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Monaco F1 viewing party at Shutters in Santa Monica

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Ezekiel Wheeler
May 30, 2013 SHARE

For those of you that watch Formula 1, you understand what we're talking about. The will to get up at any hour to watch a race, oh wait that's what DVR is for. Well, what about a special invite to watch what some consider to be the most exciting race of the season at a beach side restaurant watching the sun rise all while eating some awesome food? Considering this event only happens for the Monaco GP, that's what Ezekiel Wheeler (European Car and Eurotuner Associate Editor) and yours truly, Toni Avery got to do. The prospect of getting up at 3am on a Sunday didn't seem so terrible when offered a special breakfast and endless Champagne. This is what we thought of the live Monaco viewing:

T: Besides the fact that I got you up at 3:30am to go watch the Monaco Grand Prix at Shutters in Santa Monica, what did you think of the endless champagne Formula 1 breakfast party?

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E: Considering I had returned from Willow Springs Raceway only a few hours before setting my alarm in five-minute intervals. The prospect of a well prepared breakfast accompanied by Champagne while watching the sun rise over Santa Monica was motivation enough to get out of bed. Not to mention, the Monaco GP is my favorite stop of the entire F1 season. So thanks for that. Luckily, Shutters was smart enough to serve several pots of coffee before popping corks.

T: Ha, yep. It was well worth the middle of the night wake up call. But even with our Ferrari themed attire, our team didn't do so well. That might actually be an understatement. When the camera landed on poor Filipe Massa's face sitting there in his neck brace, it was pretty much game over for Ferrari. It is a nearly impossible track to pass on, but I mean seeing at least one red suit up on the podium would have been nice. Was this GP more action packed, crash filled and aggressive driver overloaded than recent races or is it just me?

E: This year the Monaco Grand Prix had plenty of thrills and while it was pretty upsetting to watch Massa and Alonso struggle, it was thrilling to watch Checo drive like a truck driver through the Nouvelle Chicane. Not to mention witnessing a piece of F1 history as Nico Rosberg, who qualified on pole, stole the race with well-executed safety car restarts, ensuring him a flag to flag victory. Making this the first time in F1 history that a father (Keke Rosberg) and son legacy have won at the same circuit. Completing the circle of young Nico's childhood having been raised in Monaco and, thanks to dear ol' dad, witnessed some of the most thrilling Monte Carlo races in history.

Sure a few hair raising moments like Massa's nearly identical crash out of turn one, Pastor Maldonado's rare red flag wreck (which I hear he's still seeing stars from), and the bizzare Grosjean Hollywood style rear-ending of Eric Boullier. To put it in simpleton terms, this race had all the action of a single lane NASCAR race.

T: I could not have said it better myself. Even in my Ferrari gear I was silently rooting for Nico. Not only because it would be his first Monaco win, but I tend to root for the underdog when my team has no chance. And how cool is it to be the first father/son duo to win such an important race?

NASCAR all the way, I mean it was just icing on the cake when both screens went black after Maldonado's crash and everyone started yelling and standing up (myself included). And when the picture came back after several painful seconds it was like everyone sat down in relief. Just like in Formula 1, seconds feel like minutes.

Well, there you have it, this is our take on the events of the GP and our viewing breakfast. We will gladly go to next year's Monaco viewing at Shutters in Santa Monica (4am till race end). Maybe we will see you there.

Here's a list of the next couple of races in the 2013 season:

  • Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada (Montreal) 7-9 June
  • Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix (Silverstone) 28-30 June
  • Formula 1 Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland (Nurburgring) 5-7 July
  • Formula 1 Magyar Nagydij (Budapest) 26-28 July
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