Here’s two more Monaco Grand Prix anniversary wins this date: Mika Hakkinen won for McLaren in 1998, and Jenson Button for Brawn in 2009.
Both were routs in their championship-winning seasons. Hakkinen’s 1998 win was relatively uneventful, and marked McLaren’s first win at Monaco since Ayrton Senna’s in 1993. A heavy attrition rate promoted Giancarlo Fisichella’s Benetton to the podium in second, and both Arrows cars (Mika Salo in fourth, and Pedro Diniz in sixth) to the points.
In 2009, Button’s win for Brawn, ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello, was his fifth in six races to open the season. The only real drama for Button occurred when he parked his car in parc ferme rather than the front straight, so he had to run to the podium ceremonies after the fact!
Button’s pole-winning lap is below.
Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.