F1 » Six of the Best: Attritional Races

With F1 returning to the streets this weekend, Crash.net columnist Will Saunders explores those races where the circuit took its toll on the result.

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September 18, 2013 11:13 AM

I think the 2007 European Grand Prix should have had a special mention. It was pretty amazing how many cars slid off in the wet, at the exact same spot! Couldn't believe it!

Though I suppose it was 13 of 22 that finished.


September 18, 2013 7:06 PM

I reckon Monaco 1990 has got to be worth a mention. Of the 35 cars entered 29 would fail to see the chequred flag. As a percentage, that's good going! Five failed to pre-qualify and four more failed to qualify, giving 26 starters, of which one (Piquet) was disqualified mid-race and 18 went out (although Foitek was still classified 7th as he'd managed 72 of the 78 laps when he retired). Just six cars running at the end...


September 19, 2013 12:59 PM

The 1982 Monaco GP HAS to take the biscuit for sheer mayhem. I'm not even going to attempt to describe the carnage in the last three laps, check out professionally written reports elsewhere, but suffice to say the drivers were placed second and third didn't even finish! I have a distant friend who switched his TV off in disgust at Riccardo Patrese (seemingly) throwing away his golden chance for a debut F1 win, and not realising he'd won for over twelve months.....


September 19, 2013 1:06 PM

My normal brilliant memory deserts me for once, and I refuse to look it up, but does anyone recall the mid-80's Austrian GP when there was a startline pile-up, the race was restarted, and there was a repeat pile-up, even bigger than the first, with cars piled on top of each other?

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