the city’s long histories.

So when you hear, “Hamilton comes hard around Antony Noghes,” don’t start wondering if you missed the name of a new driver on the grid.

Here’s the history behind some of Monaco’s famous corners and how they got their names:

Beau Rivage

Monaco Grand Prix Sainte Devote

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Coming out of Sainte Devote, drivers ascend up the hill known as Beau Rivage, which is French for “beautiful coastline.” The name is pretty self explanatory, and entirely fitting.

Casino

Monaco Grand Prix

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Another name that’s rather self explanatory, this turn is named after the casino located at the back. What’s interesting, though, is that Monaco natives aren’t allowed to gamble at the venues, but luxurious visitors — of which there are plenty — are free to make it rain.

Grand Hotel Hairpin

Monaco Grand Prix Grand Hotel

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The slowest corner on the F1 calander, the Grand Hotel Hairpin — sometimes called Fairmont Hairpin — is one of the more iconic parts of the race. It’s named after the nearby Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel, although previously it was labeled after a station, which the hotel replaced.

Portier

Monaco Grand Prix Portier

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Most people assume this turn is named after the picturesque port, which can be seen once drivers exit the corner. But Portier actually refers to an area of Monaco that is named after a Catholic order.

Tunnel

Monaco Grand Prix Tunnel

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Naming this turn likely didn’t take very long. It’s fascinating, though, that amid all of Montel Carlo’s fantastic scenery, one of the most distinguishable visuals of the race occurs in an area that features very little light.

Tabac

Monaco Grand Prix Tabac

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Sandwiched between rows of yachts and legions of fans, this corner arguably provides the race’s most lasting images. The turn isn’t named after any of the glamour and pageantry, though, but rather a tobacco shop that used to be on the outside.

Swimming Pool Chicane

Monaco Grand Prix swimming pool

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Until 1973, this area of the course was a straight shot. But that year, a municipal swimming pool was constructed, necessitating the addition of two new corners.

La Rascasse

Monaco Grand Prix La Rascasse

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This turn is named after the upscale restaurant it wraps around. But the establishment used to be an old fisherman’s bar, which is much cooler.

Anthony Noghes

Monaco Grand Prix Anthony Noghes

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Named after the founder of the Monaco Grand Prix, this is the final turn of the race, and also is located right next to pit row. The site of many triumphs (and even more heartbreaks), Anthony Noghes sets up drivers for the race’s final straightaway.

Thumbnail photo via Mercedes-AMG Petronas

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