Your classic grand prix - race six
The 1984 Monaco Grand Prix is our selection for the latest edition of our classic races series, and it fits the description on every level.
It was not only a superb race, but it was also packed with controversy and in addition marked the emergence of two stellar talents, Ayrton Senna and Stefan Bellof, both of whom were later to die in racing cars.
The full 'Grand Prix' highlights programme from the time is embedded here, with the links to shorter cuts of all the options linked below, along with the hour-long highlights programme of last year's race.
Classic F1 is currently scheduled to go up on satellite and cable from midday BST on Wednesday 12 May and will run until the start of first practice on Thursday. It will be available on Freeview from 1900 BST on Wednesday 12 May and should run until 2300 BST the same day.
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Now, to the story of that 1984 race.
Prost was on pole position, and he led from the start, while behind him there was a crash involving Renault drivers Patrick Tambay and Derek Warwick, who both suffered leg injuries caused when their suspension wishbones pierced the monocoque of their cars.
He was passed by Nigel Mansell's Lotus-Renault on lap nine and as the Englishman pulled away at around two seconds a lap he looked on course for his maiden victory - until he made a very famous mistake.
Climbing the hill out of Sainte Devote towards the Casino, one of Mansell's rear wheels touched a white line painted on the road, and he spun heartbreakingly into the barriers. Team boss Peter Warr, who thought Mansell had been pushing too hard, was furious - and continues to castigate Mansell in interviews to this day. It was to be another season and a half - by which time Mansell had switched to Williams - before he broke his duck.
Prost re-took the lead, but by this time Senna, then in his rookie year for Toleman, was second.
Senna had arrived in F1 with a fanfare after a stellar rise through the junior categories. But so far he had been generally under the radar.
All that changed that afternoon in Monaco as he began carving chunks out of Prost's lead. Meanwhile, another rookie, the highly rated German Bellof, had quickly moved through the field from the back of the grid in his Tyrrell, and was catching both of them!
As the top three got ever closer together, heavy rain continued to fall on the streets of Monaco, and there were inevitable conversations about whether the race should be stopped.
Prost, for one, certainly thought things were getting too dangerous, and he gesticulated to the race officials to throw the red flag.
On lap 30, Senna was just seven seconds behind Prost and it was at this time that race director Jacky Ickx decided that conditions were too dangerous to continue. He waved the red flag at the end of the next lap.
The decision caused enormous controversy for two reasons.
Firstly, because Senna had closed rapidly on Prost in the course of lap 31, and was right behind him as the McLaren crossed the line, taking the lead just afterwards (although he was classified as seven seconds behind, because in a red-flag situation, results are taken from the end of the previous lap).
Secondly, Ickx at the time was a driver for the Porsche sportscar team - and Prost had an engine that had been built by Porsche, even if its official name was TAG after a McLaren sponsor which paid for it. And some scented conspiracy, a charge Ickx - a winner of eight grands prix himself, including six for Ferrari - rejected as ridiculous.
Ever since, the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix has generated debate. Was Prost the rightful winner? Was Senna? Was Bellof, who was reeling them both in?
Adding spice to the debate is the result of that year's championship.
Ultimately, Prost lost out to team-mate Niki Lauda, who won two fewer races than him but had better reliability, by the smallest margin in F1 history - just half a point.
Because Monaco was cut short, only half points were awarded - giving Prost four and a half for his victory.
Had the race continued until 75% of the full distance had been completed - 57 laps - and had Prost finished second to Senna, he would have been awarded six points. And he would have been world champion.
To many, that - in the case of both the race and the title - would have been the rightful result.