Monaco is so iconic is because so many of the greatest names have successfully risen to the test. When you think of past Monaco races, you think of Ayrton Senna’s record of six wins, of his sublime qualifying performance in 1988 (even though that didn’t result in another victory), and of Michael Schumacher matching Graham Hill with five victories.
Alain Prost, Jackie Stewart, Juan Manuel Fangio, Niki Lauda, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel – they are all multiple world champions who were multiple winners on the street circuit.
The records of so many greats – both past and present – in Monaco just add to the prestige of winning the race.
But that doesn’t mean it cannot throw up surprises from time to time. Jim Clark was one of the greatest in the sport’s history but never won around Monaco, while 1996 saw Olivier Panis take a shock win in a Ligier as just four cars were still running at the chequered flag.
-By Chris Medland