As a working Formula 1 journalist, there are two ways to view a Grand Prix circuit: the ease of working at the track, and its attraction as an atmospheric venue. The two perspectives are not necessarily the same. In fact, they can be dramatically different. Monaco is a very good example.
On the afternoon of 13 January 1842, a dusty, blood-stained figure was spotted riding pell-mell towards the British fort at Jalalabad in Afghanistan. This apparition was Assistant Surgeon William Brydon, the sole survivor of one of Britain’s greatest military disasters, the retreat from Kabul during the First Anglo-Afghan War.