Hamilton scores most memorable win at Monaco Grand Prix
What makes winning at Monaco so special? After guiding McLaren into Victory Lane Sunday at the famed street course, Lewis Hamilton knows why.
Updated: May 28, 2008, 4:52 PM ETBy Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com
AP Photo/Christian LutzNew F1 points leaders Lewis Hamilton made his point by winning the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Just how prestigious is a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix?After he won the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix, Juan Pablo Montoya rated it similar to winning the 2000 Indianapolis 500."Winning in Monaco is a bit like when I was in America and I went to Indy," he said in 2003. "It is like the most special race you can win. And being the only street course in the championship, it is very special. It is a great atmosphere, it is a bit different to every other race, and to come here and win is fantastic."
Monaco is the jewel in F1's crown.People who know little of auto racing, never mind F1 specifically, know about the famous Monaco Grand Prix.Like the Indianapolis 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Monaco Grand Prix is a "stand-alone" event.All three tracks have histories dating to the early days of racing. Indianapolis opened in 1909. Le Mans staged its first 24-hour race in 1923, and Monaco held the first Grand Prix in 1929.These three races unofficially comprise the triple crown of racing worldwide. Graham Hill is the only driver to have won all three.The first Monaco Grand Prix was won by an Anglo-French driver listed by the pseudonym "Williams" on the entry list and driving a Bugatti. William Grover, his real name, later worked as a secret agent for the Allies behind enemy lines in World War II. He was captured and executed by the Nazis.Another British driver won the Monaco Grand Prix 79 years later, as Lewis Hamilton steered his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes through treacherously slippery conditions to victory on Sunday.
This is the best win ever, for sure. It was the most fun I have had in a race. Ever.
-- Lewis Hamilton
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