Video: Monaco GP history 1974-2008

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Williams-BMW, Monte-Carlo, 2005, 470150

Guest writer Journeyer concludes his two-part guide to the Monaco Grand Prix.

If you thought part one yesterday was great, then you’ll love part two!

This covers some of the more recent Monaco magical moments from the 1980s up to 2007:

1981: This was a key win in Gilles Villeneuve’s career. It was his first win in car number 27, and Ferrari’s first turbo win. It was also a win against the odds, after Nelson Piquet (Brabham) was forced into a mistake by Alan Jones (Williams), who then began to slow due to a cutting engine.

1982: Rene Arnoux (Renault), Alain Prost (Renault), Didier Pironi (Ferrari), Andrea de Cesaris (Alfa Romeo),Derek Daly (Williams) – all of them led the race at some point, and all of them went out while they were leading. It was left to Riccardo Patrese (Brabham) – who also spun off while in the lead – to tiptoe through to his first Grand Prix win.

Oh, and I just love the narrator of this year’s season review (Clive James). If only he still did them now…

1984: If 1982 saw a shower, in 1984 there was a monsoon. Conditions were so bad that Murray Walker and James Hunt kept losing both their audio and video feeds.

Prost, now with McLaren, dominated the race, especially after Nigel Mansell spun off in the Lotus, but he wanted the race stopped at around the same time a young Ayrton Senna began to close in his Toleman. Jacky Ickx saw Prost waving his hands and duly decided to stop the race – controversially, without consulting the other stewards before the decision.

Prost hung on to win on a day title rival Niki Lauda did not score, Prost only scored 4.5 points for a win at half-distance instead of 6 for a full-distance second place. At the end of the year the French driver lost the title by half a point…

1988: Many of you probably know the story: Senna way ahead all weekend, duly dominating the race. Then Ron Dennis asked him to slow down so he didn’t make a mistake. Senna slowed down – then made a mistake at Portier, handing the win to Prost on a plate. Senna jumped out of the car and runs to his condo where he hid for the rest of the day.

However, there have been recent theories that there could have been a deflating tyre involved, which meant that Senna did not have full control of his car when he went into the wall at Portier. Whatever it was, this was one of the most shocking moments in Monaco history.

1992: Four years on, and it was Mansell (now with Williams) who was way ahead all weekend, duly dominating the race. Then out of nowhere, he ducked into the pits, suspecting a deflating tyre. He came out behind Senna, duly starting one of the greatest battles in Monaco history.

1996: It was like 1982 all over again. Just as in 1982, it was rainy. Just as in 1982, the person who occupied the lead seemed to be cursed, as Schumacher (Ferrari), Damon Hill (Williams), and Jean Alesi (Benetton) all held P1 at some point, only to go out of the race soon after. And just like 1982, someone tiptoed to his first F1 win – in this case, Olivier Panis (Ligier).

Oh, and do take note of David Coulthard’s helmet when you see it in this clip. You’ll notice something… different.

1997: Yet another rainy race. But Michael Schumacher did not make the same mistake twice, dominating this race from start to finish to give Ferrari their first win since Gilles in 1981. Rubens Barrichello also gave Stewart their first ever podium here by holding off Eddie Irvine for 2nd place.

The clip below is actually Part 1 of the full race, you can just check the related videos for the other parts.

2001: David Coulthard (McLaren) has usually run well at Monaco, and this year was no exception – at least on the Saturday. He took a brilliant pole, only for it to be wasted when his electronics gave up on him, stalling the car. Those who watched the race will never forget his battle with… Enrique Bernoldi’s Arrows. Not quite a front-runner, but still, lots of fun to watch.

Michael Schumacher won the race though, effectively ending any further opposition to his 2001 title.

2006: There was one corner that was the talk of the town that year: Rascasse.

As we all know, Schumacher stopped on track at this corner after making a mistake. Fernando Alonso (Renault) was furious to see his last chance at pole ruined. Was it on purpose or not? Take a look at the video below and be the judge.

As for the race, Schumacher’s pole was dropped, leaving him at the back of the grid, just like Coulthard five years back. And just like Coulthard, he managed to fight back to fifth. And as for Alonso, the road was clear for him to take his first Monaco win.

2007: One year on, and Alonso and the now retired Schumacher seemed to be good pals (as you’ll see at the start of this video). Alonso (now with McLaren) now focused his attention on teammate Lewis Hamilton, who challenged him for much of the race. Although Alonso won, word leaked that Hamilton was brought it early so that he wouldn’t challenge Alonso (which could have resulted in a collision taking both of them out). Hamilton fanned the flames saying that he was being treated as a number two driver. Thus began the war between Alonso and the rest of McLaren.

You may also be amused by Raikkonen’s qualifying mistake at Piscine and his subsequent stop at a corner which seems to be reserved for Ferrari. His stop also nearly caught Massa out, meaning they were nicely parked beside each other.

And finally, we reach 2008. The stage is set for the most glamorous race of the season. Of the current grid, only Alonso and Coulthard have won this race more than once. Who will rise to the occasion and win here at Monaco?

Read part one: Monaco GP history 1929-73

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