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May 21, 2014 1:02 PM

F1 » In memory of... 1996 Monaco GP, F1's Wackiest Race

@odubbryer - i feel like the 'fewest ever finishers' angle just edges '96 ahead of '82 in the bizarre stakes, but '82 was undoubtedly one of those unique races that only monaco can produce. i also remember a line from an old autocourse annual about how the lap chart in '82 was just a series of parallel straight lines until the rain shower, which probably gave me an unfair prejudice about the excitement levels of the first 90% of the race... @exloko - senna-esque. not senna-equalling or senna-beating. it was a great pole lap in a vastly inferior car to the drivers he outqualified that day. senna will always be the monaco benchmark, but that doesn't mean that the performance of other drivers can't be compared to ayrton (especially given the '88 parallel of subsequently crashing out of the race after such a dominant quali performance).


October 28, 2014 1:48 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: F1 Comeback drives

@kostas / taipan - another great choice. if it was the best six comeback drives from my lifetime that certainly would have been on the list. as it was, i felt the cases of clark and fangio showed different kinds of comeback, and watson and schumacher better and more dramatically covered off the 'low starting position recovery drive' style of comeback.


August 06, 2014 9:53 AM

F1 » Six of the Best: One-off winners

@mustafur - completely agree - especially at the '97 spanish gp (do any other races contain the names of drivers as semi-tmesis?). panis, prost and bridgestone were a potent combo that year - i would have loved to have seen him with that car in austria/hungary that year (other races where the bridgestones performed really strongly). i would certainly have included him, but having featured monaco '96 twice before in this column i thought i'd try and avoid over-repitition.


August 05, 2014 1:45 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: One-off winners

thanks for all the feedback, and glad you're enjoying the piece. in defence of including maldonado, i consciously wanted to consider the different types of one-off winners. the unanimous decrying of pastor in these comments seems to indicate that we're likely all in agreement - maldonado is probably the weakest driver to ever win a race (and all of his career peripherals back that up). as many of you have noted, there are many more drivers who were either cut down in their prime or deserved to win more races - but maldonado's win strikes me as as so outrageously anomalous that it has to be looked at. a genuine case of lightning striking once, and a performance that he'll likely never repeat nor come remotely close to. i can't think of many other case studies where a driver became had such an isloated epiphany as a weekend world-beater..


July 16, 2014 9:45 AM

F1 » In memory of ... Stefan Bellof

@squiggle - i can only apologise for my lack of in-depth knowledge of the internal wranglings of the stones in the 1960s. although 'barbarian' may be the best insult i have ever, or will ever, receive/d. kudos. fully agree on bellof though. being unfortunately too young to have seen villeneuve/bellof, there are very few drivers since who have demonstrated such an attacking style and visible sense of hustle.


March 26, 2014 6:03 PM

F1 » Six of the Best: Ugly ducklings

@sodesu - thanks! and all very good points. i think the brabham's combination of rounded 'bullet' nose and colour scheme upsets me on some intangible level. it just beat out the pacfic PR01 for an early 90s backmarking car that not only looked horrible, but also just plain slow. and the cosworth 4wd was an absolute corker - it looks like something out of a bond villain's lair. if only it had made ever made it off the test track.. i might raise my head above the subjective parapet and do a 'best liveries' later in the season. off the top of my head the benetton B193, jordan 191, williams fw36, any jps lotus and the jaguar R1 spring to mind (clearly i have a thing for green), but sure there are many other fond favourites worthy of consideration..

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