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Mack.
post Aug 20 2019, 02:16 PM
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So it begins,

This thread is about what is the greatest F1 race that you've seen.

Here you vote from:

+50 to +1 on the best races in your views. You can chose up to 50 races. Or rank them from +50 onwards if there are less than 50 that you can think of.

Also you can post the reasons why you found these races great.

As we choose Buzzjack's Greatest Formula One race.

Deadline will be on: Friday 20th September
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post Aug 24 2019, 02:20 AM
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Such a tough job to chose a top 50 and even harder to order them so I've not spent too much time on the latter.

The first decision I made was to eliminate any that I didn't remember at the time, so basically anything from before 1976 was gone. Sadly this included the amazing 1971 Italian GP, which is viewable in its entirety online, and Germany 1957, which has a brilliant 'highlights' film of Fangio's best ever drive.

Frankly, jettisoning everything I'd seen retrospectively made it manageable.

Some are included purely because they are unpredictable or chaotic, some have amazing individual drives and some make it on single moments of genius.

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1998 Belgium - A race that had pretty much everything, we've all seen it. I was lucky enough to be there so colour me biased but this one was unrelentingly eventful and I have so many incidental memories.
1979 France - Jabouille won but no-one remembers that. It's all about Arnoux and Villeneuve duking it out over the last few laps.
1982 Monaco - The one nobody wanted to win as five drivers all managed to bin it on the final lap.
1984 Monaco - Senna, in torrential rain and a piece of crap Toleman announces himself to the world by catching Prost's McLaren by 4 seconds a lap before the race was stopped. Bellof was catching both.
2011 Canada - The day Jenson Button defied everything the racing gods and mother nature could throw at him to pull off one of the most ridiculous wins ever in F1's longest race.
1985 San Marino - It was a lottery of fuel consumption where 5 drivers ran out of gas. Prost just about made it over the line and won it. Until he didn't
2016 Brazil - Whilst the 2 Mercedes tried to bore everyone to death a huge downpour made everyone else look like fools. Except Max Verstappen. Who put on a masterclass in wet weather skills.
1993 Europe - In typical British barbeque weather Ayrton Senna turns in the greatest drive of his life. In a dog of a car he passes 8 cars in a single lap and never looks back,
2000 Belgium - Schumacher aggressively blocks Hakkinnen, who loses time, and reacts by taking Eau Rouge at full tilt to make a 2nd attempt only to find Zonta is in the way. Stunning move.
1994 Japan - In terrible conditions Damon Hill momentarily achieves greatness and out-races Schumacher in the wet in an absolute nail biter of a race.

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1996 Monaco - When only three cars completed the final lap, and Olivier Panis won, you know it was a cracking race.
1989 Japan - Senna & Prost collide leaving Prost as champion. Except Senna gets going again and wins, only to be disqualified on a technicality. The world still argues about who was at fault.
1976 Japan - My first F1 memory. Niki Lauda made a good point well, Mario Andretti won and James Hunt became my first ever F1 favourite. And world champion
1995 Europe - Jean Alesi was supreme in the wet on slicks, set to take a hugely popular win. Schumacher pitted and began catching him by nearly 2s a lap. It was cruel, ruthless. Sadistic even, but brilliant.
1992 Monaco - Mansell was unstoppable and everyone was asleep until a precautionary stop put him behind Senna. There followed 5 of the most exciting laps ever. 2 giants on top form.
2019 Germany - That race where Max Verstappen screwed up less than everyone else to take the win. A comedy of errors. If only Vettel hadn't started last.
1986 Australia - Mansell and Piquet go head to head in the season finale... and Prost wins. Mansell's tyre explodes and he wrestles the car to a safe stop. Had he have hit the wall he'd have been champion.
1994 Spain - There's much debate over Schumacher's best drive. Many say Spain '96, but for me, lapping equal to Hill's Williams whilst stuck in 5th gear for almost the whole race tops it... just
1991 Spain - Senna and Mansell inches apart, neither willing to give up position down that long straight. F1's ultimate pissing contest.
2003 Brazil - Webber leaves a gift for Alonso and it turns to chaos. It took a court case to decide if Fisichella or Raikkonen won. Alonso sat out the podium in a hospital bed and Fisi's car burst into flames once parked.

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1981 Spain - The Villeneuve train. On lap 14 Gilles finds himself in the lead in a poor handling Ferrari and 5 cars queued up behind him. He kept them there for over 60 laps. F1's 2nd closest finish ever.
1999 Europe - Johnny Herbert records an unlikely and popular win by simply keeping his unfavoured Stewart Ford on the track whilst everyone else falls off
1987 Britain - Nigel Mansell hunts down team mate Piquet before pulling off a stunning bait and switch move.
1996 Spain - Schumacher earns the nickname Der Regenmeister after an incredible display that saw him consistantly 3s a lap faster than everyone else.
2019 Britain - Lewis Hamilton's superior Mercedes just can't get passed Verstappen, until the team pull him in for new rubber and send him out to hunt down the Red Bull. He does so with ruthless efficiency.
1989 Hungary - Mansell qualified his Ferrari in 12th place, which he felt was beneath him. Fired up he charged through the field to take the win. The Tifosi loved it and the legend of Il Leone was born.
2007 Brazil - The title decider between Hamilton and Alonso with Raikkonen an outside chance. Both McLaren drivers lost the championship by a point.
1994 Australia - Schumacher's ban had allowed Hill to take the title down to the final race. Michael took the lead, until he hit the wall... and then Hill. It ended in tears for everyone except winner Mansell.
1995 Britain - Schumacher vs Hill crashgate pt 2. This time Hill was clearly to blame and it probably broke his reputation at Williams. Herbert came through to score his debut win after a tough duel with Coulthard.
1984 USA Dallas - Street circuit specialist Keke Rosberg wins on a day where the heat and a breaking up track claimed everyone else. Mansell famously tried to push his car over the line before collapsing.

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2012 Brazil - Jenson Button wins his final victory as Alonso looks to win his 3rd title. Vettel had other ideas and did just enough to claim it for himself.
1995 Canada - Jean Alesi was hugely popular with his exciting style but the racing gods were cruel and denied him many certain victories. They smiled on him only the once. And they did it on his birthday.
1986 Spain - Prost, Mansell and Senna in a huge 3-way duel for victory. Prost faded away and the other 2 slugged it out, finishing almost side by side. Mansell joked it was so close they should get 7 1/2 points each.
2015 Bahrain - Nico Rosberg 'strongly disliked' finishing behind Lewis Hamilton and his desire not to do so brought a new excitement to the Mercedes pair.
1982 USA Detroit - John Watson starts 17th on the grid but battles through it all to finish 1st
1990 Mexico - Prost charges through the field from 13th to win but it was Mansell's pass on Gerhard Berger, around the outside of the Peraltada, that remains the talking point.
1986 Hungary - Piquest and Senna engage in a fierce battle with Piquet delivering one of the all time great overtakes. A four wheel slide around the outside whilst allegedly giving Senna the finger.
1995 Belgium - Schumacher qualifies a lowly 16th but asserts his dominance to take the win and further cement his reputation.
2017 Azerbaijan - Perez and Ocon cause chaos and Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton tangle as road rage takes over. Ricciardo keeps his cool to win.
1995 Australia - Damon Hill was the only front runner to finish the race as everyone else acted like it was the last day of school.

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2018 Azerbaijan - The Red Bulls get racey with other with inevitable consequences. Vettel over cooks it and Bottas' tyre explodes. A sheepish Hamilton can't work out how he won the race.
2007 Europe - Markus Winkelhock leads the race for Spyker as turn 1 is re-named 'the river'. Fernando Alonso keeps it together to win.
2010 Abu Dhabi - Alonso leads the title race and Mark Webber and Vettel lie 2nd and 3rd. Hamilton an outside bet. It's cagey at first until Webber gets it wrong, Vitaly Petroc holds up Alonso and Vettel is champion.
1981 Monaco - The Loews hotel is on fire and water floods the tunnel. Piquest crashes from the lead as does Alan Jones and the crowd roars with delight as Gilles Villeneuve claims his first win in ages.
1992 Australia - Senna rams Mansell from behind and Gerhard Berger holds of the two Benettons to claim his final win for McLaren.
2019 Austria - Charles Leclerc can't quite hold on for his debut win as Max Verstappen does overtaking the old fashioned way.
2003 Britain - Barrichello fluffs the start but recovers to put in one of his best drives in an eventful race often remembered for the mad priest's track invasion.
1997 Germany - Gerhard Berger not only sticks a poor Benetton on pole but pulls off what may be his finest drive to win at Hockenheim
1996 Portugal - Jacques Villeneuve passes a stubborn Schumacher around the outside at Estoril in a glorious move.
2015 Hungary - Vettel dedicates his win to the recently departed Jules Bianchi in an eventful race.


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post Aug 28 2019, 11:56 AM
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I will be doing this at some point, just taking the time to remind myself of some of the races I really enjoyed watching (and also discovering a few I haven't seen!). I am of course going to have a recency bias so expect most of mine to be post-2008 as I was too young to remember any before that, but there will be some from before then too.
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post Aug 28 2019, 12:06 PM
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I have whittled it down to my final list of 50 so just need to rank em all now.

Similar in a way to coi I'm only going to include races I actually watched (which is 2002 onwards when I started actively following the Sport) so won't have quite the impressive array as Severin.
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post Aug 28 2019, 02:11 PM
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+50- Belgium 1998
+49- Monaco 1996
+48- Canada 2011
+47- Monaco 1982
+46- Australia 1986
+45- Europe 1999
+44- Australia 1994
+43- Germany 2019
+42- Brazil 2003
+41- Mexico 1990
+40- France 1979
+39- Britain 1987
+38- Europe 1993
+37- Brazil 2016
+36- Europe 2007
+35- San Marino 2005
+34- Austria 2019
+33- Britain 1995
+32- Australia 1995
+31- Japan 1989
+30- Brazil 2001
+29- Hungary 2006
+28- Belgium 2000
+27- Brazil 2008
+26- Monaco 1984
+25- Australia 2003
+24- Spain 1996
+23- Malaysia 2001
+22- Germany 2000
+21- Brazil 1993
+20- Japan 1994
+19- USA 2001
+18- Belgium 2004
+17- Monaco 2004
+16- USA 1990
+15- Italy 1995
+14- Azerbaijan 2017
+13- Canada 2007
+12- Britain 2003
+11- Brazil 2012
+10- Spain 1994
+9- Hungary 2014
+8- Japan 1976
+7- France 2000
+6- Belgium 2008
+5- San Marino 1985
+4- Hungary 1989
+3- Belgium 2010
+2- Europe 1995
+1- Australia 1989
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post Monday, 01:30 PM
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Extending this deadline until Friday. I hope to see more participate in this.

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I am halfway through my commentaries for this so will definitely still be partaking. I've just gotten into it a lot more than I was anticipating kink.gif
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I tried to do this but struggle to remember which race was which Iím afraid :/
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I would like to do this but would have to put a quite a bit of effort into it to remember stuff, and I've never really gone back to old championships from when I first got into F1, so would be difficult for me to include anything pre-2001 which doesn't seem right.
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Deadline extended to next Friday for you all. Even a list of 10 from 50-41 would do if you can't think of fifty. Would be great to see more if you needed help at all not remembering stuff just PM me. Cheers. smile.gif

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