|1982 Monaco Grand Prix: Patrese Triumphs Amid Spills, Thrills|
|From the moment Riccardo Patrese emerged on the Formula One scene in the late-1970s, spins, accidents and over-drives was all a part of who he was at the time. There was certainly talent there, but controversy as well. At the Monaco Grand Prix in 1982, the spills and thrills would be everywhere, and yet, it would be Patrese that would come through all the wildness to take his first victory.
Riccardo Patrese would quickly earn a reputation in Formula One, and it wasn't a good one. He would be ...[Read more...]|
|1980 Belgian Grand Prix: Pironi's Star on the Rise|
|Following the outstanding performance in the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans that resulted in victory for Renault, its only victory in the 24 hour race, Didier Pironi would be considered a man to watch. On the 4th of May, 1980, in just his second season in Formula One, he would prove why.
He had to be careful to let the tactics play out. This would not be easy as the sister-car drew far away into the distance. It was the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans and Renault was still to crack the reliability and per...[Read more...]|
|1989 Indianapolis 500: Sideways to Victory|
|The tension in the final moments would be so great it would take everything within Shelley Unser to keep from breaking into a shaking fit. Two laps from the end of the race, traffic would dramatically slow Al Unser Jr.'s pace allowing Emerson Fittipaldi to close right up behind his rear wing. The two would pull side-by-side as they powered their way toward turn three. Still side-by-side heading into the turn, there would be less than 3.75 miles to go to victory, a first for either driver. But th...[Read more...]|
|An Era of Perspective|
|Everyone loves a champion. At least that is the saying. But it isn't necessarily true. Instead, everyone loves their champion. When another proves to be equal or stronger, then all reason slips through the window when judging skill.
The lamentations would resume in earnest following the dominant performance at Spa by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull. Suddenly, there was this feeling of resignation, of needing to face reality. Just when it seemed there would be a titanic battle between Ve...[Read more...]|
|1968 Belgian Grand Prix: A First for McLaren|
|McLaren and Formula One are truly synonymous. Over the course of its history, McLaren has completed 714 races and have garnered no less than 178 victories. But while McLaren and victory in Formula One are an almost certainty, the very first would be anything but a complete surprise.
In December of 1959, Jack Brabham would be leading the way in his Cooper T51 with Bruce McLaren following along not all that far behind. The final lap of the United States Grand Prix held at Sebring, Florida has j...[Read more...]|