Coming out onto start-finish straight with three laps to go, Werner was tucked up right behind Alesi. The German then appeared to make contact with the Ferrari from behind, nerfing him into the right-hand side wall and sending him crashing out of the race. It was unclear if Alesi had missed a gear or if the Lotus had simply gotten too close.
Once out of the car, Alesi went a bit ‘James Hunt at Monaco’ appearing to remonstrate to the German as he went past again. Werner would carry on with a broken front-wing to win.
However, the latter was disqualified for his role in the incident and relegated to third, the win handed therefore to the McLaren M26 of Michael Lyons.
Werner then angrily stormed out of the podium ceremony, whilst Lyons left his winner’s trophy on the bent front-wing of the Lotus 77 as an indication he felt the German was the rightful victor. Classic racing, classic drama.
It was a bad weekend for Ferrari 312Bs, as Rene Arnoux crashed another in practice, preventing his participation in the race.
Despite reduced grids and crowds, as a result of continuing Covid restrictions, the 12th running of the Historic Monaco Grand Prix still glittered with legendary cars on the sun-drenched streets of the Principality.
There was a French 1-2 the pre-war category, Patrick Blakeney-Edwards initially dominated in his 1935 Frazer-Nash, leading for half the race, until he slowed dramatically at the Loews hairpin, finally coming to a halt on the climb to the start/finish line.