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 the third and final instalment of this feature highlighting the 30 greatest wheel-to-wheel, no-holds barred duels in the sport's long history goes to show.
Today we bring you video footage of some of the most thrilling battles witnessed on grand prix tracks right around the world from 1993 up to the present day, and fought by legends such as Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill and many more.
Beginning with a three-way tussle between multiple world champions Senna and Prost – and the man who would go on to surpass both
of their achievements in the top flight, Schumacher – at Kyalami in 1993, here we trace some of F1's finest spectacles through Senna's spellbinding opening lap in the teeming rain at Donington Park later that same year, old hands Mansell and Jean Alesi going at it like go-karters in similar conditions at Suzuka the following season, the energetic, wheel-banging scrap between 'Schumi' and young upstart Alex Wurz around the narrow streets of Monaco in 1998 and Hakkinen's incredibly audacious overtaking move on the German in Belgium in 2000.
All that really remains to be said is, enjoy!
for Alain Prost vs. Ayrton Senna vs. Michael Schumacher, 1993 South African Grand Prix, Kyalami
for Ayrton Senna vs. Michael Schumacher vs. Karl Wendlinger vs. Damon Hill vs. Alain Prost, 1993 European Grand Prix, Donington Park
for Ayrton Senna vs. Alain Prost vs. Michael Schumacher, 1993 British Grand Prix, Silverstone
for Jean Alesi vs. Nigel Mansell, 1994 Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
for Michael Schumacher vs. Heinz-Harald Frentzen vs. Jacques Villeneuve, 1997 Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo
for Michael Schumacher vs. Alex Wurz, 1998 Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo