It’s widely hailed as “Ayrton Senna’s arrival race” in Formula One. This year, it celebrates its 30th anniversary.
“It” is the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix, where a then-unheralded Brazilian rookie driving a Toleman ran down and nearly caught the McLaren of Alain Prost, before conditions were deemed too wet and too unsafe to continue.
Prost won from Senna in what were a pair of firsts. The win marked Prost’s first of four wins in the Monaco principality and of course, Senna’s first ever podium finish.
Prost’s last Monaco win came in 1988, where Senna’s rare unforced error after a weekend spent trying to not just beat his teammate but pummel him into submission got the better of him.
In the above video clip, live commentary from the BBC counts down as the 1984 race came to its ultimate, rain-shortened conclusion.
You can see all this weekend’s Formula One action from Monaco across the networks of NBC, beginning with Practice 1 live streamed Thursday at 4 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra. Practice 2 is at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN.