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When Senna broke his F1 duck by walking on water

After a sensational rookie season with Toleman in 1984, Ayrton Senna was expected to make a splash with Lotus in ’85. And it didn’t take him long, as he proved in the Portuguese Grand Prix…

How Moss mastered Monaco to beat the Ferraris in ’61
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How Moss mastered Monaco to beat the Ferraris in ’61

It’s one of the greatest drives in Formula 1 history, how Stirling Moss drove an underpowered, privateer Lotus to victory over the might of the works Ferrari in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix.

How to make a huge impact in your one and only F1 start

You might know Stephane Sarrazin as a WRC regular who spent two years as a works Subaru driver, you might know him as a sportscar specialist who has finished runner-up at Le Mans on four occasions, or you might even know him as a regular in the early years of Formula E.

Why Senna felt unstoppable at Donington in 1993 European GP
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Why Senna felt unstoppable at Donington in 1993

Ayrton Senna’s victory in the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park is quite rightly lauded as one of the finest of his glittering career, and the opening lap in particular is held up as perhaps the best-ever in Formula 1 history.

The beer and curry secret of F1's last non-points race

On April 10th, 1983 a little bit of history was made when Keke Rosberg won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, the Williams driver heading home a field of just 13 cars.

How to finish second after running back to the F1 pits

The 1995 Argentine Grand Prix was a strange one for many reasons: It was the first in Buenos Aires since the Falklands War closed its previous slot on the Formula 1 calendar, local hero Carlos Reutemann demoed a pukka Ferrari in the build-up to the event, but it was another Ferrari hero who stole the show on raceday – after a terrible start.

Remember when: F1 was “like qualifying from start to finish”

The 2000 San Marino Grand Prix was a prime example of how tense refuelling-era Formula 1 could be, as Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher overcame pole-sitter Mika Hakkinen of McLaren to keep his title bid firmly on the right track. After the race, Schumacher said: “It was good fun, like qualifying from start to finish.”

Ranked! The legendary Jim Clark’s top 10 performances
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Ranked! The legendary Jim Clark’s top 10 performances

Formula 1 lost its benchmark driver of the era when double world champion Jim Clark was killed in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim on 7 April 1968. The quiet Scot nevertheless left a lasting legacy, his 25 world championship victories from 72 starts is still enough for ninth on the all-time F1 wins list.

How Senna enraged an unknowing Schumacher in Brazil

Ayrton Senna never enjoyed the best of fortunes at his home grand prix, and although he’d managed to conquer gearbox problems to win at Interlagos in 1991, mechanical issues came back to haunt him a year later – and put him squarely in the sights of Michael Schumacher. Michael, unaware of Ayrton’s problems, would hit out after the race – believing Senna had been “playing some kind of game”.

Full report: Flashback to Schumacher’s 100th F1 podium

On the anniversary of Michael Schumacher’s 100th podium finish in Formula 1, we review the 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he went head-to-head with the Williams-BMWs and, following a controversial clash with Juan Pablo Montoya, scored victory on the Ferrari F2002’s race debut.

Nelson Piquet – one of F1’s most formidable champions

Nelson Piquet was one of Formula 1’s biggest stars of the 1980s, going head-to-head with fellow legends Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna – and enjoying his fair share of success against them.

The day Senna, Brundle and Bellof made their F1 debuts

On this day in 1984, the Brazilian Grand Prix was the opening round of that year’s Formula 1 World Championship and was remarkable for the quintet of rookie drivers making their debuts. It marked the maiden grand prix starts for Stefan Bellof, Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle – as well as the less heralded Philippe Alliot and Francois Hesnault.

Archive: When Ferrari almost stopped Ford's Le Mans steamroller
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Archive: When Ferrari almost stopped Ford's Le Mans steamroller

Pole position, leading throughout and breaking the distance record suggests Ford’s second Le Mans 24 Hours victory in 1967 came easily. But that underplays Ferrari’s effort with the famous P4, as Kevin Turner explained in 2017 Le Mans supplement of's sister title Autosport.

Remembering Super GT's one-off foray into America

The idea of SUPER GT racing in the United States today seems so ambitious as to be bordering on the absurd. But the series’ forerunner did just that back in 2004 with a one-off exhibition event at Fontana.

The greatest Mercedes you've never heard of Prime

The greatest Mercedes you've never heard of

It only raced once, but the 1939 W165 could be the most remarkable of all Silver Arrows, thanks to some controversial race organising and a secret project. Kevin Turner told its story in the 29 December 2016 issue of Autosport magazine

Hill: Turning down Stewart in 1997 "broke my heart"

Damon Hill says that it “broke my heart” to turn down racing for Jackie Stewart’s new Formula 1 team for the 1997 season, but felt the move was too risky.

The first time a front-engined Honda conquered Super GT

Last year, Honda took the SUPER GT title with an all-new front-engined car, a feat that the Japanese manufacturer had pulled off 10 years prior with the exotic HSV-010 GT. Loic Duval recalls how a machine never even sold as a road car conquered its GT500 rivals.

Remembering Monte Carlo 1991 - Delecour’s delight and despair
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Remembering Monte Carlo 1991 - Delecour’s delight and despair

Lockdowns aren’t fun but it does give us motorsport fans the opportunity to dip into our archives and relive classic moments.

The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats Prime

The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats

Senna vs Prost is regularly cited as motorsport's greatest rivalry. But it can easily be argued Rainey vs Schwantz can stake that claim. That rivalry was in full swing during the 1991 500cc season, remembered fondly by both stars 30 years on...

The key mistakes behind a lost Williams title Prime
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The key mistakes behind a lost Williams title

Formula 1 history is full of should'ves, could'ves and would'ves, but it's easy to see 1991 as the greatest missed opportunity in the illustrious history of Williams, allowing Ayrton Senna to steal his last and perhaps greatest world championship title

Rainey: Schwantz doesn’t get enough credit for ’93 title

Three-time 500cc world champion Wayne Rainey doesn’t believe his arch rival Kevin Schwantz gets enough credit for his “tremendous” 1993 title win for Suzuki.

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring 24h winner Prime

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring 24h winner

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did…

The inside story of the greatest Le Mans finish
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The inside story of the greatest Le Mans finish

The 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours was dramatic right to the very end. The legendary JW Automotive team manager David Yorke gave this account of the race in Autosport’s Le Mans Yearbook, published with the 10 June 1982 issue of the magazine…

Do you remember when Hamilton last won on three wheels? Prime

Do you remember when Hamilton last won on three wheels?

Lewis Hamilton's triumph in the British Grand Prix despite a last-lap puncture is currently a unique moment in his Formula 1 career. But there was also a race from 2003 where, aged 18, he pulled off another seemingly-impossible feat…

The day Renault’s turbo engine finally came good at Dijon French GP
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The day Renault’s turbo engine finally came good at Dijon

On July 1 1979, Formula 1 history was made at Dijon-Prenois as Renault became the first manufacturer to win a World Championship Grand Prix with a turbocharged engine.

The day Button won a four-hour race after six pitstops

Jenson Button's win for McLaren in Canada in 2011 was one of the most memorable Formula 1 drives of recent times.

How Alesi battled tears to take his only F1 win

Few victories in Formula 1 have been as popular as the one that Jean Alesi delivered at the Canadian Grand Prix on this day 25 years ago.

When a Hamilton mishap handed Kubica a win
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When a Hamilton mishap handed Kubica a win

In Canada in 2008 Robert Kubica scored a memorable first victory for himself and his BMW Sauber team – but it was to prove to be a false dawn.

Race of my Life: Mika Hakkinen on the 1998 Monaco GP

The latest episode in Autosport’s Race of My Life podcast series is Mika Hakkinen on the 1998 Monaco GP, the first time he saw the chequered flag in Monte Carlo – and he won!

Watson's first great American F1 comeback drive

The first-ever Detroit Grand Prix in 1982 was an often chaotic but highly memorable event, as Formula 1 got its lucrative second race in the United States – a late replacement for Watkins Glen – to complement Long Beach way out west. McLaren’s John Watson surged through the field for a famous victory from 17th on the grid in a two-part aggregate race that was packed with incidents and overtaking.

When Senna and Bellof starred in Monaco, as Prost prevailed
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When Senna and Bellof starred in Monaco, as Prost prevailed

The 1984 Monaco Grand Prix shone a spotlight on two raw and exciting Formula 1 talents. Although McLaren’s maestro Alain Prost won the 12th grand prix of his career that day, young guns Ayrton Senna and Stefan Bellof both starred as a monsoon soaked the French riviera.

Remembering Bruce McLaren, 50 years on

On the 50th anniversary of Bruce McLaren's tragic death in a testing crash at Goodwood we recall the early days of the F1 team that still carries his name.

The day Senna was finally able to tame 'Il Leone'

On this day 28 years ago, Ayrton Senna brought Nigel Mansell's winning streak to a shuddering halt with one of his finest-ever drives around the streets of Monaco.

When a red flag ruined a Monaco GP thriller
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When a red flag ruined a Monaco GP thriller

The 2011 Monaco GP looked set for a thrilling finish with three world champions running nose-to-tail – and then a red flag ruined everyone's fun.

When Irvine stepped out of Schumacher's shadow

The 1999 Formula 1 season finished with Ferrari fielding a previously unlikely championship contender. But the first race of that campaign showed that Eddie Irvine could succeed out of Michael Schumacher's shadow

When Star Wars came to Monaco but the Force was with Raikkonen
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When Star Wars came to Monaco but the Force was with Raikkonen

The 2005 Monaco GP saw a storming drive to victory by Kimi Raikkonen – while his McLaren Formula 1 team made a big strategic call with a little help from the folks back home.

Why Villeneuve failed to repeat his father’s Monaco success

Jacques Villeneuve twice went to the Monaco Grand Prix with a car that could have won and thus allow him to emulate the achievement of his father Gilles, but instead he endured two of the worst races of his peak years with Williams.

When Stoner denied Honda the ultimate 'dream team'

On this day in 2012, Casey Stoner dropped the bombshell that he would be retiring at the end of the season. On that Thursday afternoon in France, the double MotoGP world champion shattered Honda's hopes of assembling the ultimate dream team for 2013.

How the tragedy of Elio de Angelis changed F1

Thirty four years ago Elio de Angelis lost his life after a fiery accident at Paul Ricard that should have had a less serious outcome – and from which the sport learned valuable lessons.

The high point of Barrichello's Ferrari F1 career

Highly regarded in his early Formula 1 career, Rubens Barrichello spent much of the "Schumacher era" as the clear number-two driver at Ferrari. But in 2003's British Grand Prix - which Formula 1 is streaming today - the Brazilian driver was imperious

Remembering F1's first world championship race 70 years on
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Remembering F1's first world championship race 70 years on

Today, May 13, marks the 70th anniversary of Formula 1's first world championship race.

Watch: Laps of the Gods – 1992 Isle of Man TT
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Watch: Laps of the Gods – 1992 Isle of Man TT

Available to watch on from the Duke Classic archive, relive the incredible 1992 Isle of Man TT when Steve Hislop and Carl Fogarty created history.

The strategic drive key to Hamilton's first F1 title

On this day in 2008, Lewis Hamilton took second place in the Turkish GP to keep his title challenge on course, a result for which he had to use an unusual strategy as an emergency measure

Monaco 1970: When Brabham crashed on the last lap

Fifty years ago today, Jochen Rindt won the Monaco Grand Prix after one of the most dramatic last laps in Formula 1 history. A future Indianapolis 500 winner was there to witness it, and he recounts his experiences to Adam Cooper.

Watch: A shocking moment in 500cc MotoGP history
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Watch: A shocking moment in 500cc MotoGP history

In the second installment of free episodes from's Duke archive, relive a farcical 1989 US Motorcycle Grand Prix which offers a stark reminder of how far MotoGP safety standards have come.

When Coulthard escaped a plane crash, then scored a podium

The 2000 Spanish Grand Prix was a resounding 1-2 finish for McLaren, as it bounced back from a Ferrari-dominated start to the season to get Mika Hakkinen’s title defense back on track. But the bravery of David Coulthard, to not only take part so soon after a near-death experience but to finish second, was the real talking point of the weekend.

Fuel if you think it’s over: When Senna and Prost paid the price
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Fuel if you think it’s over: When Senna and Prost paid the price

The 1985 San Marino Grand Prix is part of Formula 1 folklore, with three different leaders in the last five laps – none of whom actually won!

F1's most dominant drive of the last 25 years

In dreadful conditions, Lewis Hamilton cruised to a famous victory by over a minute from the rest of the field at Silverstone in 2008. Here's the tale of how the then-McLaren driver turned the tide in that year's title fight.

The secrets of Formula 1's six-wheeled racer

On this day in 1976, one of Formula 1’s most unique cars made its debut at the Spanish Grand Prix when Tyrrell introduced its infamous six-wheeled P34.

How McLaren and Ferrari went to war with the rules in '76

Formula 1’s epic battle for the 1976 world championship title between James Hunt and Niki Lauda will go down in history as one of the best ever.

Watch: Schumacher make his Mercedes World Sportscar race debut
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Watch: Schumacher make his Mercedes World Sportscar race debut

In this free episode from’s rich Duke Classic Video archive, relive the drama of Michael Schumacher’s first start in the 1990 World Sportscar Championship at Dijon in France – as well as a startline shunt that almost took out the pace car!

When Hill conquered Imola for Williams in memory of Senna

One year on from one of Formula 1’s darkest ever weekends at Imola in 1994, the 1995 San Marino Grand Prix was a poignant victory for Damon Hill and Williams, who beat the Ferraris of Jean Alesi and Gerhard Berger on an emotional day for all concerned.

The day the other Schumacher arrived

Whenever the name 'Schumacher' is uttered, few people immediately think of Michael's younger brother Ralf, a six-times GP winner in his own right. In Michael's injury-induced absence, he stepped out of the shadows in the 1999 European Grand Prix - which Formula 1 is live-streaming today - with a fine drive that quelled many doubters.

How Lauda won F1's closest ever title battle

On this day in 1974, Niki Lauda took his maiden Formula 1 victory for Ferrari at the Spanish Grand Prix. It was the first triumph of many for the legendary Austrian.

When Kubica triumphed, and Alonso was targeted by Brawn

‘Bang!’ And then… ‘thud!’ The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix was a non-stop rollercoaster of an event to cover from inside the Formula 1 paddock, and with plenty happening off track already that weekend, an audible crunch of carbonfibre (shortly followed by another one) was its latest zany corkscrew moment.

The grand prix that Toyota should have won

On this day 11 years ago, Toyota arguably should have been celebrating its first win in Formula 1. But the team instead ended up squandering Jarno Trulli's pole position and one of its last chances to safeguard its future in grand prix racing,

The day that Coulthard truly earned his home-race glory

David Coulthard’s victory in the 1999 British Grand Prix had rather fallen his way, helped by McLaren teammate Mika Hakkinen’s retirement when a wheel flew off and Michael Schumacher’s brutal exit at Stowe that broke his leg. Twelve months later at Silverstone, DC would win again – this time, without any gifts from rivals.

Remembering Formula 1's last aggregate race

Damon Hill's battle with Michael Schumacher for victory in the 1994 Japanese GP - which is being live-streamed today - at times more closely resembled a time trial than a conventional race due to a quirk in the rules that meant the event would be decided on aggregate times. At the height of the title fight, the outcome was a classic

The day Button scored his “best win” – until next time!

Reigning champion Jenson Button declared the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix to be “my best victory in Formula 1” – at least until his next win, in Canada a year later!

How Senna’s early Pacific GP exit raised his Benetton suspicions

Ayrton Senna’s Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 was one of the shortest of his illustrious career, the great Brazilian getting punted out of the race at the first corner by Mika Hakkinen. But what happened next only heightened his suspicions that rival team Benetton was using some form of illegal traction or launch control on its car.