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Most Successful Monaco GP Drivers

Saturday 26-April-2014 07:33

The uniqueness of the Monaco Grand Prix makes it hard for any driver to record multiple victories.

Those that have dominated the sport in recent years such as Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have recorded just two wins between them on this iconic circuit, so who are the men who have bettered those achievements and gone on to take the chequered flag on more than one occasion?

6. Jackie Stewart - Three wins
Scottish driver Stewart was one of the most successful competitors throughout the 1960's and 1970's and his career included three Monaco wins in 1966, 1971 and 1973, with the last two contributing to overall World Championship victories.

The Scot was once dubbed the King of Monaco after a documentary made by Roman Polanski portrayed the driver in the lead up to the 1971 event. In the film, Stewart gave his thoughts on how this course should be approached and his opinion may well serve as a successful blueprint for F1 racers in 2014.

5. Stirling Moss -Three wins
London born Stirling Moss won his first Monaco Grand Prix back in 1956 in the Maserati colours before following that up with consecutive victories in the Lotus in 1960 and 1961. In doing so, he became the first man to win the event two years running.

Along with a select group of men, Moss dominated F1through the 1950's and he is considered by many to be the best driver never to win a World Championship. 1961's victory came at the end of a long career and was also thought to be his greatest drive when he solved cooling problems by removing the car's front panels and dousing himself in water.

The race itself was a classic as Moss fought off the American pair of Richie Ginther and Phil Hill to come home by a narrow margin.

4. Alain Prost - Four wins
At Monaco in 1982, Prost lost out to Riccardo Patrese at in one of F1's most bizarre finishes but the Frenchman recovered to secure three straight victories between 1984 and 1986 together with a final win in 1988.

His dominance at Monaco helped to seal two of his four World Championships in 1985 and 1986 but he is better remembered for two losing drives on this historic track.

In 1982, a crash following a heavy downpour of rain precipitated a crazy end to the Grand Prix when two drivers ran out of fuel with the race seemingly won. Then, in 1989 with Prost aiming for a fifth win on the circuit, his battle with McLaren team-mate Ayrton Senna came to be regarded as one of the most thrilling duels in Formula One history.

3. Michael Schumacher - Five wins
In the modern era, the legendary Michael Schumacher has been the most impressive driver at Monaco and the first of the German's five victories came in 1994. He defended his trophy a year later before claiming three further wins in 1997, 1999 and 2001.

In 2012, there was, for a few moments at least, the prospect that Schumacher could return here and claim a historic and emotional sixth victory. The German's Mercedes was fastest in practise but received a grid penalty after a collision with Bruno Senna. A sixth placed starting position effectively ended hopes of a dramatic win.

2. Graham Hill - 5 wins
In the mid to late 1960's, English driver Graham Hill was virtually untouchable at Monaco with five victories throughout the decade. Hill's first triumph here came in 1963 in the BRM and that led to a run of three straight wins before a switch to Lotus brought two further victories in 1968 and 1969.

The atmosphere around the circuit dovetailed perfectly with Hill's perceived playboy image and in the Swinging Sixties, those five wins helped the driver land the nickname of Mr Monaco.

1. Ayrton Senna - 6 wins
Senna's incredible record of six Monaco victories may never be beaten and the brilliant Brazilian would have surely added to his tally but for his tragic death at the Italian GP of 1994.

Senna took his first trophy here in 1987 but from that stage he was unbeatable, taking the race for five straight years from 1989. With current drivers struggling to hold any dominance over this circuit, it's hard to see anyone matching this incredible achievement.

After the early rounds of the 2014 calendar, Lewis Hamilton is favourite with Betfair at 1.44 to take the Drivers' Championship with Sebastien Vettel further back at 15.5. The Monaco Grand Prix could be pivotal to the final outcome with both men looking to join a distinguished list of multiple winners.

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