Formula 1: Top 5 greatest races, Monaco Grand Prix

View of part of the Monaco street circuit
View of part of the Monaco street circuit
Modified 15 May 2018
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The Crown Jewel of F1 has had many great races over the years, so let's take a look at them!

The most iconic, and in many ways the most culturally significant race on the Formula One calendar, the Monaco Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo street circuit has played host to many amazing races. However, it has also had its fair share of naysayers as it can sometimes be prone to host more mundane races.

That being said, every driver would love to win this race at some point in their career. It is part of the triple crown of Motorsport along with Le Mans & the Indy 500, and with its historic significance alone, Monaco should always be a race to talk about.

Maybe Monaco isn't always the most exciting, but Monte Carlo has certainly had a fair share of intense races. As always, it will be hard to narrow down the 68-year history of the Monaco GP to just five races, but that won't stop us from trying.

#1 - 2008 - Winner: Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton, Kubica & Massa on the podium at the 2008 Monaco GP
Hamilton, Kubica & Massa on the podium at the 2008 Monaco GP

This was a race that was absolutely crazy from start to finish, partly due to the fact that the race was wet until about halfway through. With Felipe Massa starting on pole, and Kimi Raikkonen & Lewis Hamilton close behind him in 2nd and 3rd, the Brazilian started off the race by creating a large lead over his rivals.

However, it wasn't meant to be as David Coulthard & Sebastien Bourdais both crashed, bringing out a safety car that negated his lead. After this, Massa & Kubica exchanged the lead multiple times. However, seemingly out of nowhere, Hamilton made a charge to the front, carrying more fuel than the other two, and switching to dry tires just as the track began to dry up.

The race also saw some amazing scenes, including Sebastian Vettel taking a Toro Rosso to P5 from 18th on the grid, just another sign that the German would go on to do great things.

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Published 15 May 2018, 09:12 IST
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