Far from being just a nostalgic display of historic racing cars as a taster for the FI event in two week’s time, Monaco’s Grand Prix Historique, which ran from Friday, May 11, until Sunday, May 13, provided a welcome opportunity for several long-retired Formula 1 drivers to get back behind the wheel and relive the experiences of several years ago.
Among the nine drivers who took part in a parade on Saturday at 1:45 pm, were Mika Hakkinen, Eddie Irvine, Riccardo Patrese, Thierry Boutsen, and John Watson. The show was repeated at 1:25 pm on Sunday afternoon.
The veteran drivers reportedly had to listen to a safety briefing in which they were warned to take it easy: “The important thing is to participate in a nice parade, no problems, to have fun, and the owners of the cars will be happy to recover their property in good condition.”
Mika Hakkinen, winner of the Monaco Grand Prix in 1998, drove a McLaren from 1973 while Eddie Irvine got behind the wheel of a 1977 version of the same make. The reunion of old cars and veteran drivers ended in a late lunch and celebrations of long-past experiences on the most famous and best-loved of Formula 1 circuits: Monaco.
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