A string of chance occurrences harpooned Nigel Mansell’s title hopes and left Alain Prost a fortunate – though not undeserving – 1986 championship winner.
F1’s return to Fuji in 1977 saw a terrible crash which claimed the lives of two spectators. James Hunt won the race for McLaren.
Keeping two ruthless, competitive and fast team mates happy is something both McLaren and Ferrari have to manage this year. For an example of how one team has quite a bit more experience in the matter than the other, turn the clock back eight years to the Belgian Grand Prix of 1999. The McLaren drivers … Continue reading 1999 Belgian Grand Prix flashback
Over the final races of 2004 we often saw a very different Michael Schumacher. Was his crash at Monza the moment began to serious consider retiring from the sport?
You don’t associate the Hungaroring with classic F1 races – but it was a thrilling Grand Prix at this very circuit that first got me hooked on Formula One back in 1989. Nigel Mansell stormed to victory in a Ferrari from 12th on the grid, passing rival after rival on a bone-dry track. He capped … Continue reading 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix Flashback
Twenty-two years ago Britain was comfortably supporting two Grands Prix – never mind struggling to run one. Star attraction was home hero Nigel Mansell who took his first Grand Prix win at the European round at Brands Hatch in 1985. It was an incident-packed race that saw the crowning of a new champion and a … Continue reading Britain’s new star, France’s first champion
We’ve been promised Lewis-mania for Sunday. Britain’s prodigious F1 star has his homecoming before tens and thousands of enraptured fans. The Silverstone crowd knows how to get behind a heroic home driver – none more so than Nigel Mansell. He held the crowd in the palm of his hand every time he went there after … Continue reading 1992 British Grand Prix flashback
The inter-McLaren battle between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton is already being compared to the great McLaren rivalry of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Hamilton is cast in the role of new boy Senna – Alonso is a two times champion just as Prost was in 1988. But at that year’s French Grand Prix Prost … Continue reading Grand Prix flashback: France 1988
Twenty-five years ago the F1 circus visited the United States three times in one season. The first ever Detroit Grand Prix was the second round in the USA that year.
Gilles Villeneuve won his first ever Grand Prix at his home race in 1978. It was the first time the Canadian Grand Prix was held at the Montreal circuit. A year later he returned hoping to win again in front of his home crowd, having lost the World Championship battle to Ferrari team mate Jody … Continue reading 1979 Canadian Grand Prix flashback
The 1972 Monaco Grand Prix was in many ways a strange affair. It produced the debut victory for a man who would never win again and the circuit was in a state of flux.
The Formula One circus arrived at an Asian Grand Prix venue outside of Japan for the first time in its history in 1999. It delivered a surprising race – if not exactly a vintage one. For a few days it even seemed to have settled the drivers’ championship in favour of Mika Hakkinen – before … Continue reading 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix flashback
This weekend all eyes turn to Melbourne as a new Grand Prix season finally gets underway. The race will see a lot of new beginnings – new drivers, new partnerships and a new, post-Schumacher era. Twelve years ago the Australian Grand Prix was quite different. It marked the end of the season and the 1995 … Continue reading Hill two laps clear as he ends tough year on a high