F1 » The 30 greatest F1 duels of all time (Part I)


In the first in a three-part series to run over the next three days, here we bring you exciting and entertaining archive footage of some of the greatest wheel-to-wheel duels ever to be fought out in the world of F1...

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FooAtari .

October 15, 2010 3:14 PM
Last Edited 1286 days ago

Much better then that it is now gaaz.

The cars of the late '60s look totally stunning. And some great drives by Jim Clark, IMO the greatest F1 driver ever. Although I'm not sure 1964 at Brands is a good example of close racing... Clark totally dominated.

And I can't beleive didnt include the 1971 Italian Grand Prix where the top 5 were seperated by less than 1 second at end of race...
youtube.com / watch?v=0VB8Ry5kKjQ

JJJ

October 15, 2010 4:45 PM
Last Edited 1286 days ago

Great stuff. Especially the vids from the 80s. Being able to follow one another so closely and being able to fight back after being overtook. It's like all the goodness of MotoGP action with all the awesomeness of flamethrowing F1 cars.

Nowadays you have to be at least a second faster per lap to have any chance at overtaking so when someone finally gets it right he just disappears into the distance. I only started watching every race in 2000 (Yes, I'm a real diehard fan, I watched through countless of Shuey snorefests without even being a fan of Ze Zjerman) and it's a terrible shame we don't see anything like this anymore. Kill the diffusers and put the rear wings on a strict diet STAT.

107SS2009

October 15, 2010 5:56 PM

Really great stuff, we need more stuff like it on this site.
Re the heading GREAT DUELS of which there were many they should be divided in two, THE GREATEST DRIVES/VICTORIES and THE GREATEST DUELS which means bing, boom bang.
The greatest victory is said by many a historian to belong to JUAN MANUEL FANGIO driving a Maserati 250F in the 1957 German Grand Prix.
The greatest duel, and this was a real bing, boom, bang is said by many a historian to belong to RENE ARNOUX'S (Renault RS10 1.5L V6 twin turbo) and GILLES VILLENEUVE (Ferrari 312T4 3L flat 12) this race was the 1979 French Grand Prix at Dijon.

Hotastotus - Unregistered

October 15, 2010 6:33 PM

I would love to see all the aero nonsense dropped & cars go back to a single plain wing at front & back - and the chance of more & better overtaking.

The cars look far far nicer too.

richard

October 15, 2010 8:22 PM

sunny. i agree. i saw a re run of that race recently. te two cars passisng and repassing on every corner, banging wheels, all crossed up. i notice that crash.net show the finish of the race in the attached foto. wonder why they did not include this. maybe it will be in part 2

107SS2009

October 16, 2010 3:58 AM

Richard, as I already said a long time ago over here I remember having to wait a week or two for the BP 7mm black and white silent reel/film to arrive so that we could see a race at that time as there wasn't TV system yet but we would have already followed the race on radio, the great race/victory by Fangio 53 years ago was unbelievable, Fangio left the pit lane in 3rd place 48 seconds behind Collins who was second and he won the race in the next 10 laps or so.
As to the other great race at Dijon Rene Arnooux's said “please note the difference from the blab of today” I KNOW I'D BEEN BEATEN BY THE BEST DRIVER IN THE WORLD.

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