Two historic Monaco Grands Prix occurred on May 23. In 1993, Ayrton Senna took his record sixth and last Monaco victory, while in 2004, Jarno Trulli ended Michael Schumacher’s quest for a perfect season.
Senna scored his record sixth Monaco win, and fifth consecutive, this day 20 years ago. Senna’s 1993 McLaren was down on power with a customer Ford engine compared to the works engines provided to Benetton, and the all-conquering Williams-Renault that Alain Prost took to the championship.
But, as is often the case in Monaco, horsepower was not the determining factor. Despite only qualifying third, Senna capitalized on Prost’s jump start and a hydraulic issue for Schumacher’s Benetton to take the win. Damon Hill and Jean Alesi completed the podium.
In 2004, Italian Trulli scored his first and only Grand Prix victory from pole for Renault.
Trulli was peerless on the day, avoiding the pitfalls that plagued his rivals. Contact between Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya took Schumacher out of the running, and ruined his chances at a perfect season – the Ferrari driver had won the first five races.
Trulli led Jenson Button, who at the time was equally winless, with Schumacher’s teammate Rubens Barrichello completing the podium.