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Gallery: Drivers who came close to winning the Triple Crown

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Gallery: Drivers who came close to winning the Triple Crown
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Translated by: Rachit Thukral
Jun 16, 2018, 9:04 AM

Several racing drivers have come close to winning the unofficial Triple Crown of Motorsport, but Graham Hill remains the only one to achieve the feat.

Comprising the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Triple Crown of Motorsport features three markedly different races from as many as racing series.

Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso has set an ambitious target of matching Hill and might move a step closer to his dream at the 86th running of Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend, having already won the Monaco GP.

Will he be able to secure the Triple Crown of Motorsport? Only time will tell. Until then here's a list of drivers who've won two of the three Triple Crown races.

Note: It also includes some drivers who never won the Monaco GP, but did win the F1 championship.

  

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Tazio Nuvolari

Tazio Nuvolari
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Tazio Nuvolari's is a peculiar case, given he raced in the pre-F1 world championship era. However, that doesn't take away anything from his 1932 Monaco GP win.

Tazio Nuvolari

Tazio Nuvolari
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Nuvolari won the Le Mans 24 Hours, also for Alfa Romeo, in 1933 but failed to qualify for the Indy 500 on his sole attempt.

Maurice Trintignant

Maurice Trintignant
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Maurice Trintignant started his racing career shortly before the World War II and resumed soon after. He scored a class win at Le Mans in 1953, before winning the race outright for Ferrari the following year.

Maurice Trintignant

Maurice Trintignant
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Trintignant's F1 career lasted for 14 seasons, during which he won the Monaco GP twice - 1955 with Ferrari and 1958 with Cooper. He never took part in Le Mans.

Mike Hawthorn

Mike Hawthorn
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Hawthorn won the infamous 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours race, which is mostly remembered for the multi-car accident that killed 83 spectators and one driver. Hawthorn was one of the drivers who was involved in the crash.

Mike Hawthorn

Mike Hawthorn
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Hathorn never won the Monaco GP, but was crowned the 1958 F1 drivers' champion. He never took part in Indy 500.

Phil Hill

Phil Hill
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Phil Hill may be an unknown figure to most motorsport fans of the current generation, but he won Le Mans thrice (1958, '61 and '61) - each time with Ferrari.

Phil Hill

Phil Hill
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Hill won the 1961 title after teammate and closest championship rival Woflgang von Trips tragically died at the season finale at Monza.

Despite his American nationality, Hill never raced in the Indy 500.

A.J. Foyt

A.J. Foyt
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A.J. Foyt is considered a legend in the US, primarily for winning the Indy 500 four times - in 1961, '64, 67 and '77 (pictured).

A.J. Foyt

A.J. Foyt
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Foyt also won the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours, just 10 days after his Indy 500 triumph.

Although Foyt never formally took part in F1, he did race at Indy 500 between 1968-60 when it was still counted under the world championship.

Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren
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Bruce McLaren, founder of the legendary F1 and sportscar team of the same name, won the 1962 Monaco GP at the age of just 24.

Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren
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He also won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966, driving a Ford GT-40. An entry into the 1968 Indy 500 was withdrawn at the last moment by Carron Shelby, the founder of the Shelby American team.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark
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Lotus F1 start Jim Clark won the 1963 and '65 F1 titles and 25 grands prix, but never triumphed in Monaco.

Jim Clark

Jim Clark
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He did win the 1965 Indy 500 though, having missed out on the top spot two years ago. Clark also competed at Le Mans three times, with a third-place finish in 1960 at the wheel of an Aston Martin DBR1 being his best result.

Graham Hill

Graham Hill
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Two-time F1 champion Hill was nearly unbeatable at Monaco, winning the prestigious race five times between 1963 and 1969.

Graham Hill

Graham Hill
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He won the Indy 500 on his first attempt in 1966 after starting 23rd on the grid, but further attempts in the next two years didn't yield much success.

Graham Hill

Graham Hill
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Hill completed the Triple Crown in 1972 when he finally won the Le Mans 24 Hours. He was driving a Matra alongside Henri Pescarolo.

Jochen Rindt

Jochen Rindt
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In 1965, the same year he started racing in F1 full-time, Rindt secured his maiden Le Mans win in 1965, driving a Ferrari 250LM alongside Masten Gregory and Ed Hugus.

Jochen Rindt

Jochen Rindt
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Rindt won the 1970 Monaco GP en route to the drivers' title, which he was awarded post humorously following a fatat crash at Monza.

The Austrian also competed at Indy 500 previously, securing a best finish of 24th in 1967.

Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti
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Mario Andretti raced in the Indy 500 for all but one year between 1965 and '94, but only won it once in '69.

Mario Andretti

Mario Andretti
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He never won the Monaco GP, but did win the 1978 F1 title for Lotus.

As far as Le Mans is concerned, he made eight appearance between 1966 and 2000, finishing second in 1995.

Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi
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Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi won the F1 championship twice and was the first driver to win a title for McLaren. However, he never stepped on the top step of the Monaco podium.

Emerson Fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi
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After his F1 career came to an end, Fittipaldi moved to the other side of the Atlantic to race in the Cart series. He enjoyed a largely successful tenure in America, winning the Indy in 1989 and '93.

Jacques Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve
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After starting his career in Europe, Jacques Villeneuve returned to America to race in Formula Atlantic and CART series. His sole Indy 500 success came in 1995, despite a two-lap penalty for overtaking the Pace Car.

Jacques Villeneuve

Jacques Villeneuve
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Villeneuve made his F1 debut in 1996 and beat Michael Schumacher to the '97 title in controversial circumstances. He never won the Monaco GP but came close to taking a victory at Le Mans in 2008, when he was driving a Peugeot.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya
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Much like Villeneuve, Montoya first raced in the CART series before moving over to Formula 1. He won the Indy 500 title in 2000 and again in 2015.

Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya
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Montoya may have never won an F1 title, but his 2003 Monaco victory showed how quick he was in an era dominated by Ferrari rival Schumacher.

He will be competing at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours in the LMP2 class and could potentially beat Alonso to the triple crown.

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