Still three races in the new Formula 1 season – and the premier class of motorsport can celebrate an outstanding anniversary: the 1000th Grand Prix since its founding in May 1950. The new motorsport book of the kicker (since Wednesday this week at the kiosk) dedicated to this Fact a big focus. This includes a comprehensive review of legendary rain battles.
The best and the mayflies – they are the ones who have left their mark on many of the 132 Formula 1 races on a wet track. Five riders won their only Grand Prix in the rain: Olivier Panis (1996, Monte Carlo), Gunnar Nilsson (1977, Zolder), Vittorio Brambilla (1975, Zeltweg), Jean-Pierre Beltoise (1972, Monte Carlo) and Johnny Parsons in 1950 at the Indy500, which at the time was part of the Formula 1 World Championship. Conversely, among the greatest drivers of the 69-year-old Formula 1 history, a whole series that proved their outstanding talent for the first time with a victory ride, just as the sun was striking: Sebastian Vettel about 2008 in Monza, Michael Schumacher in his victory debut in 1992 in Spa-Francorchamps, Ayrton Senna 1985 in Estoril, James Hunt 1975 in Zandvoort, Niki Lauda 1974 in Jarama or Jacky Ickx in Rouen 1968.
Memorable duel Schumacher against Coulthard in Spa
Unsurprisingly, it is the race track that experienced the most rain races: The Spa-Francorchamps, located in the Belgian Ardennes, wrapped themselves 14 times in water-soaked clouds, from which it can pour heavily from one second to the other. In 1998, it was probably the most memorable rain race in Formula 1 history in Spa. First, a mass crash immediately after the start for the largest car cemetery, which ever spread on a Formula 1 track, then crashed Michael Schumacher in the thick of the spray when lapping into the rear of David Coulthard, who executed his McLaren on the ideal line in slow speed , Schumacher finished the lap on three wheels after his right front wheel tore him away, still faster than most on four wheels.
Schumacher is with 16 rain triumphs the king in the wet
Despite this bitter failure – the victory he would have been unlikely to take on this day – is Schumacher with 16 Regentriumphen the king in the wet. Closest to him are Ayrton Senna with 13 wins and Lewis Hamilton, who was already 12 times unbearable in the rain. Special feature with him: All eight rain races since Suzuka 2014 went without exception to his account.
It can not be denied that races in the rain are once again much more risky than on a dry track. The last death of Formula 1 began in the bad weather of Suzuka 2014. After two longer safety car phases and a break, the race was resumed. In the most arduous of sights, the Frenchman Jules Bianchi raced under a salvage vehicle that had just dealt with the recovery of stranded Sauber from Adrian Sutil. Bianchi could only be brain-dead transferred to the hospital and died nine months later in a hospital in Nice.