F1 » In memory of ... F1's closest finish

Will Saunders looks back at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix, the final slipstreaming classic at Monza which resulted in F1's closest finish in history

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September 01, 2014 1:05 PM

I know they will never bring back the famous banked section (not in this day and age of ridiculous legislation and regulations) but they should leave the fast part of the track well alone. In the US they have "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" (Indy500) which is still a dangerous flat out speedway but at least they still have it with speeds of 230mph+. In F1 there is relatively not much to look forward to apart from Belgium (Spa), Sliverstone and Monza - at least what is left of these iconic circuits.


September 01, 2014 10:27 PM

I was born too late for this one, but I do recall the 82 Austrian GP which must be the second closest, Keke Rosberg losing out to Elio De Angelis by 5 1000ths of a second, as a Williams fan my heart was pumping for that one.


September 03, 2014 9:09 PM

My memorable drivers in F1 were Ronnie Peterson, Jochen Rindt and Gilles Villenueve due to the fact that every lap was a race and they never gave up whatever machinery they were driving!!!


September 04, 2014 4:14 AM

In the surrounding of Milan, in the park of Vialle Reale lies the Autodromo di Monza which is the best of the best and the best of what a racing circuit should or to be raced on, be it in 1922 or in 2014. There is not much more or else to say but to wish Monza to always stay on the F1 calendar forever.

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