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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…
Every day, Motorsport.com 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.
Every day before this year's event, Motorsport.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2011 edition of the Canadian Grand Prix was one of records, extremes, superlatives, daring moves and thrilling moments.
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.
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.
What's better than owning a Porsche 935? How about owning a Porsche 935 and a matching team support van!
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.
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.
The 1977 edition of the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix will be remembered for several reasons, good and bad.
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.
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.
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.