Top ten… Team-mate crashes (Video)

Top tenPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Say what you like about Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. However great the enmity between the pair was at least they never took each other off.

Unlike this sorry collection of drivers from the front and back of the grid…

1980: Tyrrell drivers Derek Daly and Jean-Pierre Jarier at Monte-Carlo

Derek Daly gets airborne on the way into the first corner at Monte-Carlo and lands on his team mate Jean-Pierre Jarier.

1989: Dallara drivers Andrea de Cesaris and Alex Caffi at Phoenix


Crash aficionado de Cesaris managed to take Caffi out of what would have been a useful third place for Dallara – while Caffi was lapping him!

1989: McLaren drivers Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna at Suzuka

Certainly the most infamous inter-team collision. Ayrton Senna tried to pass Alain Prost for the lead at Suzuka and Prost, knowing he would win the championship if Senna failed to finish, took an unusual line into the corner that appeared to involve driving straight into the side of his team mate.

1992: Larrousse drivers Bertrand Gachot and Ukyo Katayama at Montreal… and Suzuka

Not content with blundering into each other at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Bertrand Gachot and Ukyo Katayama of the tail-end Venturi team repeated the feat at Suzuka later in the year.

1997: Jordan drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher at Buenos Aires

When Ralf Schumacher in his third start shunted team mate Giancarlo Fisichella out of the race he inherited what would become third place at the flag. Fisichella was not impressed.

1999: McLaren drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard at Estoril

F1’s second-longest team mate pairing had an inauspicious beginning, the pair colliding at Estoril in 1996.

Three years later it happened again – this time Coulthard tipped his team mate into a spin on the first lap in Austria.

2002: Williams drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher at Indianapolis

The Williams duo of Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher were not the best of buddies. When Montoya passed Ralf at Schumacher the German lost control of his car and swiped Montoya off the track. Patrick Head hit the roof…

2004: Williams drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher at Nurburgring

Next time around the blame was more on Montoya’s side, having braked rather late for the first turn at the Nurburgring.

2004: Jaguar drivers Mark Webber and Christian Klien at Interlagos

The Jaguar team came to an ignominious end when its drivers collided with each other in their final race. Astonishingly Webber also collided with his team mates at the next two Brazilian Grands Prix in 2005 (Antonio Pizzonia) and 2006 (Nico Rosberg).

2007: BMW drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica at Nurburgring

You don’t need a long memory for this one. Nick Heidfeld’s optimistic attempt to pass team mate Robert Kubica on lap one at the N???rburging ended in tears.

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