80 laps had been run and Ascari was running in second place, with Cesare Perdisa behind him and challenging. While negotiating the chicane, Ascari's Lancia suddenly slid straight across the road, crashed through the straw bales and sand-bags and went over the edge to plunge down into some 15 feet of water, the hot engine sending up an enormous cloud of steam. For some moments there was chaos, and while men in "Frogmen" suits swamed to where the Lancia had disappeared and boats sped across the harbour, Ascari surfaced and was retrieved suffering only front a slight cut on the nose, but very lucky to have escaped drowning.
Monaco Grand Prix
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