The Monaco win that started another triple crown
30 years ago, victory in the Monaco Grand Prix-supporting Formula 3 race – then a showpiece invitational event – began a young Jorg Muller’s pursuit of a unique set of street circuit wins that he’d later complete at Macau and Pau.
Despite Fernando Alonso’s best efforts to crack the Indianapolis 500 in recent years, Graham Hill remains the only driver ever to have completed motorsport’s official triple crown. Known as Mr Monaco, Hill claimed no fewer than five Grand Prix victories in the principality between 1963 and 1969, added the Indy 500 at his first attempt in 1966 before completing the set with glory in the 1972 Le Mans 24 Hours.
But while it may not be the best-known, there is another triple crown which has a similarly exclusive membership club of one. Made up of the big three street circuit races below Formula 1 – the Macau and Pau Grands Prix, plus Monaco (which held an invitational Grand Prix for Formula 3 cars between 1964 and 1997) – an illustrious list of drivers have won two out of three.
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