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To say that the Formula One is a spectacular event is an understatement. Let us go down memory lane and recall the greatest races in F1 history via our top 10 list, and see if yours made it. (Photo : Tolga Bozoglu – Pool/Getty Images)
We are moving fast to deliver the greatest races in Formula One history. Buckle up your seatbelts in these exhilarating finishes that we once witnessed in our lifetime. Here is our top 10 list of the most surprising F1 races. See if yours made it in.
10. Hungarian Grand Prix 2014
It was a hard-fought race in Hungary in 2014, as all racers suffered difficulties on the road. Several car crashes were recorded. We can only ponder the skills that allowed Daniel Ricciardo to conquer the uncertain terrain and finish at the top of the podium despite trailing in the early laps. Ricciardo maintained his composure to clinch the second F1 win of his career.
9. Australian Grand Prix 2010
Albert Park saw how Jenson Button took his time in ending the raw race only 2.1 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Besides Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, and Mark Webber experienced problems during the race. Still, finishing behind the biggest names in Formula One is not just a matter of luck.
8. Bahrain Grand Prix 2014
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was not sure how to peruse the desert road, but he emerged on the grand line in the most anticipated “Duel in the Dessert.” His partner, Nico Rosberg, recognized how Hamilton maneuvered his steering wheel in the craggy terrain. Six years later, he won the same Grand Prix again, but with a twist of Romain Grosjean’s fiery crash, which the French-Swiss survived.
7. German Grand Prix 2018
Lewis Hamilton was on a race of his own in the German Grand Prix 2018. The 35-year-old driver ran into the rain and slipped at the end of the finish line. The remaining 25 laps paved the way for two Ferraris to dash, but the Mercedes had the final answer in the hugely-soaked battlefield.
6. Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017
Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen might be the early birds in Baku, but to think that both of them fell behind Daniel Ricciardo was a spectacular showdown. A suspenseful race of thousand tensions and a gripping finish indeed made the Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2017 one of the most exciting races in the history of F1.
5. Brazilian Grand Prix 2012
Let’s start with Jenson Button’s win, followed by a comeback chase of Sebastian Vettel, who ended up in third place. Vettel spent a dizzy moment in Lap 1 with an unexpected spin. To think that this Grand Prix was already finished, the fans waited for Kimi Raikkonen to pull out an escapade from his road trip. Fernando Alonso jumbled the podium finish with his second-place conclusion. Lewis Hamilton failed to secure any of the top three spots due to a collision with Nico Hulkenberg.
4. European Grand Prix 2012
Sticks and stones may break his bones, but Fernando Alonso was all set and done with his finish in the European Grand Prix 2012. His Ferrari overpowered his rivals behind. Kimi Raikkonen finished second, and Michael Schumacher ended at third place, his first podium finish since 2006. Alonso started at the 11th, and when Sebastian Vettel’s engine took on rotations, he used the time to boost in the succeeding laps.
3. Canadian Grand Prix 2011
Sebastian Vettel knew that he would be the champion of this race, but a technical failure seemed to be his best friend. It only took him one error to crash the whole race, half-spinning into the sideline. Jenson Button saw the space created by Vettel and sealed the deal in Montreal. So far, this was the longest race in history at 4:04:09. It also recorded the highest number of interventions by a safety car at six.
2. Brazilian Grand Prix 2019
Max Verstappen survived a wild race in Interlagos, and no one knew what happened after the crazy F1 event. Verstappen shook his nervousness in front of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, who were the race’s fan favorites. Vettel and Charles Leclerc crashed as Lewis Hamilton shrank to seventh place after bumping Alex Albon. The dram and the intensity were on full throttle with Verstappen’s dramatic win.
1. German Grand Prix 2019
Again, Max Verstappen overcame the pressure from the glassy German floor, accompanied by the erratic weather and disturbance from the flying tires. Verstappen kept his cool and manhandled the strange tweaks and turns of the road. Fans described the Grand Prix race as a ‘horror movie’ that he vamoosed from the dark Hockenheim.
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