Top 10 most memorable moments at F1 United States GP
2012 United States GP marked Lewis Hamilton‘s last win for McLaren
The Formula 1 United States GP is an event that resonates with fans around the world. With a mix of thrilling races, unpredictable weather, and memorable moments, the Austin, Texas circuit has become a cornerstone of the Formula 1 calendar. After the exciting race weekend at the 2023 Formula 1 Lenovo United States Grand Prix, let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the most unforgettable moments in the history of this race.
Verstappen’s Tactical Brilliance (2021)
The 2021 race in Austin saw a strategic battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen made a bold move, pitting early, while Hamilton chose a late pit stop. In the closing laps, Hamilton closed in rapidly with fresher tires, making it one of the most intense finishes in Circuit of the Americas (COTA) history. Verstappen held on to win by just 1.3 seconds, creating a race for the ages.
Ferrari’s Nail-Biting Victory (2002)
Photo finishes are rare in Formula 1, but in 2002, Ferrari teammates Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher created one at the United States Grand Prix. Barrichello narrowly beat Schumacher by just 0.011 seconds in one of the closest finishes in F1 history.
Hamilton’s Bittersweet Farewell to McLaren (2012)
The 2012 United States Grand Prix marked Lewis Hamilton‘s last win for McLaren before his move to Mercedes. In a thrilling race, Hamilton executed a perfect move with DRS to pass Sebastian Vettel and secure the victory. This win played a crucial role in the 2012 championship battle.
The ‘NEOOOOOWW’ Fan Phenomenon (2018)
Formula 1 cars are known for their distinct sounds, and one fan in 2018 took it to the next level. During the race, a fan found a broadcasting track microphone and began recreating the sounds of F1 cars, shouting “neow” into the microphone. This humorous moment showcased the lighter side of F1 amidst all the intensity.
The Mercedes Teammates’ Cap Clash (2015)
The 2015 US Grand Prix showcased the intense rivalry between Mercedes teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. A controversial move by Hamilton during the race led to an animated post-race exchange between the two. Rosberg’s frustration was evident when he threw the second-place cap back at Hamilton, highlighting the tensions within the team.
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Mansell’s Grueling Push for the Finish Line(1984)
One of the most iconic moments in American Grand Prix history occurred in 1984 when Nigel Mansell, displaying unwavering dedication, attempted to push his Lotus across the finish line. This remarkable incident took place under the scorching Texan sun during a race that pushed both man and machine to their limits.
Turn One Chaos in Indiana (2006)
Before Austin, the United States Grand Prix was held at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2006 race started chaotically, with a massive turn-one pile-up. Multiple cars were involved in the incident, resulting in only nine cars finishing the race. Felipe Massa led the race, but the real action was behind him, culminating in a spectacular triple barrel roll by Nick Heidfeld.
The Infamous Tyre Farce(2005)
The 2005 United States Grand Prix remains a memorable but controversial event. Michelin-shod teams faced tire failures due to a high-speed banked turn at Indianapolis. While a chicane was proposed to make the race safe, Ferrari’s Jean Todt and FIA President Max Mosley opposed it. The result was a farce, with only six cars competing and Ferrari benefiting. Even with just six drivers on the track, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello had a close call.
Dancing Through the Rain: Ricciardo and Kvyat’s Pit-Lane Moves (2015)
Rain-hit qualifying sessions can lead to unexpected moments. In 2015, the United States Grand Prix experienced such conditions, with teams trying to make the most of the wet track. What stole the show was the impromptu dance-off between Red Bull Racing teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat in the soaked pit lane. It was a lighthearted moment that added entertainment to the event.
Kimi Raikkonen’s Long-Awaited Victory (2018)
Kimi Räikkönen, the 2007 world champion, ended a long winless streak when he crossed the finish line to win the 2018 United States Grand Prix. It had been 113 races since his last victory, and even the unflappable Finn couldn’t help but exclaim, “Finally!” as he thanked his Ferrari team. In a nail-biting finish, he held off Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, marking the last victory of his career.
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