Saturday 30 August 2014

Safety in Formula 1: Medical (Part Eight)

Safety has not always been a paramount concern in Formula One, although there had been many tragedies, both for drivers and spectators. This article will focus on the ‘Medical’ facilities at Formula One Grand Prix. In the last few decades, however, accidents happen and there are medical facilities at every circuit in order to try and control any situation which may occur as a result of an accident. 

The Medical Car lines up before the start of the Grand Prix.
According to, “As late as the early 1980s, medical facilities at many Grand Prix events were shockingly poor by modern standards. It has now become one of the top priorities at every race. The serious nature of some motor racing injuries means that speed of medical response is absolutely vital to saving lives.”  

Around the circuit, there are several mobile response teams strategically placed which include four salvage cars (S-cars) and two rescue cars (R-cars) as well as two extrication teams. The four S-cars are equipped with a rescue cutter and fire extinguishing equipment whereas the R-cars are manned by a doctor, four paramedics and a driver which can reach any point on the circuit within 30 seconds.

Did You Know...that the safety of the spectators at Formula One races is controlled by approximately 150 security officials, in addition to approximately 130 medics and doctors?

The FIA's chief medical delegate, currently Doctor Ian Roberts, will be on stand-by in the medical car at the end of the pit lane. He can be quickly driven to the scene of any major injury. When Dr Roberts arrives at the accident scene he can gauge the severity of the accident immediately by looking at the warning light system located on the top of cockpit. 

The Medical Car will follow the drivers around the circuit on the first lap, as it is considered as the most dangerous and crash-prone corners of the entire race and it will pull into the pitlane at the end of the first lap.

If a driver requires immediate assistance, he or she will be taken the circuit’s medical centre. It is staffed 24 hours a day during a race weekend and is equally equipped with the latest medical devices, including full resuscitation equipment and its own operating theatre, with orthopadedic surgeons, an anaesthetist and six paramedics. Drivers will often be sent to the medical centre for checks as a precaution regardless of whether they’ve emerged unscathed. It is up to the FIA to clear a driver to race and to ensure if he is physically fit to do so. Several drivers have had to sit out the rest of a Grand Prix weekend if they crash early on, and are even forced to sit out of the next race if they are deemed unfit due to a bad accident. 

Did You Know...that two ambulances and a helicopter manned by a doctor, two paramedics and a pilot stand by throughout the race. A second helicopter is kept ready outside the circuit and four additional ambulances are posted along the race track.

Felipe Massa being airlifted to hospital following an accident at the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix.
Local hospitals will also be on stand-by during the course of a race weekend so that very serious injuries can be transferred. A MedEvac helicopter manned by a doctor, two paramedics and a pilot is ready to fly at all times, a second helicopter is kept ready outside the circuit and four additional ambulances are posted around the race track. If conditions are such that a helicopter could not take off from the circuit or land at the hospital, due to fog for example, then the race cannot go ahead. Normally, this is a weather issue, fog or rain, and we saw this happen during Free Practice 1 at Circuit of the Americas in 2013. Cars were sent out at the start of the session but were told to return with ‘Red Flags’ due to the late arrival of the MedEvac helicopter.

Therefore, once can establish that Formula One racing is vastly safer than it used to be, and medical provision is a great deal better. That’s it for this article; I hope that you’ve enjoyed it!

[PART 5] The Italian Grand Prix - Did You Know (FACTS)

[PART 4] The Italian Grand Prix - Did You Know (FACTS)

[PART 3] The Italian Grand Prix - Did You Know (FACTS)

[PART 2] The Italian Grand Prix - Did You Know (FACTS)

[PART 1] The Italian Grand Prix - Did You Know (FACTS)


Friday 29 August 2014

On This Day in Formula One - 29 August

The 1976 World Champion James Hunt.
1976 world champion James Hunt was born in Belmont, Surrey. A young aristocrat with a devil-may-care attitude, Hunt got his Formula One break in 1973 thanks to funding from Lord Hesketh. Hunt moved to McLaren after Emerson Fittipaldi quit to join his family team and he scored six wins and took the title amid a downpour in the final race, in Japan, when friend and rival Niki Lauda pulled into the pits and said that it was too dangerous to race. Hunt stayed out and clinched the third place he needed to lift the crown.

En route to winning the title, Hunt won the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. Two weeks after Niki Lauda came off the critical list following his horrific accident at the Nurburgring, Hunt trailed Ronnie Peterson and John Watson in the early stages of the race before both men dropped back, leaving Hunt to claim victory from Clay Regazzoni and Mario Andretti and close the gap between himself and Lauda to just 14 points.

Keke Rosberg won the 1982 world championship with Williams despite winning just one race all season at the Swiss Grand Prix. The race was held in Dijon, France with motor racing still banned in Switzerland following the 1955 Le Mans disaster. Rosberg started eighth on the grid and overtook Alain Prost late on to secure victory.

David Coulthard won the Belgian Grand Prix after clashing with team-mate Mika Hakkinen into the first corner. Hakkinen had qualified on pole but was slower off the line, allowing Coulthard to pull alongside. The pair then touched into the first corner as Coulthard muscled his way past on the inside. Hakkinen's second place allowed him to overtake Eddie Irvine by a single point at the top of the drivers' standings.
Kimi Raikkonen took McLaren's first victory of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix but it was not enough to stop Michael Schumacher from securing his seventh drivers' title as he finished second ahead of Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello.


Tuesday 26 August 2014

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On This Day in Formula One - 26 August

Gilles Villeneuve continues on with a puncture on the rear of his Ferrari.
Gilles Villeneuve cemented his cult-hero status at the Dutch Grand Prix when he refused to retire with a puncture, and instead drove a lap of the circuit on three wheels with sparks flying from the rear of his Ferrari. Villeneuve had been leading the race after a brave move on Alan Jones at Tarzan corner and looked set for victory until a spin on lap 47 dropped him to second. Villeneuve rejoined but two laps later he spun again, this time the rear-left tyre exploded and left the Ferrari strewn across the middle of the track. However, he didn't give up and raced back to the pits on three wheels, pulling wheelies along the way and making good time. When he returned to the pits, however, the suspension was too badly damaged to carry on and he was forced to retire. Jones went on to win the race ahead of Villeneuve's team-mate Jody Scheckter.

Alain Prost won the Dutch Grand Prix to close within half a point of championship leader Niki Lauda. Nelson Piquet had taken an early lead but falling oil pressure forced him to retire early on, handing the lead to Prost. Meanwhile, Lauda picked his way through the field from sixth on the grid to finish 10 seconds off the pace of his McLaren team-mate. Lauda managed to maintain his half point lead for the remaining three races to take his third title.

After three attempts the Belgian Grand Prix finally got underway with Ayrton Senna leading from lights to flag. At the first attempt Aguri Suzuki's Larousse started a chain reaction crash into the first corner that, via Nelson Piquet, shunted Nigel Mansell into the barrier. As everyone tried to avoid the accident the two Lotuses collided and then further around the first lap Satoru Nakajima parked his Tyrrell on a kerb. The red flags came out and the grid reformed. At the second start Paolo Barilla had a huge accident at Eau Rouge, leaving bits of his Minardi scattered across the track. Again the race director put out the red flag. Finally on the third attempt everybody got away without incident and Senna, as he had on the previous two occasions, sped off into the lead. His closest competitor was the Ferrari of Alain Prost who finished 3.5 seconds behind.

One of the most iconic F1 sponsorship deals came to an end when the Philip Morris tobacco company announced it would not renew its sponsorship of McLaren in 1997. Philip Morris' European president said: "During our 23 years of sponsorship, the Marlboro McLaren team has had unprecedented success, winning nine drivers' world championships, seven wolrd constructors' championships and 96 grands prix. We are very proud of that record."

Lewis Hamilton suffers with a puncture at the 2007 Turkish Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton's title bid took the first of two major blows as a result of a tyre failure. He had been running in a comfortable third position at the Turkish Grand Prix, ahead of title rival and McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso, when his front left tyre failed at high speed. He dropped back to fifth, missing out on two points - the exact same margin he lost the championship by to Kimi Raikkonen. His second tyre failure, which stopped him taking the title on that day, came at the Chinese Grand Prix when he ran wide on the pit lane entrance with a balding intermediate. Felipe Massa went on to win the Turkish Grand Prix, ahead of Raikkonen and Alonso.


Monday 25 August 2014

On This Day in Formula One - 25 August

McLaren took a dominant one-two victory at Zandvoort ahead of Ayrton Senna in a Lotus. Niki Lauda led home Alain Prost by just 0.232 seconds after the pair ran nose-to-tail for the last few laps. Senna had led at the start but lost out in the pit stops as the McLarens worked their way through the field. Alain Prost went on to win the title comfortably.

Michael Schumacher got his F1 break driving for Jordan
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Michael Schumacher made his Formula One debut at the Belgian Grand Prix. He drove for Jordan after replacing Betrand Gachot, who had been jailed for assaulting a London taxi driver the year before. Schumacher immediately caught the world's attention by qualifying seventh, albeit 3.4 seconds off the pole time set by Ayrton Senna. In the race the clutch failed on the grid and he retired immediately while Senna led a McLaren one-two at the front of the field. However, Schumacher had made his mark on the sport and was immediately snapped up by Flavio Briatore to race for Benetton at the next event, much to the anger of Eddie Jordan.

Michael Schumacher took victory at the Belgian Grand Prix but only after a strategic cock-up cost Williams an easy win. Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill had locked out the front row and although Schumacher split the pair at the start Villeneuve had the faster car. However, a third of the way into the race the throttle on Jos Verstappen's Arrows pinned wide open and he crashed at 135mph. A safety car was called out and Williams radioed Villeneuve to come in, but somewhere over the vast expanse of the Spa circuit the message got lost and Villeneuve stayed out on track. As a result Schumacher took the lead and with Villeneuve concerned about some knocking noises from his Renault V10, he settled for second. After the race an elated Schumacher said: "I would not have bet anything for this to happen. There was no way I thought I could win this race. Spa is lucky for me."

Founder and team principal of Tyrrell Racing, Ken Tyrrell, passed away at his home in Surrey. Tyrrell cars were a mainstay of the F1 grid from 1970 to 1998, taking 23 wins before the team entry was sold to British American Tobacco for the start of the 1999 season. It went on to become BAR, then Honda and eventually relived its glory days under the Brawn name. Jackie Stewart, who took all three of his world championships with Tyrrell as the team principal said: "Ken was the most important person in my life outside my family. Without Ken Tyrrell, I would not be where I am today."

Vettel impresses on his F1 debut in the BMW Sauber.
Sebastian Vettel became the youngest ever F1 driver as he made his debut for BMW Sauber during Friday practice for the Turkish Grand Prix. He immediately made an impact on the sport, setting the fastest time of the day with a 1:28.091 at just 19 years and 53 days old. However, he was also fined for exceeding the pit lane speed limit by 4.3km/h. He had to wait until 2007 to get his race debut with Toro Rosso and then won his first grand prix the next year for the same team.


Friday 22 August 2014

On This Day in Formula One - 22 August

Juan Manuel Fangio on his way to win the 1954 Swiss Grand Prix.
Juan Manuel Fangio won the Swiss Grand Prix for Mercedes-Benz at Bermgarten in Berne. Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn and Frolian Gonzalez mounted an early challenge but Fangio soon took control, winning by nearly a minute having lapped every car except Gonzalez in second. The victory was Fangio's fifth of a dominant season and he went on to win his second title with two races to spare. The race was the last grand prix held in Switzerland before motor racing was banned after the 1955 Le Mans disaster in which 80 spectators were killed.

Jordan announced that Benetton's Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella would trade places with compatriot Jarno Trulli and join the team in 2002 on a three-year contract. "Planning for the long-term future is vital and stability and continuity are key to success," said team boss Eddie Jordan in the statement. "I am overjoyed that Giancarlo has signed a three-year contract with us, as this gives Jordan and Honda a strong platform to build on." Mika Hakkinen's manager, Keke Rosberg, also announced that the Finn would stay on at McLaren in 2002.

Ford vice president Richard Parry-Jones announced that the struggling Jaguar Racing team was not for sale. "Ford Motor Company management is not in negotiations and is not planning on the sale of Jaguar Racing," said Parry-Jones, responsible for Ford's Formula One commitments. The team was eventually sold to Red Bull in 2004.


Thursday 21 August 2014

Slipstream SA Competition - Rules & Questions

Slipstream SA Formula 1 competition - WIN a Evolution of Scuderia Ferrari poster and a Scuderia Ferrari Formula One car (scale 1:43).

There will be 15 questions in total. 1 per day starting on the 8th August 2014. Once all 15 have been announced, please compile your answers and e-mail them to The deadline for entries is 3rd September 2014 at midnight. The winner will be selected at random from all correct entries using a random number generator.

NOTE - Each question will be released on Twitter - @JunaidSamodien_ and will be posted on this blog as well!

RULES - 1] DO NOT answer the questions when they are posted. You are required to compile all your answers and send them to me once you've figured out the answer to the final question.
2] When sending your answers PLEASE attach your Full Name and Twitter Handle if you have one.
3] This competition is OPEN to anyone (Worldwide)

Most of all! Enjoy the Quiz and Goodluck!

QUESTION 1 - When was Scuderia Ferrari founded? (Year)

QUESTION 2 - How many championship points did Scuderia Ferrari score in the 2013 season? 

QUESTION 3 - What do these years represent? 1994-1995-2000-2001-2002-2003-2004?

Question 4 - Name the 3 subjects that Interested Michael Schumacher the most at school?

Question 5 - At what age did Michael Schumacher begin his karting career?

Question 6 - Which Formula 1 team gave Michael Schumacher his first taste at Formula One?

Question 7 - At which Grand Prix did Michael Schumacher announce that he would join Ferrari?

Question 8 - In 2000, who ended the twenty-one-year drought for Ferrari by winning the World Championship?

Question 9 - Name the designer who joined Ferrari on 17 February 1997?

Question 10 - Who took over as Team Principal when Jean Todt left Ferrari?

Question 11 - In the 1995 season Michael Schumacher qualified in 16th place for the Belgian Grand Prix but in which position did he finish in the Grand Prix?

Question 12 - Ferrari achieved the record of the most one-two finishes with the same drivers. Name the drivers?

Question 13 - Which team did Ferrari supply with engines in the 1991 season?

Question 14 - Who was Gilles Villeneuve's team mate in the 1980 season? (Name the driver?)

Question 15 - In which year did Michael Schumacher become the only driver in Formula One history to finish in the top three in every race of the season? 

[PART 4] The Belgian Grand Prix - Did You Know (FACTS)

On This Day in Formula One - 21 August

Future F1 driver Johnny Herbert's career was thrown in doubt after he was caught up in a huge accident at Brands Hatch in an F3000 race. Herbert's legs took the brunt of the impact and he was lucky not to lose one of his feet. He astonished doctors with his determination to recover and despite still struggling to walk properly, he finished a heroic fourth on his F1 debut for Benetton in Brazil in 1989.

A biography of Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was pulled from publication after legal wrangles and allegations against the author by Ecclestone, according to a report in London's Times newspaper. Among several claims made in the book, is that the donation of one million pounds to the British Labour Party before the last election was an attempt to ensure Formula One was exempted from the banning of tobacco advertising, a claim which Ecclestone denies: "I gave the money because I was asked to by a third party," said Ecclestone. "I've always been Tory, though I actually think now that all Blair has been as prime minister is watered-down old Conservatism."

Bernie Ecclestone continued his expansion of his Formula One Empire as Istanbul played host to the first ever Turkish Grand Prix. The new circuit proved an instant hit and Kimi Raikkonen went on to take victory from Fernando Alonso and Juan Pablo Montoya. McLaren had looked set for a certain 1-2 but Montoya ran wide on the final lap and let Alonso through after damaging his undertray a lap earlier.

BMW Sauber ended months of speculation by confirming Nick Heidfeld would remain alongside Robert Kubica at the team for 2008. "Both Nick and Robert have delivered very strong performances in the course of this season. They have played a decisive role in enabling the BMW Sauber F1 Team to firmly establish itself as the third best team in Formula One," said BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen.


Wednesday 20 August 2014

On This Day in Formula One - 20 August

The last major grand prix before the war was staged at Bremgarten in Switzerland, and in a bid to lure the Italians into taking part and challenge the all-conquering Germans, the organisers ran the race in two heats, one for Voiturettes and one for GP cars, with the best from each going to a combined final. On a slippery track, Mercedes dominated with Hermann Lang, that year's European champion, winning the race, three seconds ahead of Rudolf Caracciola, and German entries occupied the top six places. But the performance of Nino Farina, whose Alfa Romeo came seventh but ahead of several of the more powerful Mercedes and Auto Union entries, took the plaudits for a courageous drive.

It was Michael Schumacher's turn to step up his rehabilitation when he got behind the wheel of his Ferrari for the first time since his crash at Silverstone resulted in a broken leg. Schumacher tested alongside Mika Salo and Eddie Irvine at the team's Mugello circuit. He limped a little when he got out of his Ferrari after he completed one lap, but after a pause he drove four more laps.

Renault announced that its driver line-up of Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso would remain unchanged for the following season. "This driver line-up provides us with the perfect balance," said team boss Flavio Briatore. "Next year will be Jarno's eighth season in Formula One, and everybody knows he is an extremely fast, competitive racing driver. Fernando has more than justified the faith we showed in him last year, and is maturing with the team as he acquires experience at the highest level."

It had been a decade since Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer had entered an F1 grand prix, but he got his chance when Felipe Massa suffered a serious injury at the Hungarian Grand Prix. A planned comeback by Michael Schumacher stalled when the former champion was sidelined by a neck injury, and so on this day the team announced Badoer - whose record between 1993 and 1999 was no points from 48 starts - would be in the No. 2 car for the European Grand Prix . Eyebrows were raised, and doubts were justified when he was more than two seconds behind team-mate Kimi Räikkönen in practice at Valencia, also incurring four fines for speeding in the pit lane. In the race itself he came 17th out of 18 finishers, and in Belgium he was 14th out of 14 finishers. Enough was enough and Ferrari brought in Giancarlo Fisichella for the Italian Grand Prix.Badoer blamed the negative media coverage of his driving for Ferrari's decision to replace him. The reality was he was simply far too ring rusty.


Tuesday 19 August 2014

[Part 3] The Belgian Grand Prix - DID YOU KNOW (FACTS)

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On This Day In Formula One - 19 August

 in Italy but was raised in England who competed on British circuits before heading to the USA in 1915 where he won that year's US Grand Prix and then the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup as well as finishing second at the Indianapolis 500. In 1916 he won the Indy 500 as well as the Vanderbilt Cup for the second time and a series of other top races. The cessation of racing caused by World War One curtailed his success, but he made a comeback in 1923 with mixed success. He died in 1924 at Brooklands, where his career had started, when a security belt broke, puncturing a tyre and sending him spinning out of control.

Ronnie Peterson on his way to win the 1973 Austrian Grand Prix.
Ronnie Peterson won the Austrian Grand Prix from Jackie Stewart and Carlos Pace as Emerson Fittipaldi's title hopes all but ended. Needing a good result to close the gap to Stewart, Fittipaldi looked in good shape with five laps to go after team-mate Peterson waved him through into the lead. But his Lotus then suffered a split fuel pipe and the Brazilian had to stop, moving Stewart up to second. Stewart's six points left Fittipaldi with a deficit of 24 points with three races remaining, a virtually impossible task.

Home fans left the Osterreichring happy after Niki Lauda won the Austrian Grand Prix . Having qualified fourth, Lauda made a poor start and dropped a place but was soon up to third by lap 9. And when Alain Prost spun on oil, Lauda was up to second and chasing race leader Nelson Piquet. And he scrambled ahead on lap 40 when the pair came up to lap Michele Alboreto's Ferrari, who finished third.

Nico Hulkenberg was born in Emmerich am Rhein, Germany. Dubbed 'the baby Michael Schumacher', Hulkenberg's record prior to joining Williams underlined his talent. Juggling his commitments with his Williams testing duties, Hulkenberg took pole in his first race and finished sixth in the GP2 Asia series despite only competing in four races. The following season he progressed to the full GP2 series, where he wrapped up the championship at the penultimate round at Monza, the first time the series had been won before the final round. Like the seven-time world champion, Hulkenberg is also managed by Willi Weber.

Michael Schumacher WINS his fourth drivers' title
Michael Schumacher led home team-mate Rubens Barrichello at the Hungaroring to cap off a record-breaking weekend for Ferrari. The victory sealed Schumacher's fourth drivers' title, tying him with Alain Prost, and he also equalled the Frenchman's record of 51 grand prix victories. The 1-2 finish also meant that Ferrari won the constructors' title for a record 11th time. It was not all Ferrari, however, as Mika Hakkinen recorded the 25th fastest lap of his career.


Monday 18 August 2014

[Part 2] The Belgian Grand Prix - DID YOU KNOW (FACTS)

On This Day In Formula One - 18 August

Stirling Moss won the first ever Pescara Grand Prix in Italy, on the calendar after the cancelations of the Belgian and Dutch GPs. Ferrari did not bother to send cars for Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins, partly because Juan Manuel Fangio had already secured the title but also in protest against Italian government moves to ban road racing. So it became a battle between Moss' Vanwall and the Maserati of Fangio, Moss winning after Fangio spun on oil left by Luigi Musso's privateer Ferrari.

Carlos Reutemann wins the 1974 Austrian Grand Prix.
Carlos Reutemann won the Austrian Grand Prix from Denny Hulme and James Hunt. Having qualified second, Reutemann took the lead at the start and never looked back. While Reutemann carried on serenely at the front, cars were dropping like flies behind him, Scheckter, Lauda, Peterson, Pace and Fittipaldi all falling by the wayside.

Italian driver Andrea de Cesaris lived up to his nickname of 'Andrea de Crasheris' at the Austrian Grand Prix when he had another spectacular accident, his Ligier going off the circuit and somersaulting several times. Although he walked away mercifully unscathed, a shaken De Cesaris was promptly sacked by Guy Ligier on his arrival back at the pits. "I can no longer afford the services of this young man," Ligier is reported to have said. Alain Prost went on to win the race.

Rubens Barrichello led home Michael Schumacher for an easy 1-2 as Ferrari secured another constructors' title. In an uneventful procession of a race, Ralf Schumacher finished third and the only excitement came when Mika Salo was given a 25-second post-race penalty for an unsafe pit stop while trying to stay ahead of Pedro de la Rosa.


Sunday 17 August 2014

[Part 1] The Belgian Grand Prix - DID YOU KNOW (FACTS)

On This Day In Formula One - 17 August

The first British fatality as a result of a car came at Crystal Palace when 44-year-old Bridget Driscoll was run down by Arthur Edsall's imported Roger-Benz. "At the inquest, Florence Ashmore, a domestic servant, gave evidence that the car went at a 'tremendous pace', like a fire engine - 'as fast as a good horse could gallop'," the Times reported. "The driver, working for the Anglo-French Motor Co, said that he was doing 4mph when he killed Mrs Driscoll and that he had rung his bell and shouted."

Nelson Piquet was born on this day.
Three-time Formula One World Champion Nelson Piquet was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although he won the last of his titles for Williams in 1987, Piquet is always associated with his title wins at Brabham in 1981 and 1983. Interestingly, Piquet was a name invented to conceal his racing from his family as his birth name was Nelson Soutomaior.

Ferrari secured a dominant 1-2-3 at the Dutch Grand Prix with Alberto Ascari leading home Giuseppe Farina and Luigi Villoresi. Having qualified third, Mike Hawthorn was up to second in the early stages but eventually finished fourth.

Italian Vittorio Brambilla scored his first grand prix victory at the Austrian Grand Prix from the British duo of James Hunt and Tom Pryce, who secured his first ever podium. Having qualified eighth, Brambilla slithered his March through the field and into the lead past Hunt on lap 19. Conditions deteriorated to such an extent that eventually the organizers were petitioned to stop the race. The chequered flag was shown and Brambilla in his excitement lost control of his car and crashed. He was able to rejoin and completed his victory lap with the front end of the car in a state of considerable disrepair.

Jean-Pierre Jabouille won the Austrian Grand Prix for Renault from the Williams duo of Alan Jones and Carlos Reutemann. Jones jumped into an early lead but soon had the yellow Renaults swarming all over the back of him and by lap 4, both were through with Arnoux leading. A clutch problem dropped Arnoux back down the field and Jabouille was just able to fend off Jones on fading tyres by the finish.

Alain Prost on the Podium after winning the 1986 Austrian Grand Prix.
Alain Prost won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring a week after Formula One's first visit to Hungary. The Benetton-BMWs of Teo Fabi and Gerhard Berger qualified on the front row and set off into the distance but soon both were out with mechanical problems. When Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet both also retired, Prost was left leading the Ferraris of Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson and that is how it stayed.

Jenson Button's future was once again in the news when it was announced that he would be loaned by Frank Williams to the Benetton team for two seasons as Colombian Indycar sensation Juan Pablo Montoya stepped in. "I will always be eternally grateful to Frank Williams and Patrick Head for giving me my great opportunity in Formula One," said Button. "I have some unfinished business at Williams."


Saturday 16 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 16 August

It had been six years since F1 cars had visited the Zeltweg circuit and home favourite Jochen Rindt plopped his Lotus 72 on pole at the stunning venue. But it was to be Belgian Jacky Ickx, who started on the second row, who took the win from Ferrari team-mate Clay Regazzoni as Rindt retired early with an engine failure.

Jacques Laffite won the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Rene Arnoux and Nelson Piquet. Laffite benefitted from the retirement of Alain Prost to move up to second late in the race and executed a good passing move to pass Arnoux on lap 39. All in all, a good race to watch for French F1 fans.

Five years earlier and Mansell was at it again, this time winning the Austrian Grand Prix. Mansell had been handicapped slightly after having a wisdom tooth removed before practice, allowing team-mate Nelson Piquet to take pole. After two crashes and two red flags, Piquet led Mansell until lap 21 when the Englishman battled past and remained in front for victory. McLaren driver Stefan Johansson was lucky to escape with a cracked rib after crashing heavily after hitting a deer in practice.

Ayrton Senna celebrates the with Nigel Mansell as he becomes the World Champions.
Source: Sutton Images.
Nigel Mansell finally achieved his dream of becoming Formula One World Champion when he finished second in the Hungarian Grand Prix to Ayrton Senna. Mansell had twice come within touching distance of the title in 1986 and 1987 and was again runner-up in 91. He dominated the 1992 season, clinching the title in only the 11th race of the season, setting a new record for winning the title in the least number of grands prix since the 16-race season was adopted. The Hungarian Grand Prix also marked the final race for the famous Brabham name, the team struggling for money and rife with political infighting.

Michael Schumacher wins  the 1998 Hungarian GP.
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Michael Schumacher won the Hungarian Grand Prix to close the gap in the championship between himself and Mika Hakkinen to just seven points. Hakkinen and McLaren team-mate Coulthard had occupied the front row but Schumacher set an alarming pace, making the most of a three-stop strategy to get the jump on the two-stopping McLarens.


Friday 15 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 15 August

Manfred von Brauchitsch racing the Mercedes-Benz W125 at the 1937 Donington Grand Prix.
Manfred von Brauchitsch, who was born on this day in Hamburg, was one of the great drivers of the legendary pre-war Mercedes team. Nicknamed Pechvogel - the unlucky fellow - he would have achieved more with a more circumspect approach, but that was never his style. After a inauspicious start with Mercedes, he won the 1937 Monaco Grand Prix and the 1938 French Grand Prix at Rheims, a victory followed by a near-death incident when his car was engulfed in a fireball at a pit-stop. In the war he worked for the armaments ministry, and that allied to the family connections with the army made things hard for him after 1945. He tried and failed in business, and in 1953 he was arrested on suspicion of treason against the federal republic. On his release he defected to East Germany, partly to avoid massive debts, where he became head of the country's motor sports association. After unification he made occasional appearances at Mercedes events where his haughty demeanour was still in evidence. At the time of his death in 2003 he was the oldest man alive to have driven in a grand prix and the last to have won one before the war. He had little time for modern racing, dismissing the modern Formula One drivers as "overpaid pimps".

Swiss driver Jo Siffert won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring to secure his second F1 victory. It would prove to be his last as he was tragically killed in a non-championship race at Brands Hatch later that year.

Another English driver, John Watson, also secured his maiden grand prix on this day by winning the Austrian Grand Prix. Victory marked the first and only win for the Penske team and legend has it that Watson was forced to shave off his beard after the victory, having promised Roger Penske he would if the team won a race.

The build-up to the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend was awash with rumours that Ayrton Senna was in advanced talks with the Williams team for a drive in 1994. On track, it was business as usual with Alain Prost on pole from team-mate Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher's Benetton. Prost stalled on the parade lap and had to start from the back, handing Hill an initiative he was not to squander, taking his maiden grand prix victory by over a minute. With Schumacher and Senna forced to retire, Riccardo Patrese finished second ahead of Gerhard Berger's Ferrari. Derek Warwick was fourth in his Footwork.

Mika Hakkinen needed a win in Hungary to close the gap to Eddie Irvine in the drivers' standings and qualified on pole ahead of the Ulsterman. Hakkinen established a clear lead and the race developed into a fight for second as David Coulthard began to reel Irvine in. In the closing laps, Irvine cracked under pressure and slid wide, allowing Coulthard through to the delight of his McLaren team-mate.

Michael Schumacher celebrates his 2004 Hungarian Grand Prix victory.
Michael Schumacher won the Hungarian Grand Prix at a canter from Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello to take his 82nd career victory. In doing so, Schumacher broke his own record for wins in a season at 12. It also gave Ferrari its sixth successive constructors' title.


Thursday 14 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 14 August

Jack Brabham won the Portuguese Grand Prix from Bruce McLaren to extend his lead in the championship over the New Zealander. A promising young Scot by the name of Jim Clark finished third to secure his first of many podiums and the race was also notable for John Surtees taking his first pole position.

Alan Jones wins the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix in a Shadow.
The Shadow team gave many talented drivers their F1 break including Peter Revson, Jean-Pierre Jarier and Tom Pryce. The team debuted in 1973 and secured its only grand prix victory in at the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix with Alan Jones securing his first win in Formula One. Jones had qualified well down in 14th but sliced through the field in the early laps on a wet circuit as lesser drivers struggled with the conditions. Having overtaken Hans Stuck and Jody Scheckter to move up to second, Jones could make little impression on race leader James Hunt but lap 44 Hunt's engine suddenly blew and Jones drove on to an unlikely victory.

Alain Prost won the Austrian Grand Prix to extend his lead in the drivers' championship over Nelson Piquet, who finished third in his Brabham behind the Ferrari of Rene Arnoux. The race also marked Ferrari's 100th pole position, Patrick Tambay starting at the front of the grid.

Enzo Ferrari, founder of the most emotive and successful team in the history of Formula One, died aged 90. The 'Old Man', remained in charge of the team which he founded in 1947 until his death.

Michael Schumacher on the podium celebrating his victory.
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Michael Schumacher won the Hungarian Grand Prix from Damon Hill and team-mate Jos Verstappen, who claimed his first F1 podium. Mika Hakkinen served a one-race ban for his part in the first-corner pile-up in Germany but Schumacher led from start to finish to extend his lead over his title rival to a massive 31 points. Verstappen's podium finish marked a welcome return only two weeks after he walked away with minor burns from the frightening pit fire in Hockenheim.


Wednesday 13 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 13 August

David Bruce-Brown was born in New York City on this day. His career started when as an 18-year-old he bluffed his way into a drive and his natural talent was soon evident. He won the American Grand Prize in 1910 and 1911 and also competed in the 1911 (finishing third) and 1912 Indianapolis 500s. He was killed during practice for the 1912 American Grand Prize.

Emerson Fittipaldi won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring from Denny Hulme and Peter Revson after passing Jackie Stewart for the lead on lap 24. The victory gave Fittipaldi a lead in the championship of 25 points with only three races remaining meaning that Hulme would need to win all three without Emerson scoring a point to beat the young Brazilian to the title.

Ronnie Peterson won the Austrian Grand Prix after a chaotic start caused by a sudden downpour just as the race was about to get underway.
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Widely regarded as one of the best drivers never to win the world championship, Sweden's Ronnie Peterson won the last of his ten grand prix victories at the Austrian Grand Prix, winning from Patrick Depailler and Gilles Villeneuve. Peterson took ten victories in an eight year F1 career but tragically died a month later after complications arising from a straightforward operation on broken legs sustained during a crash at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Nigel Mansell makes the move stick to pass Ayrton Senna for the win.
The 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix will forever be remembered for a brilliantly opportunistic manoeuvre by Nigel Mansell's Ferrari on Ayrton Senna's McLaren that secured him victory. On lap 58 the pair came up to pass backmarker Stefan Johansson, experiencing gearbox problems in his Onyx. As the leaders arrived behind the Swede his problem struck again and as the Onyx slowed unexpectedly, Mansell swerved to the right of Senna and nailed his man.

Damon Hill romped to a straightforward victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, leading home team-mate David Coulthard for a Williams 1-2. Michael Schumacher looked destined to finish second in his Benetton and was hunting down Hill when he was forced to retire with a fuel pump problem. Despite his retirement, Schumacher still led the championship by eleven points from Hill. The race also saw a bizarre incident involving Japanese driver Taki Inoue. His Footwork had broken down by the side of the track and when he climbed from his car, he ran straight into the path of a marshal's car which promptly knocked him over and injured his leg.