Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Overtaking at Loews

A difficult qualifying session had consigned him to a lowly grid position; surely, at Monaco, it would be difficult to make much progress from there?

Throwing caution to the wind, then, he took a stab down the inside of the Ferrari driver into the Loews hairpin. The move was never really on, and as the Ferrari turned-in, the two cars momentarily locked wheels. As luck would have it, however, it was the Ferrari which would came out worst, and he was through!

That, of course, was Olivier Panis, overtaking Eddie Irvine en route to victory in the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix. But the stewards were rather more laissez-faire in those days, before the scales of justice were to be hung in judgement over every (televised) collision.

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