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The tenth-anniversary Monaco Grand Prix Historique attracted more drivers than ever with a claim to Formula 1 fame. Adrian Newey debuted his Lotus 49 while several former F1 drivers graced the entry lists of the two 3-litre races that traditionally headline this biannual highlight on the historic motor racing calendar. On his debut in historics, Alex Caffi was the star among them, consummately taking pole in the 1973-’76 race before storming to victory on Sunday. Having fluffed his first start, the Italian was lucky when the race was aborted due to a monumental gaffe with the safety car. On his second try, Caffi made no mistake and beat Katsu Kubota to take the first F1 victory of his career.
Commemorating the 100th Indy 500 that is about to take place later this month, 8W looks at a remarkable story from one of the 99 races held up to this date. Even though we chose to focus one of the commonly known records it is one that is in fact incorrect, and kept incorrect for good reasons. The 0"043 gap between winner Al Unser Jr and second-placed Scott Goodyear is the closest finish ever recorded at the Speedway in a 500-miles race. The actual difference, however, is even smaller than that. IMS and USAC have on at least one occasion acknowledged that this is the case but generally prefer to leave this fact unknown to all, especially being secretive about the cause.
Austria had a fair number of top F1 drivers, including two World Champions, Jochen Rindt and Niki Lauda. However, it seems almost all of those who reached the pinnacle of the sport were touched by tragedy. Lauda, Berger, Marko and Wendlinger had horrific crashes while Rindt, Gartner, Koinigg and Ratzenberger paid the ultimate price for their passion. The same fate befell a young promising driver that was carving his way to the top in the international motor racing scene in 1980: Markus Höttinger. Guilherme Ribeiro explains.
Other recent stories on 8W
- Goodwood - Edwardians to the fore in crash-marred event, 74th GRRC Members' Meeting report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Spa - An old-fashioned one, 2015 Spa Six Hours report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Goodwood - The cars are the stars, with stars in the cars, 2015 Circuit Revival Meeting report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Zandvoort - Lucky stars, 2015 Historic GP report, by Mattijs Diepraam
- Montlhéry - Just when you thought you had seen it all, 2015 Montlhéry Vintage Revival report, by Mattijs Diepraam
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