Iconic Moments from the Monaco Grand Prix

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The F1 race at Monaco is one of the most iconic races on the calendar and one of the most prestigious. A demanding street circuit with many sharp turns and elevation changes. It has never been off the F1 calendar. Along with the Le Mans 24 hours and the Indy 500, its forms the Triple Crown in motorsports.

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Some of the greatest F1 drivers, made Monaco their favourite circuit, taking part in many battles with their arch rivals. No driver dominated this circuit, as much as Ayrton Senna who has a record 6 wins and 2 other podiums in 10 races here. It has been the site for certain upsets in  a race or witness to many important moments in F1.

A look at some of the most Iconic moments at Monaco.

1. 1996 Monaco Grand Prix

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The Sole win for Oliver Panis, and the last win by a Frenchman in F1.

Panis and Diniz qualified well down the order, as the Liger was misfiring all weekend. On Race day, during the warm up, Panis was the quickest. However, there was a shower prior to the race and an additional 15-minute window was added, to allow drivers to get used to the Wet conditions.

Olivier Panis celebrating his win. The 3 drivers on the podium were the only drivers to finish the race.
Olivier Panis celebrating his win. The 3 drivers on the podium were the only drivers to finish the race.

The start was chaotic. Andrea Montermini crashed during the warm-up lap and could not start the race. Lap one saw 5 cars, including pole sitter Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. However, Gerhard Berger who was running in 3rd, retired on lap 9 and Eddie Irvine was struggling the Ferrari.  Lap 31, which saw Martin Brundle retire, also saw Panis pass Eddie Irvine who had to restart his stricken Ferrari.

Damon Hill and Jean Alesi were in first and second.  After pitting for the dry weather tyres, Damon Hill’s race ended on Lap  40 when his engine blew out. Alesi then led for another 20 laps comfortably before a suspension failure caused the Frenchman’s retirement. Luca Badoer who was SIX laps down on the leaders , collided with Jacques Villeneuve to retire them both.

Eddie Irvine, who was running well behind the leaders, crashed coming out of the Lower Mirabeau. During the recovery, both Mika Salo and Mika Hakkinen crashed into them, leaving only 4 running cars. Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who was a lap down on the leaders, pulled into the pits on the penultimate, as it was pointless.

Panis would finish ahead of David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert, with Frentzen being classified as 4th.

One of the smallest packs to ever finish a race. It would be the last win for the Liger team in F1.

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