The streak comes to an end. Michael Schumacher had won the opening five rounds of the 2004 Formula One season, only to crash out under the Safety Car in the tunnel when he was hit by the lapped car of Juan Pablo Montoya while leading the Monaco GP. Jarno Trulli inherited the lead for his only career F1 win.
12. 1979 Monaco GP
The finish to the 1992 Monaco GP has been highly documented (and is further down this list), in which Ayrton Senna held off the Williams of Nigel Mansell for the win in the closing laps. The 1979 Monaco GP was very similar with Jody Scheckter in the Ferrari just hanging on to win ahead of the Williams of Clay Regazzoni. At the line, the two were 0.440 seconds apart.
11. 2008 Monaco GP
Wet-to-dry races are brilliant, as inevitably at some point during the race you find out who is the best driver and who plays the best strategy card as all the drivers switch from wet to dry tires on a damp-but-drying circuit to try and set faster times. In 2008, it was Lewis Hamilton who did this best and he became the first Brit to win the Monaco GP since Graham Hill in 1969. However, a few tears were shed when Adrian Sutil’s brilliant run in fourth place in the under-performing Force India came to an end when the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen got into the back of him.
10. 1988 Monaco GP
Ayrton Senna had it all going for him at the 1988 Monaco GP. He had taken pole by over 1.4 seconds over his teammate Alain Prost and was dominating the race up front after 65 of 78 laps. Then, he made a mistake and put it in the wall, giving Alain Prost the lead and the win.
9. 1985 Monaco GP
Again Alain Prost had found himself in the right place at the right time during the Monaco GP en route to a win at Monaco. On Lap 16, Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese collided on the run down into the first turn, leaving debris and oil everywhere. Multiple cars - including race leader Michele Alboreto - slid on the oil and lost positions, allowing Prost to go by and take the win.
8. 1970 Monaco GP
Yet again we find ourselves in a race at Monaco where the leaders running 1-2 are nose-to-tail as the final lap starts. This time, it was Jack Brabham ahead of Jochen Rindt. However, this time it was the driver in second - Rindt - who took the victory as Brabham crashed into the wall in the final turn.
7. 1981 Monaco GP
When a race is delayed because the hotel above the tunnel caught fire and there’s water running onto the racetrack from where the fire had been put out, you know it’s going to be a wild one. Such was the case at the 1981 Monaco GP, in which Nelson Piquet was leading until he crashed out with just a little over 20 laps to go. Alan Jones then took the lead but had to pit with a fuel problem with less than 10 laps to go, allowing Gilles Villeneuve to take his first win since 1979.
6. 1955 Monaco GP
After five years away from the circuit, F1 returned to Monaco in 1955. Juan Manuel Fangio was leading the race at the halfway point but retired with a mechanical failure. His teammate Stirling Moss then inherited the lead but his engine blew. The win was then Alberto Ascari’s for the taking - but he crashed into the harbor and had to swim to safety, allowing Maurice Trintignant to go on by for his first F1 victory. Sadly, Ascari would die just four days later in a crash at Monza. Paul Hawkins would also crash into the harbor in 1965.
5. 1950 Monaco GP
The first F1 race at Monaco was the second ever F1 race, held just one week after the inaugural race at Silverstone. On Lap 1, the first ever Formula One pile-up took place when a wave crashed over the harbor and Giuseppe Farina spun on the circuit, triggering an incident that would take out nine cars. Juan-Manuel Fangio went on to take his first F1 win.
4. 1992 Monaco GP
Nigel Mansell had won the opening five rounds of the 1992 season, and looked set to make it six-for-six with less than 10 laps to go in the Monaco GP. However, Mansell felt that something was wrong with one of his wheels in the closing laps of the race, and he was forced to pit. Mansell came out of the pits on fresh tires right behind the McLaren of Ayrton Senna, and spent the last few laps trying to find a way by. However, Senna drove brilliantly and was able to hold him off by just 0.215 seconds for the win.
3. 1982 Monaco GP
Nobody wanted to win the 1982 Monaco GP. Rene Arnoux started on pole but spun out on Lap 15. On Lap 74, it started to rain and new race leader Alain Prost also spun out. Not to be outdone, Ricardo Patrese - the new race leader - spun and stalled on Lap 75, but he got going again. Didier Pironi in the Ferrari was now leading, but he ran out of fuel on the final lap. Andrea de Cesaris and Derek Daly - who were also in a position to win - also found themselves coasting to a halt in the closing stages. As a result, Patrese - the driver who spun, stalled and restarted - took the win.
2. 1996 Monaco GP
Track position is worth everything at Monaco. If you don’t start first or second, you’re probably not going to win. Unless you’re Oliver Panis, who won the 1996 Monaco GP from 14th on the grid. The race started in the wet and 16 cars were left running by the end of first lap, with drivers such as Michael Schumacher crashing in the early stages. By Lap 10, 12 cars were left. Damon Hill was leading but his engine blew up and so Jean Alesi took the lead but retired with a suspension failure. This gave Oliver Panis the top spot and he crossed the line first ahead of David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert... the only three drivers who saw the checkered flag.
1. 1984 Monaco GP
As is the case with many of the classic Monaco GPs, the 1984 running of the event was heavily impacted by rain. Nevertheless, it went ahead, with Nigel Mansell passing pole-sitter Alain Prost for the lead on Lap 11 as he looked for his first F1 win. It wasn’t to be, however, as the Lotus driver lost control and hit the wall. Prost retook the lead but was being caught by Ayrton Senna in the Toleman - who had started 13th - and Stefan Bellof in the Tyrrell - who had started 20th. Prost waved at the officials signaling them to stop the race due to the conditions and, on Lap 32, they obliged, just before Senna could pass Prost for the win. The finish was controversial but Senna had proven that he would be a name to be reckoned with in the years to come.