Which F1 race is the best in Europe
Formula 1 videos: The ten best races since 1990
Formula 1 shows highlight races from history on its YouTube channel: Today is the 1997 European GP. What were the best races of all time?
Virtual gaming events with the game F1 2019 and meanwhile at least six active Formula 1 drivers as well as historical races - Formula 1 wants to use these two means to bring its fans through the long Formula 1 break caused by the corona virus.
Today at 8 p.m. there is the Jerez-GP 1997 on the official YouTube account of Formula 1. So the race when Michael Schumacher made Jacques Villeneuve the world champion with the infamous ramming.
Last weekend, the premier class staged the 1996 Monaco GP - a race that only four drivers had finished and was surprisingly won by outsider Olivier Panis in a Ligier-Mugen-Honda. First pole man Michael Schumacher lost the start, then his Ferrari on the first lap: Crash, all out. Damon Hill led deliberately until his Renault engine gave up the ghost. Jean Alesi took the lead but was also stopped by a defect. This failure series, a good strategy on a damp track and a faultless drive brought Panis the unexpected victory.
You will look for great moments like this in vain in Formula 1 today. For seven years only Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari have won Grands Prix. Outsiders make it onto the podium at most, like in Germany and Brazil in 2019 - two very exciting races. Often it is such chaos races that make history.
Here we show you our ten best races of the last 30 years.
Brazil 2008: There is no better way to decide a world championship - with an overtaking maneuver in the last corner of the last lap of the last race. First Felipe Massa (Ferrari) cheered because he drove a perfect race in front of a home crowd under difficult conditions, won and was considered the safe world champion for a few seconds. But then Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) pulled past Timo Glock (Toyota) and secured fifth place, which was decisive for the World Cup. Massa and his family wept bitter tears. Pure emotions.
Europe 1999: It was the race that nobody wanted to win and started with a rollover from Pedro Diniz (Sauber-Petronas). He was unharmed. Heinz-Harald Frentzen defended his lead at the start, but then dropped out shortly after his pit stop. David Coulthard (McLaren-Mercedes) retired due to a driving error. Ralf Schumacher (Williams-Supertec) was deprived of all chances of victory due to a puncture. In the end, completely surprising, Johnny Herbert won in the Stewart-Ford ahead of Jarno Trulli (Prost-Peugeot) and Rubens Barrichello (Stewart-Ford). It was the only race in World Cup history in which only drivers from teams whose boss was himself a Formula 1 world champion were on the podium ...
Imola 2006: There is a constant discussion about how to make overtaking easier. But sometimes it is just exciting because there is no overtaking. At the Imola GP, Fernando Alonso (Renault) chased Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) for the whole race. Alonso was faster but just couldn't get past. And Schumi showed why he was Formula 1 world champion seven times: Because he was able to withstand such immense pressure for one race ...
Bahrain 2014: It was the year that changed Formula 1: The arrival of hybrid engines continues to annoy many fans today, mainly because they are too quiet for many. And because Mercedes has dominated the sport since then. That was also the case in 2014. But Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battled it out for victory in a way that rarely happens. Several times they overtook each other. Rosberg was faster, but Hamilton was smarter - he explored the limits of the team-internal duel better and won. There was also a lot going on in midfield: In a collision with Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Renault), Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber-Ferrari) overturned.
Belgium 1998: The knock-out race began with the biggest mass crash in Formula 1 history on the way to Eau Rouge: the race was stopped, restarted (with four fewer cars), but there was still chaos: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) collided while lapping David Coulthard (McLaren -Mercedes) and drove his tricycle back to the pits. Again and again there were hair-raising but minor accidents on a wet track. And in the end, someone won that hardly anyone had on the bill: Damon Hill in the Jordan-Mugen-Honda. Ralf Schumacher was faster in the end, but team boss Eddie Jordan did not want to jeopardize the first victory of his racing team and issued a stable order.
Italy 2008: It was clear to everyone even before Monza 2008 that Sebastian Vettel is a fast driver. But how good he is was shown for the first time at the 2008 Italian GP: In the rain qualifying, he took the pole position in the Toro Rosso Ferrari. Contrary to what many thought, however, it was not handed back place by place in the race, but drove a sparkling clean victory. The hour of birth of a true champion.
Germany 2019: Rain races are often the most exciting races of the year. Especially when the conditions change again and again - like at the German GP 2019. Slippery run-off zones in the Motodrom ensured that top stars like Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Nico Hülkenberg (Renault), but also Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) took off in a row. Hamilton was able to continue, but did not get into the points. Despite a wild spin, Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda) won ahead of Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who stormed from 20th to second, and Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso-Honda).
Europe 1993: Formula 1 only made one guest appearance in Donington. But the race became historic: Ayrton Senna (McLaren-Ford) overtook three champions on the starting lap: Alain Prost (Williams-Renault), Damon Hill (Williams-Renault) and Michael Schumacher (Benetton-Ford) and won that with a sensational performance Race that resulted in massive pit stops due to changing conditions.
Belgium 1991: A race that made history: Michael Schumacher made his debut in the Jordan-Ford, sensationally qualified in seventh place on the grid, seven tenths of a second faster than his experienced team-mate Andrea de Cesaris. After only a few hundred meters, Schumi retired with a damaged clutch, but the German made an impression right from the start. And there could have been a lot more: De Cesaris even finished in second place with three laps to go until his engine failed! Ayrton Senna won in a McLaren Honda.
Europe 2007: Markus Winkelhock only drove one race - and that in the Spyker Ferrari, one of the worst cars of the year. But he knew the Nürburgring, especially its moody weather. So he started with rain tires on a dry track and suddenly led the race deliberately when the rain set in and the competitions slid off the track in rows. Seven drivers were stranded in turn one alone! The race was canceled and restarted, Winkelhock soon retired with a defect and Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Mercedes) won the race.
Thanks to Michael Zeitler from AUTO BILD MOTORSPORT for the inspiration.
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