Michael Schumacher led a Ferrari one-two at the Monaco Grand Prix after pole-man Mika Hakkinen's challenge fizzled out in the McLaren. Schumacher got a brilliant start from the grid, and after leading into the first corner, there was no stopping him. Hakkinen then found himself defending second position from Eddie Irvine rather than attacking Schumacher, and after he slid up an escape road at Saint Devote, he lost that battle too. By taking his 16th win with Ferrari, Schumacher became the most successful driver the illustrious team has ever had.
23 years earlier, Ferrari took another one-two, this time at the Belgian Grand Prix in Zolder. Niki Lauda led home Clay Regazzoni from their starting positions of first and second on the grid. The only man who looked likely to challenge the Ferraris was James Hunt in the McLaren, but he eventually retired with transmission failure. Emerson Fittipaldi's decision to race his own car that season was brought into question after the 1972 and 1974 champion failed to qualify for the race.
Pre and post war racing driver Luigi Villoresi was born in Milan. He won a dozens of non-championship grands prix but never a Formula One race. Among his triumphs are two Targa Florio victories in 1939 and 1940 as well as a Mille Miglia win in 1951. During his F1 career he drove predominantly for Ferrari, took eight podiums and amassed 49 points. He was a good friend and mentor of two-time champion Alberto Ascari and recognised his talent at an early age. After Ascari's death in 1955 he briefly retired from racing but returned in 1956 driving for Maserati in Formula One. After retiring from the category for good in 1957 he took up rallying and won the 1958 Acropolis Rally in Greece.
In a bid to hold onto his position as FIA president in the wake of revelations about his private life, Max Mosley said the governing body could lose control of F1 if he was forced out of office. He claimed to be crucial to talks with Bernie Ecclestone and F1's commercial rights holders over the future of the sport. He said: "It would be irresponsible, even a breach of duty, to walk away from (them)."