Formula One (F1) is arguably the most captivating sport in the world. Its combination of speed and competition means that it always delivers thrills, spills and edge-of-the-seat moments. Over its long history, there have been some truly iconic races that have gone down in the annals of motorsport. Here are some of the greatest F1 races in history.
1. 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
This race was an absolute classic. In the closing stages of the race, Valtteri Bottas, who had been leading for much of the race, suffered a puncture, allowing Lewis Hamilton to take the lead. However, with just one lap remaining, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo passed Hamilton to take the victory. It was a thrilling climax and a race that will live long in the memory of F1 fans.
2. 1984 Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix has always been a classic fixture on the F1 calendar. But in 1984, the race produced a truly legendary performance from Ayrton Senna. Driving a Toleman, Senna went from 13th on the grid to 2nd place, only to be denied victory by a red flag. His drive was hailed as one of the greatest drives in F1 history and cemented his status as a racing legend.
3. 1976 Japanese Grand Prix
The 1976 Japanese Grand Prix is remembered as one of the most intense races ever seen in F1. Niki Lauda, driving for Ferrari, needed only to finish 4th or higher to secure the world title. James Hunt, driving for McLaren, needed to win the race in order to keep the championship alive. In the end, it was Hunt who emerged victorious in a dramatic and hotly contested race.
4. 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
In 2008, the battle for the world championship came down to the final race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix. Going into the race, Lewis Hamilton needed only to finish 5th or higher in order to secure the title. In a thrilling race, Hamilton held off the challenge of Felipe Massa to take the victory and become the youngest ever world champion.
5. 1989 Italian Grand Prix
The 1989 Italian Grand Prix will always be remembered for the incredible duel between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. The two drivers were vying for the world championship and the race was tense from start to finish. In the end, Senna got the upper hand and took the victory, winning his first world championship in the process.