[Auto House Race] Is there such a person in your heart? He was the first driver you admired when you watched F1 when you were young. Aile, even cut out his photos from newspapers and magazines to fill your room. Even though 10 or even 20 years have passed and the driver of that year has already retired, this time of star chasing is still a treasure in your memory. Below, let us miss those F1 world champions that we have chased in the 90s.
1. Elton Senna
Senna is one of the greatest drivers in the history of F1. Although he has passed away for nearly 18 years, he has left us with memories of classic races, which makes us love and miss him more and more.
People will never forget that there was a black weekend in the history of F1 when the bloody Imola took the life of the “car god” Senna.
★The perfect lap created by Senna at Suzuka Circuit in Japan in 1989 and our memory of him
2. Michael Schumacher
Schumacher is the most successful racing driver in F1 history, he has won a total of 7 world championship trophies. In addition to the title of “Car King”, Schumacher also has the title of “Rain God”.
Schumacher's victory in the rain is far more than that. The peak duel between Schumacher and Hakkinen in Japan in 2000, and the overtaking in the rain at Malaysia in 2001 and China in 2006 are also classics. However, anyone will get old, and the rapid growth of the rookie undoubtedly aggravated Schumacher's sense of crisis, and he became famous when he chose to retire at the age of 37. After retiring, Schumacher continued to serve as a consultant for the Ferrari team, and three years later he chose to come back. The difference is that this time Schumacher did not choose the dazzling red, but became the driver of the “Silver Arrow” Mercedes-AMG team.
★Car King Schumacher's top ten competitive moments
3. Mika Hakkinen
“Car King” Schumacher once ranked Häkkinen as the strongest opponent in his career, and the reticent man from Finland won two world championships with his amazing speed. Like many racers, Häkkinen also worked in a small team when he first entered F1. Later, he met Bole in his career-McLaren team boss Ron Dennis, who brought him into the McLaren team and, like his father, trained Häkkinen step by step.
Hakkinen, who played for McLaren for the first time, defeated his teammate Senna, who is already a three-time world champion, in qualifying. After Senna's transfer, Häkkinen became McLaren's number one driver. However, he still lacked experience at the time. In the German race, Häkkinen was suspended for one game because of a vicious accident involving 10 car collisions.
Soon after, Häkkinen had the idea to retire. After nine years of playing for the McLaren team, Häkkinen announced his departure from F1. Later, Häkkinen represented the Mercedes-Benz team in DTM competitions for 3 seasons. At the end of 2011, Häkkinen also came to Zhuhai and drove an SLS AMG car to participate in the Le Mans Intercontinental Cup.
★Schumacher once said that Häkkinen was the only driver he was afraid of. Let's take a look at the “cooperation” of this former opponent.
Four, Nicky Mansell
British driver Nicky Mansell is a typical desperate Saburo. In order to race, he quit his job as an aeronautical engineer and sold his house and most of his property. On the other hand, Mansell was seriously injured many times during the game and was almost paralyzed, but he still continued to participate in the game.
Mansell only became an F1 driver at the age of 28. The only thing he did in his entire racing career was to drive hard. At the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix, Mansell’s car had a gearbox failure on the last lap of the race, but He didn't give up. After pushing the car to the finish line hard, he lost consciousness and fainted to the ground.
In the first few years of entering F1, although Mansell's speed was very fast, his performance was not stable. After 72 games of hard work, Mansell won his first championship at Williams. However, when the ever-improving Mansell and the extraordinary Piquet became teammates in 1986, a nightmare began, and the team's internal fighting also caused heavy losses to the team.
At the age of 39, Mansell finally won the F1 World Championship with the Williams team. The following year he moved to the American Indy race and won the championship again. Later, Mansell took part in a few games full of F1 and didn't really retire until he was 41 years old. After leaving the field, Mansell became a businessman.
Five, Alan Prost
French racing driver Alain Prost is known as a “professor”. He is a four-time F1 world champion and has a brilliant mind and the best driving skills. Although Prost’s rational driving style is considered by some people to lack passion, in the early stages of the race, he often drives in a smooth manner to protect the tires and brakes, and in the latter part of the race, he will push the car to the front of the scene. Challenge the limit, or continue to protect the car to pass the finish line smoothly.
Prost has been participating in F1 competitions since he was 25 years old. On his debut, he won the first points of his F1 career. A year later, Prost won the first F1 championship in the country. Later, in a qualifying match in heavy rain, Didier Pironi ran into Prost from the rear. Pironi was seriously injured and had to end his racing career. From then on, Prost was extremely sensitive to rainy racing.
The race was delayed for 45 minutes due to heavy rain. Prost, who started from pole position, was first overtaken by Mansell, but the latter only led the race for 5 laps before hitting the retaining wall and retiring. Although Prost returned to the lead, Senna was about to catch up. As a result, Prost constantly waved to the event officer to indicate that the game should end early, and indeed the officer showed a red flag to announce the termination of the game due to weather. Although Senna surpassed Prost in the final moments, according to the rules, the termination of the game should be decided according to the order of the previous lap, so Prost won the championship.
Prost had a terrible start, which dropped him from pole position to third. Subsequently, Prost was punished by the tournament with 10 seconds for taking a short cut, which dropped him to sixth. Since then, Prost rallied back to the second position. Fortunately, the leader Hill punctured and retired when he was less than two laps from the finish line, putting Prost on his 51st and final podium. After retiring, Prost formed his own team to participate in F1 races in 1997, but the team was disbanded in 2001.
Six, Damon Hill
British driver Damon Hill is the son of the late two-time F1 world champion Graham Hill. They are the only father and son in F1 history who are both world champions. Damon Hill is also a late bloomer. He was 32 years old when he entered F1. After 5 years of hard work, he finally won the only F1 world championship trophy in his career at the age of 36.
Damon Hill initially participated in motorcycle racing. At the age of 25, he started his low-level formula racing career with the help of sponsors. It was not until the age of 33 that Hill finally joined the Williams team and owned a competitive car. Powerful F1 car. Damon Hill has won the most beautiful races in his F1 career, including the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix and 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.
The race started in heavy rain, and Damon Hill, who ranked second, followed Michael Schumacher. However, due to the heavy rain, drivers continued to skid off the race, and the race would have to dispatch a safety car to lead the race. As soon as the race resumed, another car rushed out of the track and injured a staff member. The race will then show a red flag to stop the race. After discussion, the race started again under the leadership of the safety car. At this time, Damon Hill tried to surpass Schumacher on the track many times, but failed. Then Hill used the pit stop strategy to rise to the first place, although Schumacher all the way Catch up, but in the end it was Hill who kept the lead to the end.
At that time, Hill was driving an uncompetitive Jordan car. It was also a rain battle. Two safety cars and one red flag. Only 8 of the 22 cars started and finished the race. In such a chaotic situation, up to Mon Hill finally won the race by driving calmly and playing steadily, which became his last championship.
Seven, Jacques Villeneuve
Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve comes from a racing family. His father is the late Ferrari famous F1 driver Giles Villeneuve, and his uncle is an Indy racer. Affected by his family, Jacques also became a racing driver, and with his excellent performance in the Indy race and a great family name, he entered the Williams F1 team.
Jacques Villeneuve not only won the qualifying pole position, but also almost won the race in the race. But due to the oil spill and the team's instructions, he had to slow down and let his teammate Damon Hill surpass himself, and he kept the runner-up position. After a strong start, Jacques Villeneuve became the rookie of the year with 4 championships in his F1 debut season.
The following year, Jacques Villeneuve went a step further and won a total of 7 championships. That year's final battle was a race that all old car fans will never forget. First of all, in the qualifying timed by a thousandth of a second, the top three drivers (Jacques Villeneuve, Schumacher and Frentzen) actually made exactly the same lap time. In the race, Villeneuve was deliberately collided by Schumacher when he surpassed Schumacher. Villeneuve, whose vehicle was damaged, slowed down significantly in the subsequent race and finished in third place. However, for this malicious attack on his opponent, Schumacher was punished by the FIA deducting all annual driver points after the race, and Villeneuve successfully won the driver's championship title. This year he was only 26 years old.
Unfortunately, the good times did not last long. In the following seasons, Villeneuve's performance plummeted and he lost his competitiveness ever since. In the five years of playing for the British and American F1 teams, he has not even won a championship. In 2004, since no team signed with Villeneuve, he briefly bid farewell to the stadium. Later, he represented Renault and Sauber again racing again, but the results were still not satisfactory. After leaving F1 again, Jacques Villeneuve moved to Le Mans and Nazca. In 2010, Villeneuve had hoped to return to F1 by forming a team, but unfortunately he failed.
Summary: The greatness of a driver is largely because he has a strong opponent. In the last decade of the last century, Senna's tit-for-tat confrontation with Prost and the direct dialogue between Häkkinen and Schumacher far exceeded contemporary F1. But time flies. When the hero goes away, F1 has become a world for another group of people, and we can only relive the F1 world champions we chased in those years through memories.