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[Car home race] After experiencing the 2011 season when the Red Bull Racing team is dominated and the championship has no suspense, the news of “Finnish Iceman” Raikkonen's return to F1 has obviously become a blockbuster, making domestic and foreign media and cars The fan group instantly exploded. However, in the 62-year history of F1, Raikkonen is not the first world champion to return. Lauda, Prost, Mansell, and Schumacher have all temporarily left F1 for various reasons, but afterwards they They all chose to come back again. These drivers are legendary figures in F1, and their stories are worth reading.

The first F1 champion to come back-Nicky Lauda

Lauda is a three-time F1 world champion, and his name is also closely related to the “fire mask”. On August 1, 1976, at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Lauda drove a Ferrari 312T2 out of control and crashed into a wall and ignited a raging fire. His head was severely burned. Since then, the “fire mask” has become F1. The equipment that the rider must use. Even more surprising is that after only two Grand Prix games, the strong Lauda returned to the game with a blood-stained face. His return is considered a model of bravery in the industry.

Video of Lauda's crash in 1976 (starting from 2 minutes 05 seconds)

Lauda entered F1 in 1971. During his 13-year F1 career, he has played for five teams including March, BRM, Ferrari, Brabham and McLaren. Lauda won the first F1 world championship in 1975. After the 1976 accident, he won two more F1 world championships in 1977 and 1984. Lauda has won 24 pole positions and 25 championships in the 177 F1 Grand Prix races he participated in.

Lauda was not successful in the first few years of F1, and it was not until his fourth year in F1 that he finally ushered in a turning point. Lauda joined the Ferrari team that year and won his first championship. For the Ferrari team, after experiencing the ups and downs of the 60s, Lauda's arrival made it truly a super team. Had it not been for the terrible fire in 1976, Lauda would have staged a hat-trick and won the three-time F1 world championship from 1975 to 1977. Even in the year when he missed two Grand Prix games with an injury, Lauda won the runner-up of the year by only one point.

However, the relationship between Lauda and the Ferrari team took a turn for the worse due to the strike of the final battle in 1976. At that time, Lauda refused to participate because of the weather affecting safety. Ferrari was extremely dissatisfied with this. The following year, Lauda, who won the championship trophy early, announced that he would leave Ferrari at the end of the season. In 1978 and 1979, Lauda had two unsatisfactory seasons. On September 30, 1979, Lauda announced his retirement. He said that he was tired of “driving in circles”.

After leaving F1, Lauda re-runs his own airline. In 1982, because the new company needed financial support, Lauda returned to F1 and joined the McLaren team. Two years later, Lauda stood on the podium of the world champion for the third time. At the end of 1985, Lauda announced his retirement again, and he still often appeared in the F1 paddock after leaving the cockpit of the car.

The second F1 champion to return-Alan Prost

Prost is a four-time F1 world champion and he is known as a “professor”. His “smart” driving style is impressive. Prost is known for his precise and calm driving style. At the beginning of the race, he often protects the brakes and tires. At the end of the race, he will push the car to the limit according to the competition situation or initiate a challenge, or protect the car to pass the finish line smoothly. So Prost is one of the smartest F1 drivers.

Prost made his first F1 appearance in 1980. During his 13-year F1 career, he has played for McLaren, Renault, Ferrari and Williams four teams. Prost won his first F1 world championship in 1985, and in 1986 he once again ruled F1. In 1989, Prost won his third F1 world championship. In 1991, Prost, who was playing for the Ferrari team at the time, was fired because of his dissatisfaction with the team. After waiting for a year, Prost once again dominated the F1 car world to win the fourth world championship. Prost has won 33 pole positions and 51 races in 202 F1 Grand Prix races.

Prost's name is often associated with Senna, the “god of cars”. He is Senna's biggest competitor in his life. At the 1989 Japan Grand Prix, it was the moment to decide who would win the world championship between the two McLaren teammates. They collided in the race, Prost retired and Senna was deprived of the championship. This collision also directly led to Prost's transfer to the Ferrari team.

In 1990, the two collided again at the Japan Station, and Senna later admitted that his initiative to crash into Prost was premeditated. After retiring from the Ferrari team, Prost returned to the Williams team a year later and won his fourth world championship. Williams announced that Senna would be recruited under his command in 1994, and Prost chose to retire after many considerations.

Heroes cherish heroes. When Prost retired, Senna admitted that his fighting spirit was due to Prost. When Senna returned to Imola, Prost said that part of himself was dead, because he was connected with Senna's career and life.

The third F1 champion to return-Nigel Mansell

Mansell was the F1 world champion in 1992. Fans called him the “Lion” because of his fearless and tenacious racing style. At the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix, Mansell's car had a gearbox failure on the final lap of the race, but he did not give up. After pushing the car to the finish line with difficulty, he lost consciousness and fainted to the ground.

On the other hand, Mansell's unruly character made him make countless enemies in F1. When he was in the Lotus team, the team manager Wall at the time ridiculed him. In the Williams team, Mansell was always ridiculed by his teammate Piquet. After arriving at Ferrari, he and his teammate Prost were not happy with each other.

Lotus team boss Chapman was Bole of Mansell and made him an F1 driver at the age of 28. After 72 games of hard work, Mansell won his first championship at Williams. In 1990, Mansell, who played for the Ferrari team, announced that he would withdraw from F1 after the end of the season. However, after repeated persuasion from the Williams team boss, he gave up the idea of retiring and returned to the Williams team. In 1992, at the age of 39, Mansell finally won the world championship at Williams and set a record of 14 pole positions in a single season. This record was not broken by Vettel until a few weeks ago.

In 1993, Mansell withdrew from F1 due to disagreements with the team on annual salary and teammate issues. He moved to the US Indy and won the championship. In 1994, Senna died unexpectedly during the race. Williams persuaded Mansell to return to F1 and replace Coulthard, who was still a newcomer at the time, to participate in the French Grand Prix and the last three races of the season. Mansell won his last Grand Prix victory in the final battle.

In 1995, Mansell ended his F1 career at McLaren. In 15 years of ups and downs in F1, he has played for Lotus, Williams, Ferrari and McLaren four teams. Mansell has won 32 pole positions and 31 points in the 191 F1 Grand Prix.

The fourth F1 champion to return-Michael Schumacher

Schumacher is a 7-time F1 world champion and is known as the “king of cars”. When he first entered F1, Senna and Prost ruled the track. At a slightly frivolous age, Schumacher had a brief head-on contest with Senna. He acted in a spirited manner, and he was stained by deliberately crashing into Villeneuve. The era of competition with Hakkinen was the truly great matchup. When the dazzling star became a car fame, Schumacher almost set all records in F1 along the way. However, anyone will get old, and the rapid growth of the newcomer undoubtedly aggravated Schumacher's sense of crisis, and he chose to leave at the age of 37.

In the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, Schumacher drove his Jordan car to start his first F1 race. In the race, he only drove 40 meters before retiring due to a clutch failure. Two weeks later, Schumacher switched to the Benetton team. His first victory was in Spa in 1992, when Schumacher showed all his driving skills in rainy conditions. During his time at Benetton, Schumacher won two world championship trophies.

In the 1996 Spanish Grand Prix, Schumacher won the first race on behalf of Ferrari. This time it was still in the rain. In the 2000 Japanese Grand Prix, Schumacher brought Ferrari its first driver's championship in 21 years. From 1996 to 2006, Schumacher played for Ferrari for 11 years and won a total of five world championships.

After retiring, he continued to serve as a consultant for the Ferrari team. His work mainly included three aspects: selective participation in F1 races, testing of Ferrari civilian cars and F1 cars. However, after Massa was seriously injured in July 2009, the 40-year-old Schumacher announced his comeback to replace Massa for the first time, but only 12 days later, Schumacher announced the cancellation of his F1 comeback plan due to physical reasons. More unexpectedly, in December Schumacher announced his second comeback and joined the Mercedes team since 2010.

From 2010 to 2011, in the two seasons after Schumacher's comeback, the best result so far is fourth. As of the end of the 2011 season, Schumacher has won 68 pole positions and 91 race championships in 288 F1 Grand Prix races. Such an achievement is unmatched in F1. In the 2012 season, Schumacher will continue to compete, and we look forward to him standing on the highest podium again.

The fifth F1 champion to comeback-Kimi Raikkonen

Driver information
Rider Kimi Raikkonen
F1 active years 2001-2009, 2012-
F1 World Championship 1 time (2007)

Raikkonen was the F1 world champion in 2007. When he first entered F1, he showed calmness and composure that was not suitable for his age. His meticulous game strategy was also praised, so people gave him the title of “Iceman”. . In 2001, Raikkonen joined the Sauber team as an official F1 driver, and successfully completed his first Grand Prix and scored points.

In 2002, under the recommendation of “Finland Flyer” Hakkinen, Raikkonen entered the F1 giants McLaren team. In McLaren's five years, Raikkonen has twice passed the world champion. In 2007, Raikkonen moved to Ferrari. In this highly competitive season with Hamilton and Alonso, he won the F1 world championship. Then came two unsatisfactory seasons until September 2009, when Ferrari announced that Alonso would replace Raikkonen in the 2010 season, and Raikkonen announced his withdrawal from F1. As of the end of the 2009 season, Raikkonen has won 16 pole positions and 18 championships in 157 F1 Grand Prix races.

Raikkonen, who left F1, switched to the WRC to join the Citroen Youth Team in 2010. In 2011, Raikkonen organized his own team: ICE1 Racing. In addition, he also participated in several American NASCAR races. In September of this year, there began to be news that Raikkonen would return to F1. At that time, the “gossip” was the Williams team, but in the end Raikkonen announced to join Renault (Lotus) and returned to F1 in 2012.

Can Raikkonen, who will be 33 years old in 2012, be able to regain his glory, after all, he is no longer in the age of a driver with unlimited upside. On the other hand, the speed of Renault (Lotus) in the past two years can only be ranked behind Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and even Mercedes. It is not easy to compete with the big teams. Therefore, we can speculate that Raikkonen may not win the championship next year, and the hope of getting on the podium will be relatively small. Of course, for the majority of fans, Raikkonen's return to F1 itself is already the best result, but the results are not so important.