Formula 1: Max Verstappen secures record-breaking win at Italian Grand Prix

The two Ferraris at the 2023 Italian Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen secured a record-breaking 10th consecutive victory at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, as Ferrari could only manage third and fourth on home soil. 

The Tifosi roared as Carlos Sainz narrowly took pole ahead of Verstappen and Charles Leclerc on Saturday, however, it was a different story on race day. Only 0.067 seconds separated the top three in qualifying, but the difference between the Red Bull and the Ferrari was more pronounced in race conditions, as expected.

Whilst Sainz managed to hold his first place from pole position, he soon came under pressure from Verstappen, who was dogged in his attempt to break the record for the longest series of Formula 1 victories.

Carlos Sainz celebrating his pole position with the Tifosi at Monza. Photo source: Scuderia Ferrari Press Office.

Sainz’s resistance was stern, but fair, and allowed him to fend off Verstappen for the first 15 laps, but once the resistance was broken, the result looked a foregone conclusion; the record looked like falling.

A slow pit stop from Ferrari afforded Verstappen a comfortable margin when the reigning world champion exited the pits one lap later, and once in the lead, Verstappen never cedes it. It quickly became evident that the Ferraris would quickly be fending off Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez.

A nail-biting battle between the Ferraris

The Mexican made the move on Leclerc on lap 32, and despite more strong resistance from Sainz, Perez finally made the move stick on lap 46 of 51. Leclerc looked to follow the Red Bull through and temporarily did so on lap 47.

However, Sainz retook third just one corner later. A nail-biting battle ensued until the end. Sainz pleaded over team radio for Leclerc not to contest the position, but those pleas fell on deaf ears. Ferrari did, nonetheless, tell Leclerc not to take any risk.

Leclerc then almost went into the back of Sainz on the final lap, but the Ferraris kept it clean, the latter taking third, whilst the Monégasque had to settle for fourth.

However, there was no challenging Red Bull’s supremacy once again, as they beat Ferrari on their home soil. Verstappen now holds the record for the most consecutive victories (10), and you wouldn’t bet against him extending that record in Singapore in a fortnight.


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Photo source: Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Football: Dominant AS Monaco take top spot in Ligue 1

AS Monaco celebrating victory against RC Lens

AS Monaco returned to the top of the Ligue 1 table thanks to a dominant victory over RC Lens (3-0) at the Stade Louis II on Saturday.

The fixture was touted as Monaco’s first real test, and they passed with flying colours. Last season, Les Monégasques lost both matches against Lens by a three-goal margin, but it was Monaco’s turn to return the favour.

Under Adi Hütter, Monaco look revitalised. So often ponderous in possession under Philippe Clement, Hütter has stated that he wants his side to play “fun” football, and they are certainly doing that. No Ligue 1 team comes close to Monaco’s 13 goals in four games.

Lens were sluggish from the offset. Monaco quickly found their rhythm and comfortably bypassed Les Sang et Or’s porous midfield throughout. The man-of-the-moment, Takumi Minamino saw an effort tipped over, but from the resulting corner, Wilfried Singo scored his first goal for the Principality club, heading home Caio Henrique’s cross.

Adi Hütter equals Claudio Ranieri’s record

Monaco would double their lead before the break. Minamino found himself with the time and space to pick out Aleksandr Golovin in the box, who finished first time past Brice Samba.

The half time break didn’t stem Monaco’s momentum. It was once again Henrique with the assist as Guillermo Maripán headed home the third and final goal of the encounter.

Folarin Balogun came on for his debut late in the second half, and almost got on the scoresheet, but he went to ground after rounding Samba, and instead of earning a penalty, he received a yellow card for simulation. Regardless, Monaco sauntered to victory to retake top spot in Ligue 1. Hütter meanwhile, is the first manager since Claudio Ranieri in 2013 to have earned 10 points in his first four Ligue 1 matches as Monaco manager.

“The idea is to have an aggressive style of football.”

Sporting Director Thiago Scuro reacted the Monaco’s offensive festival in the post-match mixed zone. “The idea is to have an aggressive style of football, to play forward, to play on the front [foot]. This kind of football clearly creates a lot of chances. It’s good that our players are using these opportunities to score,” he said.

However, despite Monaco’s strong start, and the relative struggles of the Principality club’s rivals, Scuro isn’t getting ahead of himself. “In football, what counts is the way that things finish, not the way they start. It’s very good to have a good beginning, but in the end we know the championship is decided in the last five or six games. We always have to be thinking about the next game,” he told Monaco Life. 

It will be hoped that the upcoming international break won’t break Monaco’s rhythm. The Principality club next face Lorient on 17th September, before welcoming rivals Nice and Marseille to the Stade Louis II later this month.


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Prestigious Vatel hospitality school to open in Cannes

vatel cannes

Vatel, the world’s leading business school group for the hospitality and tourism management sector, is to open a new school in the south of France.  

On Friday 1st September, longtime Cannes Mayor David Lisnard unveiled plans for the opening of a brand-new hospitality school and training centre in the west of Cannes. The future establishment will be part of the internationally renowned and award-winning Vatel Group network. 

Set to open in time for the 2026/27 academic year, the Vatel Academy will eventually welcome 1,000 students. Two Masters will be on offer – Events Management and Strategic Luxury Management – in addition to courses in the realms of cookery and hospitality. 

The school will cover 18,000m2 and be equipped with a top-of-the-range teaching kitchen and pastry facilities. There will also be a 50-room training hotel, a restaurant and food court, and various classroom settings as well as student accommodation of at least 319 rooms to allow for on-campus living for a portion of the intake. Around 100 permanent jobs, from teaching posts to maintenance roles, will be created.  


The last few years have seen considerable developments and investments made in the Cannes-La Bocca area of the city, including a €22 million rebrand and renovation of its seafront and a €78 million injection into the local town centre. 

Mayor Lisnard has spoken frequently of his desire to establish Cannes as a major “university city”; a project that is already well underway following the 2021 opening of the Georges Méliès University for the applied arts, animated images, special effects and video games sectors. 

“What pride [I feel] to welcome the prestigious Vatel hotel school, which has been training future hotel executives and managers for 40 years,” he said at a press conference for this latest Vatel development. “In less than two years, Cannes has established itself as a student city that counts in the landscape of French academia. The establishment of a Vatel Group school here also confirms the global influence of our city in the professions of events, tourism, and the hotel and catering industry.”  

The French Vatel Group began in Paris in 1981, but has grown to reach all four corners of the world. Today, the group operates 55 schools in 31 different countries and currently educates 9,000 students. Over the years, some 39,000 alumni have passed through the doors of Vatel’s various establishments.   


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Getting to know Monaco: The timeless and traditional Moneghetti


In the latest edition of the series, we take a closer look at Monaco’s smallest neighbourhood and a place known as “Little Monaco” in the Principality’s own dialect: Les Moneghetti. 

Moneghetti, or Les Moneghetti as it is sometime called, is a neighbourhood in the northcentral part of Monaco that finds itself at the mercy of the steep inclines that rise from the coast to the cliffs of La Turbie above, and encompasses the Ravine Sainte Dévote that slices through the rock.

It is a traditional neighbourhood – the smallest in the whole of Monaco, being just 11.5 hectares – and is where many native Monegasques choose to live. 


There will even be some locals in Monaco that do not realise Moneghetti serves as the gateway for the Principality for the many thousands who pass through the Gare de Monaco Monte-Carlo each day.  

This modern station was built here in the 1990s, with the official opening date on 7th December 1999. Before this, the train ran above ground and used up precious building space, which remains a top commodity in the Principality.  

The majority of trains coming through are the local TER services between Marseille and Ventimiglia in Italy, but there are a smattering of TGV trains from the Gare de Lyon in Paris as well as some from much further afield.  


Given that it is home to a place servicing one of the most popular forms of transport in and out of Monaco, Moneghetti offers touristors and visitors a central location that really gives you the sense of being close to everything.  

Moneghetti is nestled between Jardin Exotique, the Condamine and Monte-Carlo, as well as Beausoleil, which is in France, to the north. The district itself is fairly light on restaurants, shops and cultural destinations, but there are countless options within easy reach in other parts of Monaco.   

For charm mixed with convenience, this is a great bet for a stay.  

Moneghetti is found at the crossroads of three other larger neighbourhoods: La Condamine, Monte-Carlo and the Jardin Exotique. Photo by Monaco Life


The Catholic Sacred Heart or Sacré-Cœur church is the main religious site in Moneghetti as well as one of its best known landmarks. This parish church is located about 50 metres from Lamarck Square and was built in the early 20th century by Jesuit monks. The interior is magnificent with crystal chandeliers, marble pillars and gilt decorations.  

Though it has been a “working” church for decades, it wasn’t formally consecrated until 2015. The reason given for this oversight was that the 1929 stock market crash followed by the Depression and World War II trumped the comparatively inconsequential need to consecrate the church. Quite the delay! 

A new organ was installed in 2016, allowing for music to flow from the space, and is a real source joy to the parishioners.  

The church is also headquarters to the Association des Guides et Scouts de Monaco, which have been around in one form or another since 1918, and today are a co-ed operation with Princess Caroline as Honorary President.  

Check out our Instagram video of Les Moneghetti below…


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