"An incredible experience. I didn't think it was possible to feel like this in a car...." That was Vadim Vasily's verdict as he climbed out of the Porsche 997 GT3 driven by François Delecour, Vice-World Champion in 1993.
The Monte Carlo Rallybegan on Thursday evening in the Principality. The well-known faces in attendance at the opening presentation, who included AS Monaco's Vice-President, had the honour of riding with the champions.
"Good luck AS Monaco"
Renaud Lavillenie, François Cluzet, Idris Elba, David Coulthard and Jan Koller took part in a veritable road show in the streets of the Principality, alongside the likes of Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier.
"It's an honour for me to meet Vadim Vasilyev. I'm a seasoned football fan and often go to Monaco. I hope the club goes as far as it can in the Champions League, trying to qualify against Arsenal." Warm words from François Delecour!