Which F1 drivers live in Monaco in 2022? Here’s the current – and former – Formula One drivers who live in the Principality ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.
The Monaco Grand Prix is arguably the most iconic circuit of the entire F1 season. The glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo has attracted the rich and famous for decades, and has become a second home for many athletes and celebrities.
Among its most famous residents in the world of Formula 1 are Mika Hakkinen, Daniil Kvyat, Antonio Giovinazzi, Gerhard Berger, Riccardo Patrese, Nico Rosberg and David Coulthard, who can’t seem to get enough of the French Riviera.
Lando Norris once told The Times: “Why move to Monaco when I’ve got it all in Surrey?” However, the McLaren driver still made the move to the Principality at the end of 2021.
Let’s check out the current F1 drivers who live in Monaco.
Born in Stevenage, Hamilton spent most of early F1 career living in Switzerland. However, he moved to Monaco in 2012 having declared life in Switzerland was a “bit boring” and that he “fancied a change”.
At the start of 2021, Hamilton was busy renovating an £18 million home in west London. Despite the hefty price tag he has never lived there, instead choosing to live in Monaco for the past few years.
Lewis said on Instagram a while back: “I love my home. Monaco is one of the most beautiful places in the world and I mean, I still can’t believe I’m lucky enough to live here.”
His Mercedes teammate George Russell has hinted at moving to Monaco in the past. However, he wants to put all his efforts into 2022 before making the move.
“It makes it a bit difficult and I just want to focus on the racing. Here and now is a very important couple of months for a lot of drivers when contract talks are coming up for 2022,” he said last year.
“Just having that stability for myself back at home is important so I can give it absolutely everything I’ve got on the racing.”
Born in the Netherlands, the Dutchman has a rich racing heritage. His father, Jos Verstappen, was also a Formula 1 driver while his mother, Sophie Kumpkin, had a stellar karting career.
When not travelling with F1, Verstappen lives in Monte Carlo as he has done since 2015. The F1 World Champion can often been seeing training and working out around Monaco:
Born in Perth, Australia, 31 year-old Ricciardo has become a mainstay on the grid during the past decade.
The McLaren F1 driver owns a ranch in his native Western Australia, as well a $13 million mansion in Los Angeles that boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a pool and a two-car garage.
However, for most of the year he lives in Monte Carlo, reportedly in the same building as Max Verstappen.
Speaking about racing in Monaco, he told The Sun: “You wake up in your own bed, kick around your apartment and then start the journey to work.”
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Norris followed the example of McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo by moving to Monaco last year. Born in Bristol in the UK, Lando made the switch after wrapping up the 2021 F1 season and while, he doesn’t spend a lot of his time there, it’s still his base.
“It’s lovely, I’ve got a nice view,” Norris told Racing News 365.
“I just feel like I’m in a comfortable place at the minute to make this decision and spend the time to move over there,” he added (via F1 chronicle). “I can still see a lot of my friends, and my family are going to come over.
“So many things will remain exactly the same, it’s just that I’m based in a different place. Maybe I won’t get to play as much golf, which is probably the biggest downside. But there are a couple of places nearby I can go to play.”
The young Ferrari driver was born in Monaco and has lived there his whole life. Leclerc has a luxury apartment, which he lives in with girlfriend Charlotte Sine.
Louis Chiron is so far the only Monégasque racing driver to win in Monaco, with Leclerc paying homage to his countryman at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
The Alfa Romeo driver also has his own place in Monaco, and often spends time there. The Finnish driver lives in the city with Australian professional cyclist Tiffany Cromwell, and he reportedly has an apartment balcony overlooking the harbour.
Driver To Survive fans will also remember Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff visiting Bottas at his home in Monaco in season 4 of the Netflix series.
Valtteri is also a big fan of cycling and often goes around Monaco on his bike on his days off:
The Red Bull racer is thought to have a home in Monaco, although he doesn’t appear to live there all year.
“I find Monaco quite convenient for England, which is where I have to be most of the time,” he told Metro in 2013. However, he added: “Ultimately I’m not here to party, I’m here to win.” Now that Checo is one of the more seasoned veterans on the grid, it seems he’s moved away from the lavish lifestyle in Monaco.
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