The Monaco Grand Prix has run since 1929, and is one of the most anticipated races on the Formula One calendar. Known for its tight turns and unyielding crash barriers, the street race is held in the same regard as other high-profile races like the Indianapolis 500 (held on the same day this year) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As the 2014 Formula One field moves to the glamorous city this weekend, we take a look back at ten of the most momentous incidents and achievements from past Monaco Grands Prix.
1955 - Driving a Lancia D50, former world champion Alberto Ascari misjudges his braking and somersaults into the harbour. Escaping with a broken nose, he swims to a nearby yacht.
1961 - Stirling Moss, in an uncompetitive customer Lotus 18, holds off the massively faster, state-of-the-art 'sharknose' Ferraris, to score the finest GP win of his career.
1969 - Graham Hill is past his best and in an uncompetitive car, but he is ‘Mr Monaco’, and after Jackie Stewart’s Matra retires, he grabs the lead and takes a fifth Monaco win.
1970 - Leader Jack Brabham is harried by Jochen Rindt. Approaching the final corner on the last lap, Brabham moves off line to pass a backmarker, slides wide and hands Rindt the win.
1982 - In the last three laps, four leaders hit trouble: Alain Prost crashes, Riccardo Patrese spins, Didier Pironi runs out of fuel, Derek Daly’s gearbox seizes. Patrese rejoins and takes victory.
1984 - Ayrton Senna crosses the line first in torrential rain but doesn’t win. After frantic waving from Alain Prost, the race has been stopped by the stewards on that lap. Prost, leader on the lap before, wins.
1988- In what is regarded as a perfect lap, Ayrton Senna storms to pole, 1.4sec quicker than his closest challenger, Alain Prost. In the race, he throws away victory by clouting the barriers.
1996 - As drivers slip and slither around the damp streets, Ligier’s Olivier Panis steadily picks his way through the accidents and breakdowns to claim his only grand prix victory.
2008 - Lewis Hamilton’s GP looks all but over when, on lap five, he clouts the barrier and punctures a tyre. But he mounts a relentless charge and sweeps through the field to win.
2012 - Michael Schumacher has already won the Monaco GP five times, but arguably his finest performance comes when, aged 43, he puts an uncompetitive Mercedes on pole.
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