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How Senna’s early Pacific GP exit raised his Benetton suspicions

Ayrton Senna’s Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 was one of the shortest of his illustrious career, the great Brazilian getting punted out of the race at the first corner by Mika Hakkinen. But what happened next only heightened his suspicions that rival team Benetton was using some form of illegal traction or launch control on its car.

How the 1986 Australian GP played out in the pitlane Prime

How the 1986 Australian GP played out in the pitlane

The 1986 Australian Grand Prix was the climax of a tense title battle between McLaren's Alain Prost and Williams duo Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet - but what was it like to be involved? Autosport's technical expert TIM WRIGHT recounts his experiences...

Was Brawn's BGP 001 really the defining car of 2009?
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Was Brawn's BGP 001 really the defining car of 2009?

It's been 11 years since Brawn GP stunned the world of motorsport by winning the Australian Grand Prix on its debut. But with the benefit of hindsight, we ask if the BGP 001 was really the defining car of 2009.

How heroic Herbert beat the F1 pain barrier in Rio debut

Making your Formula 1 debut is hard enough, but when Johnny Herbert began his grand prix career – which would go on to produce 161 starts, three victories and seven podiums – his whole future in the sport hung in the balance.

Remembering Junior Johnson: The 1960 Daytona 500 in his own words

First published in Autosport magazine in its "Race of my Life" series, this is the account of the 1960 Daytona 500 that the legendary Robert Glenn Johnson Jr kindly gave to me when I met him in 2010. He was Grand Marshal for the 500 that year, and his car took a ceremonial lap ahead of the race (pictured). Rest in peace, Junior.

Retro: The day Hakkinen “kicked Senna’s ass” at McLaren Portuguese GP
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Retro: The day Hakkinen “kicked Senna’s ass” at McLaren

The 1993 Portuguese Grand Prix was significant for a number of reasons – not least Alain Prost’s announcement that he was retiring from the sport, the day before he wrapped up his fourth world title. But it was a big weekend for a young Finn called Mika Hakkinen, too…

Flashback: The Prost/Senna collision that shook the world

Thirty years ago today, it happened: Lap 47 of the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix and Ayrton Senna lunges to the inside of McLaren teammate – and Formula 1 World Championship rival – Alain Prost. What happened next would not only cause huge controversy at the time, and define that year’s title, but spark a fire that would rage for years.

How the Toyota Supra legend was forged

The Toyota Supra name is returning to the SUPER GT grid next year after 15 years away, and given the success of the original car the new machine will have a tough act to follow.

Horner recalls meeting Senna after sneaking into pits

Red Bull Formula 1 team principal Christian Horner has revealed that as a teenage kart racer he met his hero Ayrton Senna at Silverstone – but only after he snuck through a hole in the fence.

Retro: How Jean Alesi rocked F1 at Paul Ricard 30 years ago

Thirty years ago an exciting young French talent not only swept to the Formula 3000 title but rocked F1 with Tyrrell too. Charles Bradley reminisces with Jean Alesi on 1989…

Le Mans legends: Watch how BMW won as Mercedes flew in 1999

Every day, invites you to rediscover a milestone edition of the greatest endurance race in the world, the Le Mans 24 Hours. Today, it’s the turn of the jaw-dropping 1999 event.

Le Mans legends: How Aston Martin claimed victory in 1959

Every day before this year's event, invites you to rediscover a milestone edition of the greatest endurance race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Today, it’s the turn of 1959.

Berger's untold stories of life racing against Senna Prime

Berger's untold stories of life racing against Senna

Having entered Formula 1 at a similar time and joined him at McLaren, few are in a better position to shine a light over the racing career of Ayrton Senna, both on and off the track, than Gerhard Berger.

The Minardi star with a six-wheeled love affair

Ex-Formula 1 racer Pierluigi Martini has a special place in the hearts of Minardi fans – after all, he was the driver with whom the team made its F1 debut in 1985, scored its first point in 1988, and recorded its only ever front-row start in 1990. This diminutive but larger-than-life character has his own racing love affair, however: his pride and joy is an ex-Ronnie Peterson Tyrrell P34.

When Karthikeyan nearly won the Macau Grand Prix

Narain Karthikeyan was en route to victory in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix in 2000, before crashing out from the lead of the race. We cast a look on the weekend Karthikeyan first captured the attention of the international motorsport fraternity.

Gallery: BMW's history at Le Mans 24 Hours

BMW is returning to Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since 2011 after signing up for a full campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

How Arjun Maini nearly won the British F4 title in 2014

We recall Arjun Maini’s breakthrough 2014 season in the BRDC British F4 series, where he nearly beat a Mercedes Formula 1 protege to the elusive title.

When Ron Dennis took over the McLaren F1 team

At the end of the 1980 season, a young and ambitious owner of a Formula 2 team made the news by taking control of the prestigious McLaren Formula 1 team.

The first appearance of wings on Formula 1 cars

The first wings appeared on Formula 1 cars back in 1968, although these elements has been seen before on other race cars of other categories.

When Gilles Villeneuve contested his first Grand Prix with McLaren in 1977

A few years ago, René Fagnan had the opportunity to chat with the man who attended the car entered by Team Marlboro McLaren in 1977 for Gilles Villeneuve who contested his first Grand Prix.

Gallery: Schumacher, Raikkonen decide the title in Japan, 2003

Fourteen years ago - October 12, 2003 - the Japanese Grand Prix was the race that would decide the outcome of the drivers' world title, with Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen being the contenders.

Gallery: 17 years ago, Michael Schumacher took the world championship for Ferrari

In the fall of 2000, Michael Schumacher delivered for the Tifosi. After 21 years since 1979, he fetched the world Formula 1 title for Ferrari. We present a gallery on this momentous achievement.

Retro: The story of two little-known Japanese F1 cars

As the current Formula 1 machinery gets ready to tackle the daunting Suzuka circuit, the timing is right to recall two relatively unknown Japanese F1 teams of the ‘70s.

Why Aston Martin has an F1 legacy to repair Prime

Why Aston Martin has an F1 legacy to repair

Red Bull and Aston Martin have extended their Formula 1 alliance. Is this the first step towards Aston making amends for its short (and dismal) F1 record? Kevin Turner is your history guide...

Gilles Villeneuve’s very first driving course

Every aspiring race car driver must follow a driving course, a high-speed driving training programme course should we say, to obtain a racing licence. Gilles Villeneuve, the great Ferrari driver, was no exception.

F1's greatest cars: Brawn BGP 001

Ross Brawn's eponymous outfit Brawn GP had a fairytale Formula 1 debut in 2009, clinching both the drivers' and the constructors' championship. We recap one of the most remarkable stories in F1.

Remembering Force India's maiden podium in 2009 Belgian GP

Eight years ago, Force India claimed a shock podium finish at the Belgian Grand Prix, nearly upsetting Ferrari for a maiden win. We reflect back at this classic race.

F1's greatest cars: McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13

With or without the controversial 'four-wheel steering', Adrian Newey's McLaren MP4/13 has asserted itself as one of the greatest Formula 1 cars ever made.

F1's greatest cars: Jordan 191

Michael Schumacher made his debut behind the wheel of a Jordan 191 in 1991. But there are several other reasons why this car is regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

Didier Artzet: The French F1 talent that slipped through the net

Sam Smith recalls the story of Didier Artzet, one of the most naturally gifted drivers to fail to make it to Formula 1 at a time when many of his countrymen ascended the ladder all the way to the summit of the sport.

F1's greatest cars: Ferrari F2002

Piloted by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, the Ferrari F2002 is one of the most successful F1 cars of all time.

How Force India's predecessor team nearly took a surprise win

At the 2007 European Grand Prix Spyker's (now Force India) Markus Winkelhock staged a surprise story on his Formula 1 debut. We reflect back at his heroics.

2011 Canadian GP - Jenson Button beats Sebastian Vettel on the last lap

The 2011 edition of the Canadian Grand Prix was one of records, extremes, superlatives, daring moves and thrilling moments.

1995 Canadian GP - The day Alesi scored his maiden F1 win

Rene Fagnan looks back on the day when Jean Alesi captured his first and only Formula 1 victory in Montreal, on the day of the Frenchman's 31st birthday.

1991 Canadian Grand Prix - Mansell gives away victory to Piquet

The victory at the 1991 Formula 1 Grand Prix was within reach for Briton Nigel Mansell, but the Williams driver ruined everything with just two kilometres to go.

The inside story of Alonso’s first Indy debut

F1 star Fernando Alonso suits up for the Indy 500 next week, but nearly 16 years have passed since his first run at Indianapolis. Here’s what he told Dan Carney in 2001…

Amazing Porsche 935 and matching support van for sale

What's better than owning a Porsche 935? How about owning a Porsche 935 and a matching team support van!

1981 Canadian Grand Prix - Gilles Villeneuve never surrenders

The 1981 Canadian Grand Prix saluted what was to be Jacques Laffite’s sixth and final win in Formula 1, but the race will always be remembered for Gilles Villeneuve’s heroic drive.

1978 Canadian GP - Stunning home victory for Gilles Villeneuve

On a freezing day of October 1978, Canadian Gilles Villeneuve scored his maiden Formula 1 Grand Prix victory in front of his home crowd in Montréal.

1977 Canadian GP - Gilles Villeneuve’s first race with Ferrari

The 1977 edition of the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix will be remembered for several reasons, good and bad.

Retro 1991: How the Jordan F1 team was born

Twenty-six years ago, Irishman Eddie Jordan created his Formula 1 team and produced one of Grand Prix racing's most iconic cars, the stunning 191. Rene Fagnan looks back with the team's marketing director Mark Gallagher.

1973 Canadian Grand Prix - A race of confusion

The 1973 Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Mosport Park turned out to be the strangest and most controversial of all.

Gallery: Remembering Jim Clark

On April 7, 1968, Jim Clark tragically lost his life in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim in Germany. 49 years after his death, we look back at his illustrious career through images.

Jack Brabham won first Canadian F1 Grand Prix in 1967

For a horde of Canadian motorsport enthusiasts, the best way to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary in 1967 was to stage a round of the prestigious Formula 1 World Championship.

30 years ago: The drivers and teams of F1 1987

The world title was decided by Nigel Mansell's practice crash at Suzuka, and Nelson Piquet went on to claim his third F1 crown. Here were the runners and riders of F1 1987...

Gallery: The drivers and teams of F1 1997

One of the toughest title duels in recent Formula 1 history had a controversial ending 20 years ago. Here are the 29 drivers...

Gallery: The drivers and teams of F1 2007

Ten years ago, Formula 1 served up a thrilling season. The title race went down to the wire, and Lewis Hamilton burst on to the scene with McLaren. These were the 27 drivers...

Interview: How F1 winter testing was performed 40 years ago

With winter testing for the 2017 Formula 1 season just under a month away, Rene Fagnan spoke to renowned designer Frank Dernie to see how pre-season preparations were done 40 years ago.

Jack Brabham won the first Canadian GP on this day in 1967

The first edition of the Canadian Grand Prix was held on this day, August 27, back in 1967. Sir Jack Brabham, driving one of his cars powered by a Repco engine, captured victory.