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
Monaco is a magnet for celebrities like Hollywood actor Will Smith and popstar Nicole Scherzinger -- who is dating Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton. Smith and "Scherzy" are pictured with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone in 2012. Mark Thompson/Getty Images
The tiny city will welcome 200,000 fans over the grand prix weekend with many of them watching from yachts in the harbor.
The racing drivers -- like Red Bull's 2012 winner Mark Webber shown here -- speed within inches of Monte Carlo's famous landmarks. PATRICE COPPEE/AFP/GettyImages
Monaco's street circuit is relatively unchanged since Formula One cars began racing there in 1950. Stirling Moss says his victory in Monaco in 1961, shown here, was the best race of his career. Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
The late triple world champion Ayrton Senna won the Monaco race a record six times and says he entered a "trance-like" state while driving through the narrow streets. Martti Kainulainen / Getty Images
But for some sun-seekers in Monaco, the cars are a distraction... Clive Mason/Getty Images