“Monaco is a classic race, unique in that the track surface and the demands from the car are completely different from anywhere else”
Monte Carlo is one of the few tracks that demand the experience of race engineers and the intelligence of the drivers. The boats and yachts dock weeks before the Formula 1 weekend for what is called the Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco GP is the epitome of motorsport, rivaled only by Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.
Ayrton Senna remains the undisputed champion of the Monaco Grand Prix, winning a record six times. Let us look at the 5 best races that Monte Carlo has ever witnessed.
1996 Monaco Grand Prix
The 1996 Monaco GP was an eventful one. It was a wet weather race, one Olivier Panis won for the last time for his team Mugen Motorsport. As of today, this is the most recent race won by a French driver and the race to witness the fewest number of cars (3) at the chequered flag.
The race started with 21 cars, as Andrea Montermini’s Forti-Ford could not be repaired after a warm up crash. Michael Schumacher crashed into Ste Devote as a series of collisions already started at the back of the grid, so only 18 cars completed the first lap.
The wet weather seriously affected the race, and only 11 cars remained on the track by lap 11, which was further reduced to four cars with Hill and Badoer retiring and an unfortunate collision between Irvine, Mika Salo and Hakkinen.
All the three cars including Olivier Panis, David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert finished the race except Frentzen who pulled to the pits on the penultimate lap.
David Coulthard wore a little bit of Michael Schumacher’s luck that day as he borrowed the legend’s helmet just before the race.