Four of the greatest F1 races in history

Ross Gibson

There have been some magnificent Formula 1 races throughout the history of the sport, with drivers pushing themselves and their cars to the limits in the pursuit of glory.

Stars likes Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are etched into F1’s folklore, but they are not alone in providing fans with memorable moments.

Read on as we look at four of the greatest F1 races in history.

European Grand Prix 1993

The 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park saw one of the finest ever drives from F1 legend Ayrton Senna.

The Williams duo of Alain Prost and Damon Hill dominated qualifying, with Senna starting the race in fourth place behind Schumacher. He lost a place at the start of the race, but within ten corners he had blasted past his rivals into the lead.

The wet conditions played into the McLaren driver’s hands, but their changeable nature during the race made for a thrilling spectacle. There were numerous pitstops, but Senna kept his cool to come out on top despite driving what was widely recognised as an inferior car.

German Grand Prix 1957

Juan Manuel Fangio’s masterclass at the Nurburgring saw him claim his fifth and final F1 title. He started on pole position ahead Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins, but he was quickly passed by the Ferrari pair.

Fangio regained the lead on the third lap, but he had chosen a strategy that necessitated a pitstop during the race. He opened up a 30-second lead over Collins, but his stop went badly wrong and he came out 48-seconds behind his rival.

However, he stormed back, breaking the lap record nine times on his way to a simply stunning victory.

European Grand Prix 1995

Schumacher closed in on the championship after showing his mastery in the rain with a thrilling fightback at the Nurburgring.

The race was hit by rain, leaving Schumacher’s Benetton 24-seconds behind Jean Alesi’s Ferrari, with less fuel on board and new rubber. However, the German blitzed his way back to close the gap.

Alesi crumbled under the pressure, making an error that allowed Schumacher to pass him at the chicane. Schumacher went on to claim the title and seal a dream move to Ferrari for the following season.

Brazilian Grand Prix 2008

Lewis Hamilton arrived at Interlagos with 94 points, seven ahead of the Brazilian Felipe Massa. The British star needed to finish only fifth or higher to become champion, but the race went down to the final corner.

Massa got a perfect getaway at the start of the rain-delayed race, and he opened up a comfortable lead as the track dried up. After further rain and pitstops, Hamilton rejoined the race in sixth place.

The Brazilian took the chequered flag in first place, but Hamilton passed Toyota’s Timo Glock in the final corners of the race to finish fifth, securing him the points he needed to take the drivers’ title.