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On this day in 2008, Lewis Hamilton took second place in the Turkish GP to keep his title challenge on course, a result for which he had to use an unusual strategy as an emergency measure
Fifty-one years ago today, Jochen Rindt won the Monaco Grand Prix after one of the most dramatic last laps in Formula 1 history. A future Indianapolis 500 winner was there to witness it, and he recounts his experiences to Adam Cooper.
It’s one of the greatest drives in Formula 1 history, how Stirling Moss drove an underpowered, privateer Lotus to victory over the might of the works Ferrari in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix.
You might know Stephane Sarrazin as a WRC regular who spent two years as a works Subaru driver, you might know him as a sportscar specialist who has finished runner-up at Le Mans on four occasions, or you might even know him as a regular in the early years of Formula E.
Ayrton Senna’s victory in the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park is quite rightly lauded as one of the finest of his glittering career, and the opening lap in particular is held up as perhaps the best-ever in Formula 1 history.
On April 10th, 1983 a little bit of history was made when Keke Rosberg won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, the Williams driver heading home a field of just 13 cars.
The 1995 Argentine Grand Prix was a strange one for many reasons: It was the first in Buenos Aires since the Falklands War closed its previous slot on the Formula 1 calendar, local hero Carlos Reutemann demoed a pukka Ferrari in the build-up to the event, but it was another Ferrari hero who stole the show on raceday – after a terrible start.
The 2000 San Marino Grand Prix was a prime example of how tense refuelling-era Formula 1 could be, as Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher overcame pole-sitter Mika Hakkinen of McLaren to keep his title bid firmly on the right track. After the race, Schumacher said: “It was good fun, like qualifying from start to finish.”
Formula 1 lost its benchmark driver of the era when double world champion Jim Clark was killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim on 7 April 1968. The quiet Scot nevertheless left a lasting legacy, his 25 world championship victories from 72 starts is still enough for ninth on the all-time F1 wins list.
Ayrton Senna never enjoyed the best of fortunes at his home grand prix, and although he’d managed to conquer gearbox problems to win at Interlagos in 1991, mechanical issues came back to haunt him a year later – and put him squarely in the sights of Michael Schumacher. Michael, unaware of Ayrton’s problems, would hit out after the race – believing Senna had been “playing some kind of game”.
On the anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s 100th podium finish in Formula 1, we review the 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he went head-to-head with the Williams-BMWs and, following a controversial clash with Juan Pablo Montoya, scored victory on the Ferrari F2002’s race debut.
Nelson Piquet was one of Formula 1’s biggest stars of the 1980s, going head-to-head with fellow legends Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna – and enjoying his fair share of success against them.
On this day in 1984, the Brazilian Grand Prix was the opening round of that year’s Formula 1 World Championship and was remarkable for the quintet of rookie drivers making their debuts. It marked the maiden grand prix starts for Stefan Bellof, Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle – as well as the less heralded Philippe Alliot and Francois Hesnault.
Pole position, leading throughout and breaking the distance record suggests Ford’s second Le Mans 24 Hours victory in 1967 came easily. But that underplays Ferrari’s effort with the famous P4, as Kevin Turner explained in 2017 Le Mans supplement of Motorsport.com's sister title Autosport.
Damon Hill says that it “broke my heart” to turn down racing for Jackie Stewart’s new Formula 1 team for the 1997 season, but felt the move was too risky.
Last year, Honda took the SUPER GT title with an all-new front-engined car, a feat that the Japanese manufacturer had pulled off 10 years prior with the exotic HSV-010 GT. Loic Duval recalls how a machine never even sold as a road car conquered its GT500 rivals.
Lockdowns aren’t fun but it does give us motorsport fans the opportunity to dip into our archives and relive classic moments.
Senna vs Prost is regularly cited as motorsport's greatest rivalry. But it can easily be argued Rainey vs Schwantz can stake that claim. That rivalry was in full swing during the 1991 500cc season, remembered fondly by both stars 30 years on...
Formula 1 history is full of should'ves, could'ves and would'ves, but it's easy to see 1991 as the greatest missed opportunity in the illustrious history of Williams, allowing Ayrton Senna to steal his last and perhaps greatest world championship title
Three-time 500cc world champion Wayne Rainey doesn’t believe his arch rival Kevin Schwantz gets enough credit for his “tremendous” 1993 title win for Suzuki.
Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did…
Unless it's a Reliant Robin or broken, cars tend to have four wheels, and the same goes for F1 machinery... 99% of the time. Jump back to the late 1970s and Tyrrell unveiled its P34, the first six-wheeled F1 car, and caused a storm with the potential that this new innovation could unlock.
Lewis Hamilton's triumph in the British Grand Prix despite a last-lap puncture is currently a unique moment in his Formula 1 career. But there was also a race from 2003 where, aged 18, he pulled off another seemingly-impossible feat…
On July 1 1979, Formula 1 history was made at Dijon-Prenois as Renault became the first manufacturer to win a World Championship Grand Prix with a turbocharged engine.
Jenson Button's win for McLaren in Canada in 2011 was one of the most memorable Formula 1 drives of recent times.
The latest episode in Autosport’s Race of My Life podcast series is Mika Hakkinen on the 1998 Monaco GP, the first time he saw the chequered flag in Monte Carlo – and he won!
The first-ever Detroit Grand Prix in 1982 was an often chaotic but highly memorable event, as Formula 1 got its lucrative second race in the United States – a late replacement for Watkins Glen – to complement Long Beach way out west. McLaren’s John Watson surged through the field for a famous victory from 17th on the grid in a two-part aggregate race that was packed with incidents and overtaking.
The 1984 Monaco Grand Prix shone a spotlight on two raw and exciting Formula 1 talents. Although McLaren’s maestro Alain Prost won the 12th grand prix of his career that day, young guns Ayrton Senna and Stefan Bellof both starred as a monsoon soaked the French riviera.
The 2005 Monaco GP saw a storming drive to victory by Kimi Raikkonen – while his McLaren Formula 1 team made a big strategic call with a little help from the folks back home.
Jacques Villeneuve twice went to the Monaco Grand Prix with a car that could have won and thus allow him to emulate the achievement of his father Gilles, but instead he endured two of the worst races of his peak years with Williams.
On this day in 2012, Casey Stoner dropped the bombshell that he would be retiring at the end of the season. On that Thursday afternoon in France, the double MotoGP world champion shattered Honda's hopes of assembling the ultimate dream team for 2013.
Highly regarded in his early Formula 1 career, Rubens Barrichello spent much of the "Schumacher era" as the clear number-two driver at Ferrari. But in 2003's British Grand Prix - which Formula 1 is streaming today - the Brazilian driver was imperious
Today, May 13, marks the 70th anniversary of Formula 1's first world championship race.
The 2000 Spanish Grand Prix was a resounding 1-2 finish for McLaren, as it bounced back from a Ferrari-dominated start to the season to get Mika Hakkinen’s title defense back on track. But the bravery of David Coulthard, to not only take part so soon after a near-death experience but to finish second, was the real talking point of the weekend.
The 1985 San Marino Grand Prix is part of Formula 1 folklore, with three different leaders in the last five laps – none of whom actually won!
Formula 1’s epic battle for the 1976 world championship title between James Hunt and Niki Lauda will go down in history as one of the best ever.
In this free episode from Motorsport.tv’s rich Duke Classic Video archive, relive the drama of Michael Schumacher’s first start in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship at Dijon in France – as well as a startline shunt that almost took out the pace car!
One year on from one of Formula 1’s darkest ever weekends at Imola in 1994, the 1995 San Marino Grand Prix was a poignant victory for Damon Hill and Williams, who beat the Ferraris of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger on an emotional day for all concerned.
Whenever the name 'Schumacher' is uttered, few people immediately think of Michael's younger brother Ralf, a six-times GP winner in his own right. In Michael's injury-induced absence, he stepped out of the shadows in the 1999 European Grand Prix - which Formula 1 is live-streaming today - with a fine drive that quelled many doubters.
‘Bang!’ And then… ‘thud!’ The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix was a non-stop rollercoaster of an event to cover from inside the Formula 1 paddock, and with plenty happening off track already that weekend, an audible crunch of carbonfibre (shortly followed by another one) was its latest zany corkscrew moment.
On this day 11 years ago, Toyota arguably should have been celebrating its first win in Formula 1. But the team instead ended up squandering Jarno Trulli's pole position and one of its last chances to safeguard its future in grand prix racing,
David Coulthard’s victory in the 1999 British Grand Prix had rather fallen his way, helped by McLaren teammate Mika Hakkinen’s retirement when a wheel flew off and Michael Schumacher’s brutal exit at Stowe that broke his leg. Twelve months later at Silverstone, DC would win again – this time, without any gifts from rivals.
Damon Hill's battle with Michael Schumacher for victory in the 1994 Japanese GP - which is being live-streamed today - at times more closely resembled a time trial than a conventional race due to a quirk in the rules that meant the event would be decided on aggregate times. At the height of the title fight, the outcome was a classic