2020-06-08 03:41:07 UTC
when Gilles Villeneuve won the race, he seemed to be the only driver on
the podium, no 2nd or 3rd place drivers beside him. Also there were no
Monaco royal family was on the podium that year. It was only Gilles, his
wife, and a bunch of F1 officials to celebrate. I assumed that maybe the
royals didn't show up because maybe they were morning the passing of
Princess Grace, but she didn't pass away till 82, in fact she passed
away after Gilles did in 82!
Then in 84, when we had that epic battle between Senna and Prost, we did
have a lot of royals on the balcony, including Prince Rainier and a
young Prince Albert. However, at the celebration, they only had Prost
and Senna on the steps, but no 3rd place finisher, who happened to be
Stefan Bellof that year (although that place was taken away by the end
of the year when Tyrell was excluded from the championship).
So the question is what was the procedures back then? They didn't have
all three podium finishers on the steps all of the time?