F1 is a procession, the critics say, with no heroes or gladiators anymore and all the overtaking done in the pits – but it has not always been thus, as this feature highlighting the 30 greatest wheel-to-wheel, no-holds barred duels in the sport's long history goes to show.
Over the next three days, we will be bringing you video footage of some of the most thrilling battles ever witnessed on grand prix tracks right around the world, and fought by legends such as Gilles Villeneuve, Ayrton Senna, Tazio Nuvolari, Juan-Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Jim Clark, Michael Schumacher and many, many more.
Beginning with the earliest – a showdown that pre-dated the official inception of the world championship, all the way back in 1935 – here we trace some of F1's finest spectacles from Tazio Nuvolari's epic German Grand Prix victory on arch-rival Mercedes' home turf, right the way up to the naturally-aspirated/turbocharged tussle between Alan Jones and Prost at Hockenheim almost half a century later.
We will bring you further highlights from 1982 to 1992 on Saturday, and from 1993 right the way up to the present day on Sunday, so make sure to keep checking back – and in the meantime, enjoy the action!
for Tazio Nuvolari vs. Manfred von Brauchitsch, 1935 German Grand Prix, Nürburgring
for Juan-Manuel Fangio vs. Mike Hawthorn vs. Peter Collins, 1957 German Grand Prix, Nürburgring
for Jim Clark vs. Graham Hill, 1964 British Grand Prix, Brands Hatch
for John Surtees vs. Jack Brabham vs. Jim Clark vs. Graham Hill, 1967 Italian Grand Prix, Monza
for Peter Revson vs. Graham Hill, 1972 Italian Grand Prix, Monza