Five Spectacular Monaco Grand Prix Crashes

Five Spectacular Monaco Grand Prix Crashes

Monaco Grand Prix crashes are like volcanic eruptions. Unpredictable, dramatic yet ultimately inevitable. Widely regarded as the most difficult circuit on the Formula One calendar, cars fly through the narrow streets of the Monaco Grand Prix, skimming walls and scraping kerbs. All the while the pressure builds. The drivers feel it. The teams feel it. And most importantly, the crowds can feel it too. Even with all the glitz and glamour available in our personalised Monaco Grand Prix packages, it’s the race’s unpredictability and potential to deliver the most exciting race of the calendar that makes Monaco so popular. Then, out of nowhere, all of this pressure erupts. Monaco Grand Prix crashes may not happen every year, but it feels like Formula One reserves its biggest crashes for the famous Mediterranean Circuit. In this article, we count down five of the most spectacular Monaco Grand Prix crashes that makes the event the truly unmissable spectacle it is today: Monaco Grand Prix Crashes: Alberto Ascari (1955) Perhaps one of the most infamous Monaco Grand Prix crashes saw two-time champion Alberto Ascari end up in the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Ocean. As Ascari led the 1955 race, he overshot the renowned ‘Chicane du Port’ (today renamed Nouvelle Chicane), before plowing through sandbags and hay bales into the water. The Italian quickly escaped his sinking vehicle, before being rescued by a nearby boat, suffering only a broken nose, shock and a few other minor bruises. Remarkably, Ascari’s mid-race swim is one of two Monaco Grand Prix crashes involving drivers ending in the harbour. Paul Hawkins repeated Ascari’s feat 10 years later...