When you love a particular sport, you want to gain all the available information about it. Its natural to become fascinated with the history of your favourite sport and try to understand it better and get to know some of the historic personalities associated with the sport.
Similarly, if you are a fan of racing and love watching Formula One, you would definitely be interested in hearing about some of the most fascinating races of its history . Well, allow us to help you to re-live /enjoy some of the best and most memorable F1 races of the past.
British Grand Prix -1987
As most of the older F1 fans will tell you there was really no love lost between the two William’s drivers –Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet. This race began with both of them starting off the front row of the grid. But, Mansell faced a technical problem and had to take a back seat.
However, he soon entered the race within 29 seconds right behind Piquet and began to race at an amazing pace such that he broke the lap record a staggering 11 times. Was that enough to catch the race leader Piquet?
Hell, yes! On the penultimate lap Mansell leapfrogged Piquet to become the race leader. The home fans cheered when Mansell crossed the chequered flag as the race winner.
Canadian Grand Prix-2011
This race was subject to many rain interruptions. Jenson Button was in the last place in the grid when the race restarted on lap 40. He smartly chose to change to intermediate tyres at the right time and fought his way through the then dry-weather slicks. By lap 65 he had moved from fourth to the second position and overtook Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher and Red Bull’s Mark Webber in the process.
Gradually, he kept gaining ground on the race leader- Sebastian Vettel. Sebastian withered under the extra pressure, allowing Button to leapfrog him and become the race leader. The chase from the last place to grand-prix win is rare in F1 and this race is widely regarded as a golden moment in Jenson Button’s F1 career..
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix- 2010
In F1, strategy counts and sometimes a great strategy can works wonders over a faster car! For the first time in Formula One championship history there were four contenders for the title on the eve of the final grand prix- Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
One can say it was a game of cat and mouse as every team had an eye on the activities and strategies of their rivals. Alonso had to pay a heavy cost as he was forced to take a pit stop to cover a move by Webber and got stuck behind. On the other hand, Vettel took advantage of those crucial seconds and ultimately took the trophy home.
Japanese Grid Prix-2005
Kimi Raikkonen carried out what can only be termed as a balletic powerplay in Japan. Emerging from the pits in second place within the first two laps, he made a superior car set-up count. He actually ended up setting the fastest lap time over the course of the race.
However, Giancarlo Fisichella had already built up a five second lead at the top of the leaderboard by this point. Fisichella was under team instructions to “push and push” to keep Raikkonen at bay. Raikkonen, on the final lap, tucked right behind Fisichella on the main straight and darted towards the left barely missing the rear end of Fisichella’s car by a few inches.
In a spectacular manner, Raikkonen took the lead position and won the race.
Monaco Grand Prix- 1992
Nigel Mansell’s Williams was way ahead of the rest of the competition, especially as he started on pole and had built up a massive 30-second lead on a track that was renowned for being notoriously difficult to overtake. He was surely going to win. But, an unexpected puncture compelled him to make his way to the pits with only a few laps to go. A slow pit stop meant that he restarted the race behind Ayrton Senna.
Keeping at his tail throughout, Mansell ferociously covered lap after lap behind Senna with a crazy determination leading to what many experts believe as the best defensive race of Senna’s career.
European Grand Prix- 1993
Ayrton Senna has proved several times that neither adverse weather conditions nor an inferior car could stop him from winning a race. Alain Prost and Damon Hill-popularly known as the Williams duo showcased their dominance on the front row during qualifying.
However, the Brazilian hero even in greasy conditions drove through the field from fifth to the third position and ultimately made his way to the top of the grid.
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