Monaco Grand Prix


Analysis :
"To finish first, first you have to finish.....", Olivier Panis proved that point with a great drive through wet and dry, to take his first GP victory and Ligier's first win since 1981.
He was chased home by the McLaren of David Coulthard, who once more totally outshone teammate Mika Hakkinen. After the wet start caught out many drivers, including suprisingly Micheal Schumacher and Rubens Barricello, it looked as though Damon Hill had things well in hand until his Renault let go coming through the tunnel.
It was then Jean Alesi's turn to lead, until his Benetton suffered suspension failure. Eddie Irvine did his best impression of a demolition derby, taking out or impeding Panis, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Hakkinen and Mika Salo, while Jacques Villeneuve's race was ended by Luca Badoer who just didn't see him coming.
The only other cars running at the end were (for once) the Saubers of Frentzen and Johnny Herbert, picking up valuable points for the Swiss team.

A crazy race indeed, just a hiccup in the Williams charge to the Championship? or the sign of a change in the F1 tide? That remains to be seen, but it is always good to see a fresh face at the top of the podium - well done Olivier!


Qualifying :
Cloudy, dry
PosDriverNat.TeamTime m:ss.sss
1Michael Schumacher GERFerrari1:20.356
2Damon HillGBRWilliams-Renault1:20.866
3Jean AlesiFRABenetton-Renault1:20.918
4Gerhard BergerAUTBenetton-Renault1:21.067
5David CoulthardGBRMcLaren-Mercedes1:21.460
6Rubens BarrichelloBRAJordan-Peugeot1:21.504
7Eddie IrvineIRLFerrari1:21.542
8Mika HakkinenFINMcLaren-Mercedes1:21.688
9H-H FrentzenGER Sauber-Ford1:21.929
10Jacques Villeneuve CANWilliams-Renault1:21.963
11Mika SaloFINTyrrell-Yamaha1:22.235
12Jos VerstappenNEDTWR Arrows-Hart1:22.327
13Johnny HerbertGBRSauber-Ford1:22.346
14Olivier PanisFRALigier-Mugen1:22.358
15Ukyo KatayamaJAPTyrrell-Yamaha1:22.460
16Martin BrundleGBRJordan-Puegeot1:22.519
17Pedro DinizBRALigier-Mugen1:22.682
18Giancarlo FisichellaITAMinardi-Ford1:22.684
19Pedro LamyPORMinardi-Ford1:23.350
20Ricardo RossetBRATWR Arrows-Hart1:24.976
21Luca BadoerITA Forti-Ford1:25.059
22Andrea MonterminiITA Forti-Ford1:25.393

107 % rule : 1:25.980
All cars qualified


Race : 75 laps (2 hour time limit)
Damp & cloudy, drying then more rain
PosDriverNat.CarTime h:mm:ss.sss
1Olivier PanisFRALigier-Mugen2:00:45.629
2David CoulthardGBRMcLaren-Mercedes2:00:50.457
3Johnny HerbertGBRSauber-Ford2:01:23.132
4H-H FrentzenGER Sauber-Ford1 lap down
5Mika SaloFINTyrrell-Yamaha70 laps - collision
6Mika HakkinenFINMcLaren-Mercedes70 laps - collision
7Eddie IrvineIRLFerrari68 laps - collision
8Jacques VilleneuveCANWilliams-Renault67 laps - collision
9Luca BadoerITAForti-Ford61 laps - collision
10Jean AlesiFRABenetton-Renault61 laps- suspension
11Damon HillGBRWilliams-Renault41 laps -engine
12Martin BrundleGBRJordan-Puegeot31 laps - crash
13Gerhard BergerAUTBenetton-Renault10 laps - gearbox
14Pedro DinizBRALigier-Mugen6 laps - crash
15Ricardo Rosset BRATWR Arrows-Hart4 laps - crash
16Ukyo KatayamaJAPTyrrell-Yamaha3 laps - crash
17Giancarlo FisichellaITAMinardi-Ford1 lap - crash
18Pedro LamyPORMinardi-Ford1 lap - crash
19Jos VerstappenNEDTWR Arrows-Hart1 lap - crash
20Rubens BarrichelloBRAJordan-Peugeot1 lap - crash
21Michael Schumacher GERFerrari1 lap - crash
DNSAndrea MonterminiITAForti-Fordcrash in warmup


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