5 Historic Formula One Moments: Lewis Hamilton's Victory, Niki Lauda's Return, And More
Tatler looks back at some of the most historic F1 moments in history.
As they say, a rough road leads to the heights of greatness and these racing drivers will go to lengths for that sweet victory. Expect a whole lot of noise, smoke, fireworks, and colour making each race full of action.
Check out some of the historical highlights of the sport below:
Lewis Hamilton's victory
After surpassing Timo Glock's Toyota, Lewis Hamilton sped off to win his first world championship title in the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. He was running fourth on the grid, rain began to pour and he dropped to the seventh spot. It just didn't seem like Lewis' day—until he crosses the line in fifth. Although Felipe Massa reached the finish line, Lewis beat him to the title by one point.
Ayrton Senna's last race
Ayrton Senna has always been a risk-taker. A year after bagging another title, the legendary Formula 1 driver didn't know that he would be driving his final lap in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. It was a heartbreaking sight to see: the medical team ran to Ayrton's side after smashing the Renault to a wall. Unfortunately, when Ayrton was rushed to the hospital, he still didn't make it.
Niki Lauda's return
Niki Lauda, the driver whose life was also featured in the movie Rush, was not one to give up. Just six weeks after getting dragged to safety from his burning Ferrari at Nürburgring in 1976, Niki shocked the world when he returned on the road with scars he acquired from that fateful day. But this did not stop the three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion from finishing fourth at the 1976 Italian Grand Prix.
Michael Schumacher's emotional win
Michael Schumacher claimed his sixth win of the season when he was declared victorious at the 2000 Italian Grand Prix. "I'm just happy, I'm just exhausted," Michael said during the press interview. Then, he was asked about achieving his 41st Formula 1 win—numbers equal to the late Ayrton Senna's win—seconds before bursting into tears. Blood, sweat and tears—it was all worth it in the end.
Kimi Raikkonen taking the last lap
Kimi Raikkonen became the world champion during the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix after that momentous last lap. Kimi has always done things differently and it certainly paid off. It was a tough race between Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. All Kimi needed was the last lap—and he conquered it.