Hamilton is the new king of Monaco

PUBLISHED: 17:46 25 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:57 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton driving on the famous Monte Carlo circuit Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton driving on the famous Monte Carlo circuit Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

HERTS motor racing hero Lewis Hamilton today joined an illustrious list of drivers who have won around the Monte Carlo street circuit. Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda, Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Juan Manuel Fa

Lewis Hamilton behind the wheel

HERTS motor racing hero Lewis Hamilton today joined an illustrious list of drivers who have won around the Monte Carlo street circuit.

Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda, Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill and Juan Manuel Fangio are among the previous winners of the famous Monaco race, very much the jewel in the F1 crown.

Now Hamilton's name is etched alongside those greats in the history books of the Principality.

In fact, Hamilton has a superb record in Monte Carlo having also won there in his F3 and GP2 days.

The streets of Monte Carlo

He was also runner-up last year to then McLaren colleague Fernando Alonso on his Monaco Grand Prix debut.

That remains his only defeat around the circuit.

Hamilton described his victory today afterwards "as the highlight" of his career.

And it further extends McLaren's astonishing record in the event.

The British team has taken the Monaco Grand Prix laurels more times than any other Formula 1 marque.

Today's victory was McLaren's 15th around the glamorous Mediterranean resort and the first by a British driver in the Principality for six years.

The 23-year-old from Tewin has also emulated boyhood hero Senna in winning around Monaco's famous tight and twisty track.

The legendary Brazilian got his hands on the trophy five times for McLaren from 1989 to 1993, having already won there before for Lotus.

Like Senna, Hamilton wears a distinctive yellow helmet, although the Brazilian never got to wear one encrusted with hundreds of Steinmetz's handcrafted diamonds like the Herts driver did today.

Prost started McLaren's domination of the Monaco race with the first of his four victories on the rain-soaked streets of Monte Carlo back in 1984.

The Frenchman won against in 1985, 1986 and 1988, a run of victories only punctuated by Senna's victory for Lotus.

Senna reigned supreme in Monaco from 1989 and 1993 - his final victory for McLaren making it six in total.

It was cool Finn Mika Hakkinen's turn in 1998.

Scot David Coulthard claimed the trophy in 2000 and again two years later.

Raikkonen, now driving for Ferrari, won the race for McLaren in 2005 and Alonso took the spoils last year.

Now Hamilton, who started his racing career in karts at the Rye House track in Hoddesdon, is the king of Monaco.


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