F1 Flashback: Graham Hill wins at Monaco for the fifth time

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On this day in 1969, two-time Formula 1 world champion Graham Hill won the Monaco Grand Prix for the fifth time, setting a record that would not be broken until Ayrton Senna’s sixth triumph there in 1993.

Hill’s place in Formula 1 folklore was largely secured around the tight and twisty streets of the Mediterranean principality. In fact, his nickname was “Mr. Monaco” because of how successful he was there.

The Briton made his debut in 1958, and enjoyed a 17-year career in Formula 1 – unheard of at the time due to the extraordinary risks and, compared to modern standards, poor safety. In fact, in 1955, Alberto Ascari actually crashed into the harbor at Monaco. Thankfully, he was rescued from the water and escaped with just a broken nose.

In 1962, Hill won his first world title, and clinched his first victory at Monaco in 1963. Further victories in 1964, 1965 and 1968 would follow, with the latter helping to take him to a second world championship.

1969 saw Mr. Monaco do it again. After Jackie Stewart and Chris Amon made rocket starts and pulled ahead, both were forced to retire from the race due to problems on their cars. This allowed Hill to sweep past and claim his 14th and final grand prix victory. He raced on until 1975 with little success, but was tragically killed in a plane accident in the November of that year.

Ahead of the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix, it is nice to remember just how much history there is around the streets of Monte Carlo. The likes of Hill, Senna, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost all made their names with success at Monaco, and for the class of 2014, the importance of winning such a historic race will not be lost.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.