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The driver who gained most from F1's famous farce
The 2005 United States Grand Prix was one of the most notorious of Formula 1's 999 world championship rounds so far - contested by just six cars. And that meant a driver in one of the slowest machines on the grid got a podium. This is the story of a remarkable day for Tiago Monteiro
Formula 1's 999 previous world championship grands prix have produced plenty of underdog shocks. Whether it's Ivan Capelli's giant-killing efforts in France or Damon Hill's Hungary heartbreak with Arrows, those overachievements are some of the most fondly remembered results - particularly in an age where F1's big three teams are so dominant.
The current stranglehold is alarming; only two of the 129 podium positions on offer since F1's last major regulations overhaul for 2014 have been scored by a driver outside the ranks of Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull - a situation F1's sporting boss Ross Brawn called "unacceptable".
OPINION: With its days apparently numbered, the MGU-H looks set to be dropped from Formula 1’s future engine rules in order to entice new manufacturers in. While it may appear a change of direction, the benefits for teams and fans could make the decision a worthwhile call
Team Lotus ceased to exist in 1994 - and yet various parties have been trying to resurrect the hallowed name, in increasingly unrecognisable forms, ever since. Damien Smith brings GP Racing’s history of the legendary team to an end with a look at those who sought to keep the flame alive in Formula 1.
OPINION: Formula 1 reconvenes for the Russian Grand Prix two weeks after the latest blow in ‘Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton’. While the Silverstone and Monza incidents were controversial, they thankfully lacked one element that so far separates the 2021 title fight from the worst examples of ugly championship battles
Mika Hakkinen became Michael Schumacher’s biggest rival in Formula 1 in the late-90s and early 2000s, having also made his F1 debut in 1991. But as MARK GALLAGHER recalls, while Schumacher wowed the world with a car that was eminently capable, Hakkinen was fighting to make his mark with a famous team in terminal decline
Before Michael Schumacher – or anyone else – had driven the 191 (or 911 as it was initially called), Eddie Jordan turned to a fellow Irishman to test his new Formula 1 car. JOHN WATSON, a grand prix winner for Penske and McLaren, recalls his role in the birth of a legend…
OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences.
With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...
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