Monaco features prominently in this week in motor sport, and naturally so do Graham Hill and Ayrton Senna. Hill’s first victory in the Principality came this week in 1963, but only after Jim Clark’s jammed gearbox removed him from a comfortable lead.
Senna’s sixth win, in 1993, was equally fortuitous, as rivals Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher hit strife. Senna was utterly dominant three years earlier in 1990.
An overjoyed Ronnie Peterson won in 1974, while in 1971 Jackie Stewart led all the way. Riccardo Patrese won in 1982, despite starting the final lap in third place.
The popular and likeable Piers Courage should have celebrated his 74th birthday, while the great Alberto Ascari was killed testing at Monza in 1955. Johnny Servoz-Gavin, who famously started his second F1 race on the front row, died a decade ago. 15 years ago cult hero Vittorio Brambilla died. Guy Moll, one of only two Algeria-born Grand Prix drivers, was born in 1910.