What Happened On This Day May 28 In F1 History?

From McLaren dominating the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix to Christian Horner leaping naked into a pool at the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix.


By Ben Bush
Updated on May 30, 2024

A naked leap of faith for Christian Horner
A naked leap of faith for Christian Horner and Red Bull Racing at the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix.

What happened on this day, May 28 in Formula 1 history? Find out interesting facts and stories about Formula 1 on this day.


Guy Moll was born in Algeria on May 28, 1910. In 1934, at the age of 23, he was signed by Enzo Ferrari and almost immediately won the Monaco Grand Prix. A month later, he finished second to Achille Varzi in Tripoli. However, in August, while lying in second place at Pescara, he lost control and hit a bridge. He died shortly afterward, ranked by Ferrari as one of the best drivers he had ever seen.


Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost dominated for McLaren at the 1989 Monaco Grand Prix, but Senna’s choice of harder tyres helped him to victory. On a bumpy surface, Prost had to stop twice on the 20th and 34th laps and was overtaken by Nigel Mansell in the Ferrari before it suffered engine failure.


Michael Schumacher secured victory at the 1995 Monaco Grand Prix with a strategic decision to make only one fuel stop. His closest competitor, Damon Hill, initially led from pole but opted for two stops, which made the difference. “We got our strategy horribly wrong, I’m afraid,” Hill said. “I’m pretty cheesed off. It has happened before, and it is making it too easy for Michael. Last night, we decided on one stop, but after the warm-up this morning, we changed our minds and went for two. It is a long and hard race here anyway, and when you cannot make any impression on a guy who has more fuel on board than you, then it seems even longer. I was pretty disillusioned when I realized Michael was only doing one stop because I knew I had a hard job on then.”


David Coulthard made history for Red Bull at the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, ending his long absence from the podium by finishing third in Monte Carlo. Donning a Superman cape as part of Red Bull’s promotion for the Hollywood blockbuster “Superman Returns,” this was Coulthard’s first podium since Suzuka at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix. The cape was the result of a bet between Coulthard and team boss Christian Horner; in return, Horner leapt naked into a swimming pool. “I got nervous as David moved through the field, but it was worth getting wet for this result,” Horner grinned.

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