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Video: Watch F1 drivers talk superyachts at the Monaco Grand Prix 2019

By Katia Damborsky   28 May 2019

Ahead of the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix, Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly had their superyacht knowledge put to the test in Monaco’s Port Hercules.

After a whirlwind week of hosting superyachts, celebrities and Formula One legends, the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix drew to a close on Sunday.

In between practise laps, Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly were able to take a time out and show off their low-down on luxury yachts in Port Hercules marina.

The setting couldn't be better, as Monaco is a world-renowned magnet for motor yachts; particularly during the Grand Prix, when this pocket of the French Riviera becomes a playground for some of the most impressive megayachts on the international fleet.

Formula One drivers talk super yachts at the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix
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In a game aptly named ‘Superyacht or Not’, the pair were challenged with correctly guessing whether a selection of superyacht names were real or fake.

Among the yachts correctly identified, the pair recognised the 138m/454ft Lurssen superyacht ‘Rising Sun’ and the 156m/512ft megayacht DILBAR.  Verstappen was quick to point out that DILBAR is one of the World’s Largest Yachts, and she spends most of her time cruising in the Western Mediterranean. “It’s here quite a lot, and in Barcelona.” He says in the video.

Verstappen also recognised the 97m/317ft Feadship superyacht FAITH, and noted that the 90m/295ft Benetti superyacht LIONHEART was recently berthed in Port Hercules. “Spend much time in the harbour?” Jokes Gasly.

However, the F1 drivers lost a point when they failed to recognise Lurssen’s most recent launch, the 136m/446ft charter yacht ‘Flying Fox’. Stealing the crown for the largest superyacht available for luxury yacht charters, ‘Flying Fox’ is sure to be a name on everyone’s radar when she makes her debut charter season this year.

Gasly was quick to identify Oceanco’s 107m/350ft sailing yacht ‘Black Pearl’, a recent winner at the World Superyacht Awards 2019. Verstappen meanwhile, was able to correctly ascertain that the 99m/325ft charter yacht ‘Christina O’ is a real yacht. She is, in fact, the luxury yacht formerly owned by Jackie Onassis, and she is available for charter in the West Mediterranean this summer.

Among the fake names, Gasly and Verstappen weren’t fooled by Unsinkable II, Zombie Apocalypse and Champagne Papi. They scored a very respectable 17 out of a possible 24 points.

“We know our superyachts.” Said Verstappen. “We could always go into the superyacht business.”

If you’d like to learn more about chartering a yacht for this iconic motorsports event, you can read our complete guide to yacht charter at the Monaco Grand Prix.

You can also view and compare all luxury yachts for charter in the South of France.


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