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Japanese Grand Prix – The 7 most memorable moments

Submitted by on October 2, 2014

Japanese Grand Prix Senna Prost 1990 Suzuka crashSuzuka has played host to 27 rounds of the Japanese Grand Prix, and has long been one of the most iconic events on the Formula 1 World Championship calendar. So popular at times that tickets have had to have been allocated by lottery, the Japanese Grand Prix rarely fails to deliver.

With the 2014 round being held this weekend, let’s take a look at 10 of the most amazing things that have ever happened at Suzuka:

1976 – James Hunt and Niki Lauda

Horrific weather conditions, a championship on the line and the famous decision by Niki Lauda to bow out of the race and hand the series to his arch rival, James Hunt. The 1976 Japanese Grand Prix will never be forgotten. Watch it all unfold in this gripping coverage.

1987 – Nigel Mansell crash

The crash that severely damaged Nigel Mansell’s back, and cost him the 1987 championship. Watch how hard the car comes back down to earth – ouch!

1988 – Victory for Ayrton Senna

Many eyes were on Senna towards the end of the 1988 season, with the young Brazilian within earshot of becoming World Champion for the first time. Things didn’t go his way at first, with a stalled start only recovered thanks to a downward sloping grid, however what followed was nothing short of racing magic. This video was taken from “Senna”, the movie.

1989 – Controversy for Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost

One of the most controversial moments in Formula 1 history – the Prost and Senna chicane moment of 1989. This video gives a side by side on-board comparison of each driver. Each made interesting choices behind the wheel in the moments leading up to the accident, but who was at fault?

2000 – Emotions run high for Schumacher and Ferrari

Schumacher wins the Formula 1 World Championship for Ferrari, the first such title for the marque in 21 years. Few videos capture the emotional side of Formula 1 like this.

2005 – From 17th to 1st, Kimi’s victorious overtake

A spectacular overtaking manoeuvre around Giancarlo Fisichella secures the race for Kimi Raikkonen in 2005, a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that Kimi started the race all the way back in 17th place.

1990 – Alain Prost taken out by Ayrton Senna

A kamikaze manoeuvre results in a high speed accident on the first turn of the first lap in 1990, netting Senna the championship.

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