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Trackside Monaco Historique: Saturday Qualifying

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Qualifying for the 14th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique took place under bright Cote D’Azure skies, as Formula 1’s most iconic cars (and many of them too!) being put through their paces around the streets of Monte Carlo.

The sights, sounds and smells are a Back to the Future moment for anyone trackside experiencing it. Qualifying? Sure there were some hot laps, but these cars will never be unleashed in anger as their original drivers did. Many of the cars driven by the greatest legends of F1. Free Practice was on Friday,

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Bitter sweet deal. Emerson Fittipaldi left championship winning McLaren at the end of the 1975 season to join his brother at Copersucar-sponsored team. They had a sweet financial deal with Brazilian sugar co-operative. But results – or rather lack of – left a bitter taste in Emmo’s mouth. The car was designed by Brazilian engineer Richard Divila who had known the Fittipaldi brothers for many years.

Emmo would later call leaving McLaren “the worst mistake of my life.” His replacement at McLaren, James Hunt won the championship in 1976.

Prancing Pony. Ferrari ace and Le Mans legend Jacky Ickx signing a baby Ferrari. The Belgian driver was once quoted as saying, “confusion at Ferrari is permanent.”

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Ickx took his first Grand Prix win in the rain at Rouen in 1968. This was the race in which Jo Schlesser was killed in a fiery accident in his Honda.

Ickx won the Le Mans 24 Hour race six times. He also took a Mercedes to victory in the 1983 Paris to Dakar Rally.

Sleep well tonight. Sponsorship in Formula 1 comes in all shapes and sizes. From Samsonite luggage to Nigerian t-minus scam. Some have caught the attention of even the most casual F1 followers. Penthouse Rizla and Durex do stand out. No pun intended.

Howling success. Canadian oil man Walter Wolf was a partner with Frank Williams. He then launched his own team with a car designed by Dr Harvey Postlethwaite. Their South African driver Jody Scheckter gave them a winning debut in the 1977 Argentine Grand Prix.

Schecker auctioned off the Ferrari from his championship winning 1979 season at this year’s Monaco Historique. And it was none other than Mr Wayne Taylor in the cockpit this weekend.

The winning fashion and passion. Ayrton Senna made a big splash in the rain at Monaco in 1984. Driving a Toleman-Hart turbo he started 13th on the grid in what was his fifth Grand Prix. He had reached the second spot and was rapidly closing on leader Alain Prost when the race was red flagged.

As per regulations only half points were awarded. This gave him race victory but cost him the championship by half-a-point to his McLaren teammate, the wily fox Niki Lauda.

Did somebody say Karma?

While it was Qualifying it haardly matters who starts where with these F1 works of art on the streets of Monaco is enough to thrill and provide us with a proper blast from the past. For results please refer to the ACM LiveTiming and Results site here>>>

Paul Velasco (Photos) and Nasir Hameed (Reports) are trackside at the 2024 Monaco Histroic Grand Prix.

Qualifying for the 14th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique took place under bright Cote D'Azure skies

Qualifying for the 14th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique took place under bright Cote D'Azure skies