Classic Race: 1996 Monaco Grand Prix

In today’s blog we will be reviewing the classic wet 1996 Monaco Grand Prix from the glorious streets of Monte Carlo.

The race began in wet conditions as when the cars headed down to turn 1 it was the Williams Renault driver Damon Hill took the lead in Monaco ahead of his great rival Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher who would crash out of the race just a handful of corners later.

And by the time we got 10 laps into the Monaco Grand Prix we already had quite a lot of retirements including Jordan Peugeot driver Rubens Barrichello and Benetton Renault driver Gerhard Berger which was soon proving that this race was a game of survival against the damp conditions that had soaked the city streets of Monte Carlo.

But soon enough it became dry enough for slick tyres which everyone still racing changed onto very quickly with Ligier Mugen-Honda Olivier Panis being the biggest winner with the change to dry tyres as he soon caught Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine and overtook him into the Loew’s Hairpin to put himself into 3rd place.

And the pathway for a shock win cleared for Panis as Williams Renault driver Damon Hill and Benetton Renault driver Jean Alesi both retired with mechanical problems allowing Panis to assume the lead in Monaco but he still had work to do as Mclaren Mercedes driver David Coulthard was hunting him down for the victory.

And the Monaco Grand Prix would end with a bang as Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine, Tyrrell Yamaha driver Mika Salo And Mclaren Mercedes driver Mika Hakkinen would all end each others race with a big crash meaning that just 3 cars would finish the Monaco Grand Prix As Ligier Mugen-Honda driver Olivier Panis took the race win.

The 1996 race in Monaco will always be remembered as not only a classic but also the most shocking victory in the history of Formula 1

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by Chazza

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