There have been some unforgettable moments across the motorsport globe in 2017 and has been there to tell the story. After a long and frantic year of action, we have put together a selection of the most memorable moments throughout the season.

Following part one on Saturday that detailed Haydn Cobb's moments of the year, Luke Smith brings you the flashpoints from his racing season across a variety of racing paddocks.

F1 Singapore Grand Prix - Disaster for Ferrari in start-line crash

Ferrari’s capitulation across the three Asian flyaways late in the season proved decisive in the race for both championships, but none was a more damning blow than the start-line crash and subsequent loss at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Ferrari had looked in charge all weekend long, with Vettel charging to pole position as Mercedes struggled for pace around the tight and twisting Marina Bay Street Circuit. With title rival Lewis Hamilton starting fifth, Vettel looked poised to retake the lead of the drivers’ championship.

But rain in the lead-up to the start threw a spanner in the works. I joked to a Mercedes team member in the paddock ahead of lights out that their rain dance had worked. “It’s the only way we’re not going to come fifth and sixth,” he deadpanned.

The field peeled away at lights out through the spray, with Kimi Raikkonen making the best start of all from P4 to try and pass front-row starters Vettel and Max Verstappen down the inside at Turn 1. Vettel moved across to try and fend off Verstappen, not knowing his Ferrari teammate was the other side of the Red Bull, causing them to pincer the Dutchman and cause a major crash.

Verstappen and Raikkonen were eliminated on the spot, while Vettel managed to keep his lead for another couple of corners before spinning into the wall. Just behind, Hamilton somehow dodged the chaos to take the lead that he would convert into a crucial victory.

It was meant to be a race that Ferrari dominated. Instead, Mercedes dealt a crushing blow to the Italian marque’s title hopes, vaulting Hamilton into a 28-point lead at the front of the drivers’ championship.

Formula E Montreal - Buemi’s pit lane meltdown

Much as Vettel saw his championship hopes burn out in Singapore, there was a decisive twist in the Formula E title fight at the penultimate race of the year in Montreal when Sebastien Buemi suffered the mother of all meltdowns.

Despite missing two races in New York due to clashing commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship, Buemi entered the final round of the year in Montreal still leading the drivers’ championship ahead of Lucas di Grassi, and was the overwhelming favourite to capture a second straight crown.

But things took a twist when Buemi smashed up his Renault e.dams car in practice on Saturday, knocking the Swiss driver’s confidence. While the team worked hard to repair the car, Buemi used his second model to qualify, but would start 12th after a 10-place penalty due to a battery change as a result of the crash.

A fraught race followed for Buemi that saw him make a poor start and suffer minor damage to his car after contact. The Renault driver then became engaged in a bitter fight against di Grassi’s teammate, Daniel Abt, and accused the German of “dirty” driving. Buemi even found himself getting worked up over Stephane Sarrazin’s fair defensive moves late in the race, ultimately crossing the fourth.

Buemi then descended into meltdown in the pit lane, firstly lambasting Andretti’s Antonio Felix da Costa over the start-line clash. Da Costa was perplexed, stressing he’d not been involved - it had in fact been teammate Robin Frijns. Buemi found Frijns and let him know what he thought of his move before then fuming at Abt. It was a remarkable couple of minutes, showing the stresses of a title fight.

Things went from bad to worse for Buemi when he was disqualified from the race due to his car being underweight, giving Saturday winner di Grassi an 18-point buffer heading into the finale. He sewed up the title with ease, while Buemi was left contemplating a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.

24 Hours of Le Mans - Kobayashi’s record pole lap

Heading into this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, there was an expectation that we could see a new track record, with Neel Jani’s time of 3:16.887 standing as the benchmark from 2015.

Most thought that a mid-3:16 or, at most, a high-3:15 lap was within reach for Toyota, who immediately turned up the wick in practice and the first stage of qualifying.

Kamui Kobayashi sat on pole after Q1 before teammate Mike Conway found an additional tenth early in Q2, which was put under a red flag for 40 minutes following a crash and damage caused to one of the barriers.

The session resumed at dusk, and it was Kobayashi who immediately ventured out, taking advantage of a relatively empty track. The purple sectors soon began to come in, pointing toward a possible new track record.

Kobayashi duly delivered - but he didn’t just beat the track record, he obliterated it. Aided by tailwinds on the straights and headwinds heading through the Porsche Curves, Kobayashi was able to deliver a final lap time of 3:14.791 - the fastest ever lap at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Not only did Kobayashi beat Jani’s time, but he even broke Hans-Joachim Stuck’s average speed record of 251.815 km/h from 1985, dialling in at 251.9 km/h.

The lasting personal memory was the sharp intake of air throughout the media centre as the time appeared and the achievement became clear, then broken by one journalist shouting: “F******ck!”

Said journalist was me…

Formula 4 Malaysia - The race that no-one finished

Never did I think that I would be writing about a Formula 4 South East Asia round in my end of season highlights, but the support event in Malaysia for the Formula 1 grand prix offered one of the most remarkable races that I saw all year.

The opening F4 SEA was supposed to take place on Friday evening, only for a loose drain cover that caused Romain Grosjean’s almighty crash in second practice to cause the race to be bumped to Saturday morning.

The F4 races on Saturday therefore had to be run back-to-back, with race organisers filling all of the cars up with enough fuel to complete two races - except they got their numbers wrong!

The first race went by without a hitch, but the cars started to drop out one by one heading into the closing stages of the second race. The race first piqued my attention when I noticed three cars stranded on the main straight on the media centre TVs. Soon, just two cars remained.

The safety car was then deployed, but even at slow speed, the cars were running dry. Kane Shepherd was the only driver to make it to Lap 7, and he also hit empty coming out of Turn 2, falling one lap short of the final distance.

Ultimately, the race organisers apologised and amended the results, but it was nevertheless one of the most bizarre races you could ever wish to see.

What was your memorable moment of 2017? Let us know here!

2017 produced moments that will shine brightly in the history of motorsport and it has been a privilege and an honour to take a small part in it. Here’s to another storming year in 2018!

This list has been created from the moments in 2017 that were not necessarily the greatest or most dramatic but rather those incidents which stand out in our memory for their unique reasons. Most importantly, these moments remind us why we love the sport, both as fans and as journalists, and what made this season special.



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