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F1 flashback: The Prost-Senna battle in the rain-shortened 1984 Monaco GP (VIDEO)

May 21, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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.

  1. kitnamania13 - May 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I realize it was 30 years ago, but I’m still amazed that the TV director never showed Senna’s car the entire time he was devouring Prost’s lead. I don’t know how much of it was Prost being French and how much was that they showed the leader more in those days. Regardless, I wish we could have seen Senna driving the wheels off the Toleman. Also, Hunt was awesome as a commentator.

  2. indycarseries500 - May 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Lost in history is that Stefan Bellof started last got up to third and was running both of them down. Of course the car was more suited to the conditions and underweight and his podium was taken away but still he was coming.

    • worknman24hours - May 22, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Indy,heck of a catch there,thanks for telling us.

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