Category: Grand Prix Drivers

Jochen Rindt

In the record books he is notable for being the only posthumous World Champion. But before he was killed Jochen Rindt had carved himself a memorable niche in the small but select category of heroes whose voracious appetite for raw racing was demonstrably apparent in a daredevil driving style that was both thrilling and worrying…



Tim Mayer

Brother of future McLaren team principal Teddy Mayer, Tim could effectively lay claim to being the first McLaren team driver hired by Bruce in the early years, joining the New Zealander to drive one of Bruce McLaren Motor Racing’s specially built 2.5-litre Cooper-Climax single seaters in the 1964 Tasman Series. Mayer had started racing in…



Alberto Ascari

It was May 22, 1955, and the European and Monaco Grand Prix was reaching its most exciting moment. Alberto Ascari was straining every sinew in his body, and in his Lancia D50, to catch up with race-leader Stirling Moss’s Mercedes Benz W196. It was the 77th lap, and he was winning back two or three…



The best driver never to win a Grand Prix

Making his Grand Prix debut at the age of 19 back in 1963, most of his contemporaries agree that this mild-mannered Kiwi was certainly one of their most feared and respected rivals in the late 1960s and early ‘70s and his career was certainly rich in action and variety. Chris Amon never grasped the Grand…



Ayrton Senna – A Minute Error of Judgement

Monte Carlo Grand Prix, May 15, 1988 If the Monaco Grand Prix was held anywhere other than through the streets of Monte Carlo, it would be rejected out of hand by everyone connected with the Formula One circus. The road surface leaves a lot to be desired, the width is ludicrous in places, some of…



Senna’s greatest Monaco lap dissected

Jo Ramírez and Gerald Donaldson explore the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix weekend wherein Senna in the McLaren Honda MP4/4 touched both his greatest high and a devastating low. There are of course a few drivers in history who in their heyday routinely bagged Formula 1 poles and wins. There also is by now a motley…



SENNA: The IndyCar Test

Back in 1992, Ayrton Senna tested Team Penske’s race-winning 1992 IndyCar, the Penske PC-21 004 at Firebird Raceway in Arizona with his friend Emerson Fittipaldi. This short documentary by motorsport reporter Marshall Pruett and director Travis Long was put together to tell the story of the event for its 25th anniversary late last year. “He…



Charles Leclerc, the next elite driver?

There is something a little bit special about Charles Leclerc. It is too early to class him as a Michael Schumacher or Ayrton Senna, but he has shown flashes of an elite driver with an ability to drag a car further up in the finishing order during a race than it deserves to be. And…



Remembering Jim Clark

Sunday April 7th, 1968 It was an April day like any other April day. Dull, overcast with intermittent showers. In England the motor racing fraternity’s attention was focused on the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch. A six hour race for Sports cars. The grid was filled with Porche’s, GT40’s, Lola-Chevrolet’s and Ferrari’s. Much interest surrounded…



Maldonado exits F1

Pastor Maldonado has confirmed that he won’t be on the grid in 2016 after losing his Renault race-seat. Maldonado was expected to race for the team this season, Renault’s first back in the sport as a works outfit, and was confirmed alongside Jolyon Palmer. But with his sponsorship from oil company PDVSA on the line…