You know you’re working in a good (admittedly remote) office when an email for writers’ favourite races goes out and all the replies come flooding in within five minutes.
Spanning the globe and a whole number of different eras, it’s amazing what memories stand out, be they individual driver performances or tiny details like the way one driver leant his head into a corner. There’s even a near-riot in NASCAR in our list.
Let us know which was your favourite in the comments below.
2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Whereas my colleague Piers Ward’s favourite race of all time was a Formula 1 grand prix that his father took him to as a young fan, mine is a Formula 1 grand prix that my father casually suggested I watch as a kid bored on a Sunday with no knowledge of motorsport.
“A British driver could win the F1 title for the first time in years this afternoon,” he said. “Why don’t you give it a watch?” That driver was a young Lewis Hamilton in just his second season for McLaren and “in years” referenced Damon Hill’s triumph two months before I was born.
Naturally, I didn’t yet understand the technicalities of F1, but the sight of 20 stealth fighters on wheels shooting off in unison, to the soundtrack of screaming V8s and the barely measured excitement of the commentary, reignited my latent interest in cars instantly.
A coming-together at turn two, although tragic for David Coulthard in his final race, added to the drama and therefore the appeal for me. The concept was simple for me to grasp: Hamilton, lining up in fourth, simply had to beat the Ferrari of Felipe Massa at the head of the grid if the big trophy were to be his, and indeed our country’s.