Williams – those blue or blue and white cars, at least that is how they have looked in these past few years. But it hasn’t been that long ago that Williams painted their cars red. They used red liveries for 2 years back in the nineties. Can you recall when was that ? What drivers drove for the teams in those 2 years ?
Here are few pictures that might help …
It has been announced yesterday that the F1 teams will be testing slick tyres during the upcoming test in Jerez. So the slicks are returning to the place where they featured last time, 10 years ago at the European Grand Prix 1997 in Jerez. And what a race it was… It was the final race of 1997 season, with Schumacher leading Villeneuve by 1 point …
Famous qualifying – 3 drivers recorded identical time in qualifying for the first time in the F1 history – Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher and Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Famous win – Mika Hakkinen won his first F1 race
Famous incident – Michael Schumecher hit Jacques Villeneuve during Villeneuve’s overtaking attempt and later got disqualified from the whole season
The race was won by Hakkinen, ahead of Coulthard (both McLaren) and Jacques Villeneuve (Williams). The 3rd place was enough for Jacques Villeneuve to claims his first and only Formula 1 Drivers Title.
Check the rest of this post for the video highlights from 1997 European Grand Prix in Jerez
April 6, 2003 – one of craziest races in the recent memory. Few 2007 GPs came close (Canada, Europe, Japan) but not close enough.
All started in October 2002 when the all team bosses came up with a “wise” cost cutting idea and voted to change the rules to limit the use of wet tyres to just one spec per event. Looks like Max Mosley has not always enjoyed monopoly on creating stupid rules. So fast forward to April 6, 2003 Interlagos circuit. Torrential rain turned the track into free flowing river at some parts but all that the teams had for their disposal that weekend were intermediate tyres. They for sure saved on the tyres, but the high speed Turn 3 became one of the most expensive car wreck centres – by the time the race finished (will come to that), there were Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari, Juan Pablo Montoya’s Williams, Jenson Button’s BAR, Antonio Pizzonia’s Jaguar and both Minardis piled up behind the tyre wall. (videos inside the article)
This Sunday 34 years ago Canadian GP was held in Mosport Park. This race is a proof, that there is a long history of mess ups in Formula 1.
The rainy and foggy weather on the race day was not exactly race worthy, however after an hour’s delay the race eventually went ahead. Ronnie Peterson (Lotus) lead the away before spinning out on lap 17. Then Niki Lauda (BRM) built a 30-second lead from Emerson Fittipaldi (Lotus). Then the mess started. After 20 laps, the track started to dry and cars began changing tyres. 54 tyre stops were counted, and the lead changed from Stewart (Tyrell) to Beltoise (BRM) to Oliver (Shadow).
This day in 2001 the Belgian GP was held in Spa-Francorchamps. Juan Pablo Montoya started the race from pole position. The race had to be restarted after Frentzen’s Prost stalled on the grid. On lap 4 Luciano Burti crashed out after collision with Eddie Irvine. Race was stopped and restarted again for 36 laps.
This day in 1990 the Belgian GP was held in Spa-Francorchamps. Total of 33 drivers took part in qualifying to get one of the 26 starting grid places. Same as this weekend in Turkey, there was a Brazilian on pole – Ayrton Senna. First and second race start resulted in accidents, only the 3rd start got the race going. Senna went on to win the race in his McLaren-Honda.
August 11, 1991 – Hungarian Grand Prix
This day in 1991 the Hungarian Grand Prix was held. Those were the old days… Thirty four drivers took part, 26 of them qualified for the race. The race was won by Ayrton Senna, ahead of Nigel Mansell, Ricardo Patrese, Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi. Everybody else finished at least a lap down.