Perfect sporting moments

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello, Imola, 2003The Daily Telegraph recently compiled a top 50 sporting moments and two F1 highlights featured in the list. They were:

#31 – Fernando Alonso passing Michael Schumacher, Japanese Grand Prix 2005
#33 – Michael Schumacher winning the San Marino Grand Prix after the death of his mother, 2003

Memorable moments no doubt – but I can think of a few more that deserved to be on the list more than these two…

Top of my list would be Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux’s scintillating, wheel-banging battle (for second place – not even a win!) in the 1979 French Grand Prix (see the video here).

I’d add to that Nigel Mansell recovering a 20 second deficit and passing Nelson Piquet to win the 1987 British Grand Prix.

And Juan Manuel Fangio hunting down the Ferraris of Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins at the N??rburgring in 1957, breaking the lap record every time he came past the start line.

And Peter Gethin beating four drivers across the line by less than a second at Monza in 1971.

And Fernando Alonso racing from 15th to sixth in one lap at a soaking Hungaroring last year – possibly an even better first lap than Senna’s celebrated start at Donington in 1993.

And Ayrton Senna, driving on threadbare tyres, beating Nigel Mansell to the line by 0.014s at Jerez in 1986.

And Villeneuve, again, this time holding a string of pursuers at bay around Jarama in 1981 in his dog-slow Ferrari.

And John Watson scything through the Detroit traffic in 1982 to win from 17th on the grid – passing three cars on a single lap.

And Jackie Stewart conquering a dank, wet N??rburgring to win by four minutes in 1968.

What do you think should be on the list?

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