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Singapore Grand Prix: Six of the Best: Attritional Races

Formula One's most attritional race saw one of its most surprising results, Ligier's Olivier Panis charging to victory around the soggy Monaco streets as all about him fell victim to mechanical gremlins, accidents and collisions.

Starting 14th, Panis was nobody's idea of a likely victor but, from the moment pole-sitter Michael Schumacher slithered into the barriers at Portier as one of five retirements on the opening lap, the race was destined to be a wild ride - even by Monaco standards.

As the track dried through the first half of the race, Damon Hill's Williams streaked away at the head of the field, with the Briton looking set to become the then first second generation Monaco victor.

However, his Renault engine unusually gave up the ghost midway through the race, handing the advantage to Jean Alesi - only for the Benetton to suffer a suspension failure 15 laps from home. With Alesi's retirement, Panis, who had climbed through the field due to a combination of blistering speed on a drying track, an aggressive bumping pass on Eddie Irvine into Loews and accidents and mishaps suffered by Jacques Villeneuve, Gerhard Berger and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, took a shock lead.

The Frenchman comfortably held off David Coulthard - racing in Michael Schumacher's helmet to add to the bizarre ambience - and Johnny Herbert to take the chequered flag, a maiden and only win for the Frenchman and a ninth and final victory for Ligier.

Remarkably, though, the podium trio were the only cars still running by race's end. Fourth place classified finisher Frentzen pitted for good on the penultmate tour, and fifth, sixth and seventh placed classified finishers, Irvine, Mika Salo and Mika Häkkinen, saw their races ended by a bizarre concertina traffic-jam accident five laps from the finish

Will Saunders
@formulawill


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Oli

September 18, 2013 7:06 PM

I reckon Monaco 1990 has got to be worth a mention. Of the 35 cars entered 29 would fail to see the chequred flag. As a percentage, that's good going! Five failed to pre-qualify and four more failed to qualify, giving 26 starters, of which one (Piquet) was disqualified mid-race and 18 went out (although Foitek was still classified 7th as he'd managed 72 of the 78 laps when he retired). Just six cars running at the end...

Piercarlogassolini

September 19, 2013 12:59 PM

The 1982 Monaco GP HAS to take the biscuit for sheer mayhem. I'm not even going to attempt to describe the carnage in the last three laps, check out professionally written reports elsewhere, but suffice to say the drivers were placed second and third didn't even finish! I have a distant friend who switched his TV off in disgust at Riccardo Patrese (seemingly) throwing away his golden chance for a debut F1 win, and not realising he'd won for over twelve months.....



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