Like flying a helicopter in your living room This is how Nelson Piquet once fittingly described the Formula 1 race in Monaco In the winding street canyons of the prin cipality where the drivers even race through a tunnel at a speed of nearly 300 km h 186 4 mph the three time For mula 1 Champion was always fighting a losing battle Oth er champions turned into losers in the horsepower roulette below the Grimaldi Palace as well Ayrton Senna while clearly leading the race crashed his impending victory into the guard rails and Alberto Ascari deep sixed his chance of triumphing by somersaulting into the harbor basin Eternal highlight Monaco Monaco for me is clearly the highlight says Mike Rockenfeller The German DTM driver and Schaeff ler brand ambassador from Audi Sport Team Phoenix be longs to the elite circle of Monaco winners In 2004 he was victorious in the Porsche Supercup held in the prin cipality but even for him not every city street circuit is a winning track At the Norisring in the center of Nuremberg for example where the Rhinelander has been competing since he entered the DTM in 2007 fifth place has been his best result to date A venue that poses an even greater challenge to Rockenfeller is Macau Yes I d definitely like to race there he admits A start in the gambling me tropolis on the South China Sea is still missing on his list Macau s roller coaster track is trickier than any other city circuit and that s why drivers love and hate it so much Formula E Champion Lucas di Grassi is familiar with Macau s upsides and downsides too In 2005 he won the Formula 3 Grand Prix there As a guest entrant in the 2017 GT World Cup the Audi driver became entan gled in a mass crash involving twelve sports cars A day later the city king from São Paulo slid into a wall on a wet track and was out of the race again Even so di Gras si is fond of the Macau monster circuit because nowhere else is city racing fought more closely than there Lucas di Grassi s great new love though is Zurich where on June 10 2018 the Brazilian made history at the event that marked Switzerland s return to circuit racing af ter more than 60 years Not only the people between Lake Zurich and the Matterhorn are going to continue enthusing for a long time about the victory Schaeffler s brand ambassador clinched in commanding style with bold overtaking maneuvers from fifth on the grid in the fi nancial district of the business metropolis THE AUTHOR Leopold Wieland was a motorsport jour nalist for over 30 years Be it Niki Lauda or Ayrton Senna the Rosbergs or the Schu machers from the 1980s up until and into the 2000s he accompanied all the great Formula 1 drivers around the globe as a reporter Most recently he was editor in chief of the Motorsport aktu ell media brand The former kart driver also knows what really happens on the race track and is especially fond of single seater race cars Macau This city circuit has treacherous narrow sections Lucas di Grassi pictured crashed there twice in 2017 Adelaide AUS touring cars Baku AZ Formula 1 Baltimore USA single seater sports cars Beijing CN touring cars Formula E Berlin D Formula E Buenos Aires RA Formula E Detroit USA IndyCar Hong Kong CN Formula E London GB Formula E Long Beach USA IndyCar Formula E Macau CN touring cars Formula 3 motorcycles Marrakech MA touring cars Formula E Melbourne AUS Formula 1 Mexico City MEX Formula 1 WEC Formula E Miami USA IndyCar Formula E Monaco MC Formula 1 Montreal CDN Formula 1 Formula E Moscow RUS Formula E New York USA Formula E Nuremberg D touring cars Paris F Formula E Pau F Formula 3 Punta del Este ROU Formula E Putrajaya MAL Formula E Rome I Formula E Santiago de Chile RCH Formula E Singapore SGP Formula 1 St Petersburg USA IndyCar Toronto CDN IndyCar Zurich CH Formula E CITY CIRCUITS FROM A TO Z These cities have two different race tracks here and now 81

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