Monaco 2012 is well and truly underway.  After yesterday’s free practice sessions, it really could be anyone taking pole position on Saturday and who knows who’ll be gracing the prestigious Monte Carlo podium – it’s entirely possible we’ll have a 6th different winner in yet another team tasting the champagne on Sunday – brilliant.

You can read about first practice here and also catch up with the rain effected second practice here and, being as it’s Monaco – here’s a special photo gallery of the cars taking to the streets on Thursday.

Glock’s Marussia flies through the narrow streets – no matter how many times you see it, the speed these gents go through the narrow, twisty streets is beyond belief…

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One of the most beautiful grand prix settings – it has to be, the sheer amount of history, along with the glamour and exclusivity, love it or hate it, Monaco really is F1 in a nutshell.

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Special helmets – we love the unusual, special helmets the drivers are running with for Monaco, our favourite has to be Kimi Raikkonen, who’s brought back the famous James Hunt helmet.

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And then here’s a stack more shots of on track action

Images via Octane Photos, Mercedes AMG, Lotus, McLaren, Red Bull, Force India, Marussia, Caterham, HRT – no reproduction without written permission.