We all know how important it is to get a good start in Formula 1. A good race start by a contender can turn the leader into a follower. Or can push you well ahead of the fighting midfield. Over the years, we have seen that race starts can be very unpredictable in F1 and can totally decide the outcome of the race or even a drivers’ championship battle.
Here is a list of a few outrageous race starts of the modern era that are too good to forget.
Sebastian Vettel trying to overtake Max Verstappen put him on a collision course with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn has had a great start but the collision ended his run along with Vettel and Max. Chaos at turn 1 gave Lewis Hamilton the chance to move ahead and win the race.
This race is remembered because of two incidents. First, Max Verstappen won the GP in his first race in the RedBull team. And second, Teammates and title contenders Hamilton and Rosberg collided moments after the race start.
The lap 1 accident in Spa was as chaotic as it can be. Lewis Hamilton, Pastor Maldonaldo, Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez got into a series of accidents right at the start.
Ralf Schumacher’s efforts to overtake Ruben Barrichello launched him in the air at over 150mph. This launched a chain reaction taking multiple drivers out in the first lap.
When we talk about memorable race starts no list can be complete without the lap one crash that made Aryton Senna the world champion. Senna made a very aggressive start and crashed into Prost while doing so. The crash put both the world championship contenders out of the race. And handed Senna the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Title.
Coincidently the previous year during the same Japanese Grand Prix Alain Prost took the world title in a similar crash.