The magic of Monaco? "Sleeping in my own bed," says Massa


The Monaco Grand Prix is regarded by many as the jewell in the Formula 1 crown.

Set on the streets of a millionaires' playground in the Med, it attracts a unique mix of race fans and celebs to watch one of the most challenging contests of the season. Victory at the circuit is prized above anywhere else, with drivers like Senna and Schumacher forging their reputations through multiple Monaco victories.

But for some, the appeal is more to do with home comforts.

Like many F1 drivers, Felipe Massa has been a Monaco resident for several years, making the blue riband event something of a homecoming. And, speaking ahead of this weekend's grand prix, the Brazilian was quick to point out what really appeals to him about the race.

“I love Monaco," said Massa, whose best results in the Principality are a pair of third-place finishes in 2007 and '08.

"I live there so it's great to be able to go home and see the family and sleep in my own bed after each day in the car. I am luckier than most as this happens at two races for me (Monaco and his native Brazil)."

But it's not just Massa who's looking forward to a short commute - the sentiment was echoed by his Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

"It's the closest thing I will have to a home Grand Prix as I live in Monaco," said Bottas. "So it will be nice to go from home in the morning.”

The Finn - who is enjoying an excellent start to the campaign - will be targeting a career-first podium this weekend, and may fancy a quick champagne-drenched trip home for a post-race shower.

The Williams pair are not the only ones looking forward to their local grand prix, with a number of other drivers calling Monaco home. Mercedes ace Nico Rosberg, the son on 1982 world champion Keke, grew up in the Pincipality and scored a 'home' victory 12 months ago.

"Obviously, I associate many wonderful memories with this place," said Rosberg. "It's where I grew up and where I now live as an adult.

"But in sporting terms too, I have had some great moments: in particular last year when I won there for the first time in my Formula 1 career. That was an absolutely incredible feeling.

"The Championship battle is very close and to re-gain the advantage at my home race would be fantastic, so I'll be pushing harder than ever to make that happen."