The Monaco Grand Prix returns to our screens this weekend and it is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious, historic and glamorous events on not just Formula 1’s calendar, but the sport as a whole.
The streets of the principality are famed for the tight, bumpy and undulating characteristics that make Grand Prix cars dance around them in a way that is utterly unique. The race is sometimes called a precession because it is extremely hard to overtake, but if you look at the history of the event, it is rarely so simple.
So, with that in mind, here are the most thrilling Monaco Grands Prix ever.
#5 - Hamilton’s Recovery
It was a Ferrari front-row lockout for the 2008 race, which started in rainy conditions. Lewis Hamilton - a man who always excels on a wet track - passed Kimi Raikkonen at the start to move into second place while Felipe Massa maintained his pole position. Hamilton though was caught out by the tricky conditions on Lap 6 of 76, sliding wide at Tabac and getting a puncture for a good measure. He crawled back to the pits and re-emerged in fifth.
Massa continued to lead but the Safety Car (brought out for David Coulthard and Sebastian Bourdais' crash) eliminated the Brazilian's advantage over the rest of the field. Raikkonen was handed a drive-through penalty for not having his tyres fitted before the three-minute warning before the start of the race. Both Massa and Robert Kubica both made their pit-stops which meant the Hamilton was now into the lead by Lap 33.
Lewis still had to pit - unlike his rivals - but his pace was electrifying, pulling out a gap of 37 seconds over Massa. The track eventually dried out and Hamilton maintained his lead throughout his second stop to complete an amazing comeback to achieve his first win at Monaco.