Video: Monaco Grand Prix’s greatest hits
Some iconic moments from 68 years of the world’s most famous F1 race...
Posted: 25 May 2012
After some absolutely blistering qualifying laps, Ayrton Senna came out with one the most famous quotes of his career:
"I was already on pole and I was going faster and faster. One lap after the other, quicker and quicker and quicker. I was at one stage just on pole, then by half a second and then one second and I just kept going. Suddenly I was nearly two seconds faster than anybody else, including my team mate with the same car. And suddenly I realized that I was no longer driving the car consciously.
"I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension. It was like I was in a tunnel. Not only the tunnel under the hotel but the whole circuit was a tunnel. I was just going and going, more and more and more and more. I was way over the limit but still able to find even more. Then suddenly something just kicked me.
"I kind of woke up and realized that I was in a different atmosphere than you normally are. My immediate reaction was to back off, slow down. I drove back slowly to the pits and I didn't want to go out any more that day. It frightened me because I was well beyond my conscious understanding. It happens rarely but I keep these experiences very much alive inside me because it is something that is important for self-preservation."
Having comfortably led the race, Senna slid off near the end of the race - he was so upset he left the car and went straight to his nearby apartment for the rest of the day.
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