Worst moments Ferrari has had from the 1950s after entering F1

The exits of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen from the Singapore Grand Prix is not the worst Ferrari have gone through in their history in Formula 1 racing.

Ferrari has had their good moments, but there are bitter ones they went through as well.

We present 13 of their worst moments since they began racing in F1 in 1950.

Monaco GP, 1967: Lorenzo Bandini dies

Monaco GP, 1967: Lorenzo Bandini dies
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This was one of Ferrari's bad years as Lorenzo Bandini died after an accident in the race. Bandini was chasing the McLaren driven by Denny Hulme. Bandini's Ferrari loses control, crashes and is in flames. The fire extinguishing process was hampered due to low-flying media helicopters. Bandini died of burns.

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German GP, 1976: Niki Lauda's deadly accident

German GP, 1976: Niki Lauda's deadly accident
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Shortly before the race, championship leader Niki Lauda had requested it to be cancelled for safety reasons with the forecast of rain. The other drivers refused and the race was run. It began to rain and there was chaos as the teams scurried to change tyres. Lauda had a bad crash and his car lay in the middle of the track in flames. His car was then hit by Harald Ertl and Brett Lunger. Both stopped and immediately to help Lauda. They were assisted by Guy Edwards and Arturo Merzario. Lauda remained in the burning car for a while before being taken out and moved to the hospital.

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Canadian GP, 1980: Scheckter does not qualify

Canadian GP, 1980: Scheckter does not qualify
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Despite being the champions the previous year, Ferrari entered the 1980 season with the 312 T5, a car with older technology even as the others had entered the turbo era. Ferrari drivers Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve did not perform well. The worst was when Scheckter did not qualify in the Canadian. It was a rarity that the champions had not qualified.

Belgian GP, 1982: Gilles Villeneuve's death

Belgian GP, 1982: Gilles Villeneuve's death
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With Gilles Villeneuve and Didier Pironi as their drivers, Ferrari entered the 1982 season as one of the strongest contenders. In the Belgian GP qualifying, Villeneuve crashed into Jochen Mass (March-Ford) at about 200Kmph and was thrown about 50m before hitting a fance. By evening, Jacques Villeneuve's father was declared dead. Ferrari withdrew from the Belgian GP. However, this was not the only bad moment Ferrari went through in the 1982 season.

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German GP, 1982: Accident befalls Didier Pironi

German GP, 1982: Accident befalls Didier Pironi
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In the race, Didier Pironi suffered an accident similar to that of Jacques Villeneuve. A strong contender for the title, Pironi was ahead in the standings with a nine-point advantage over John Watson. Earlier, Pironi had won at San Marino (pictured) and Zandvoort. In Germany, Pironi crashed into the back of Alain Prost's Renault. Though he survived, he sustained leg injuries that ended his F1 career. Keke Rosberg won the title by five points.

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Japanese GP, 1990: Prost-Senna contact

Japanese GP, 1990: Prost-Senna contact
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Alain Prost's presence in Ferrari was a chance to challenge Ayrton Senna (Mclaren) for the title in the 1990 championship till the last race in Japan. Starting alongside each other, Senna 'pushes' Prost off the track in the first corner and there were other similar incidents. Eventually, Senna became world champion.

Italian GP, 1995: Berger and Alesi's incident

Italian GP, 1995: Berger and Alesi's incident
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Racing incidents involving favorites Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher promoted Ferrari's Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger the first and second spots. Suddenly, the camera from Alesi's car came off and hit Berger's car, thus damaging the suspension. The Austrian retired from the race. Alesi continued to race until he had problems of his own until he retired too.

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European GP, 1997: Schumacher-Villeneuve collision

European GP, 1997: Schumacher-Villeneuve collision
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The presence of Michael Schumacher gave Ferrari them a chance to win the 1997 world title. In the last race of the season, the European GP, Schumacher crashed into Villeneuve's Williams on lap 48. Schumacher retired, while Villeneuve finished third and won the title. Schumacher was stripped of his points in the 1997 season.

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Japanese GP, 1998: Schumacher's nightmare

Japanese GP, 1998: Schumacher's nightmare
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Going into the final race of the season, McLaren's Mika Hakkinen was leading the driver standings by just four points. Schumacher's engine stalls before the start and he starts from the back of the grid. He moved up to the seventh spot, but a tyre puncture, due to debris from Esteban Tuero's accident, forces him to retire.

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European GP, 1999: Where is Irvine's tyre?

European GP, 1999: Where is Irvine's tyre?
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Eddie Irvine became the mainstay Ferrari driver in 1999 following Michael Schumacher's injury in the British GP. One of the funniest moments in the history of F1 occurred when Irvine entered the pit at the 1997 European GP. Irvine's Ferrari F399 (pictured) had to spend 48 seconds because the set of four tyres was not ready when he pitted. There were only three. Irvine finally finished the race in seventh place. Irvine lost the championship to Mika Hakkinen by a narrow margin.

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Austrian GP, 2002: Team orders

Austrian GP, 2002: Team orders
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To give Michael Schumacher a better chance of winning the title, Ferrari came up with team orders in the 2002 Austrian GP. In the last lap, Ferrari asked Rubens Barrichello to give up the race lead to Schumacher, but what happened on the podium was perhaps the most embarrassing moment in F1 history. With the audience already displeased, Schumacher stood on the runner-up step and handed the winner's trophy to Barrichello. Ferrari was fined $1 million for this embarrassing incident.

Hungarian GP, 2009: Massa injured

Hungarian GP, 2009: Massa injured
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One more bad season for Ferrari was in 2009. After almost becoming the 2008 world champion, Felipe Massa suffered a nasty injury in the qualifying of the Hungarian GP. He was hit on the helmet by a part of the rear suspension from Rubens Barrichello's Brawn BGP 001. Massa did not drive the rest of the season and was replaced by Luca Badoer and Giancarlo Fisichela. Their only victory was through Kimi Raikkonen in the Belgian GP.

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Austrian GP, 2016: Vettel crashes

Austrian GP, 2016: Vettel crashes
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Though Ferrari had Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, they failed to win any race in the 2016 season. There was a good chance of winning the Austrian GP, but Vettel's right tyre exploded on lap 27 and he crashed into the barriers. Vettel finished fourth in the championship, while Raikkonen was sixth.

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