Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton’s clash at the 2017 Baku GP will go down in the echelons of infamy and may tarnish a number of reputations. Also, while there have been incidents where drivers have committed questionable acts for the sake of the championship or to win, there have been a few acts of good sportsmanship in Formula One. Essentially Sports looks at the top 5 moments of Good Sportsmanship.
Schumacher pays back Barrichello
It was the scene of one of the most controversial incidents in Formula One, but it was not the first time such an incident had occurred. A year earlier, the McLaren Mercedes of David Coulthard had won the race in Spielberg, the Ferrari duo of Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher were 2nd and 3rd respectively. Barrichello was asked to let Michael pass and take P2, the Brazilian resisted until the very last corner. Fast-forward to 2002, Ferrari performed the same tactics again and asked the 2 to swap positions. Once again Barrichello resisted, but Jean Todt reminded him that it was for the Championship. This time, Barrichello let Schumacher through right at the finish line. Schumacher had no prior knowledge that the swap would take place and was equally surprised when Rubens let him past at the chequered flag. Amid a lot of booing by the fans, upset at seeing a staged finish, Schumacher insisted that Barrichello take the top step and even handed him the winner’s trophy. Later on in the season, at the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, Schumacher allowed Barrichello to pass him right at the finish line to take the win.