events worthy of April 1st

events worthy of April 1st
events worthy of April 1st
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F1 is, without a shadow of a doubt, the main category in world motorsport. And in its more than 70 years of history, deeds, achievements and even episodes have occurred that seem not to be real, but were and were recorded for eternity.

When the British GP took place in 1950, the first in the event’s life, the size that the championship would reach was certainly not expected. Much less than in the future, drivers would break records with seven titles, more than one hundred victories, more than one hundred pole positions, a driver just 17 years old competing in a race, getting five consecutive pins.

Stories like this might seem like inventions in the past, but they are a great reality. And therefore, this Monday, April 1st, known worldwide as April Fools’ Day, we have selected other events worthy of leaving anyone questioning their veracity.

All-Brazilian team

The F1 grid already had a completely Brazilian team and two big names involved: Emerson and Wilsinho Fittipaldi. The big debut took place at the 1975 Argentine GP with Wilsinho as driver and, in total, he competed in 104 stages, with second place at the 1978 Brazilian GP as his best result. Most of the competitors who ran on the team were Brazilian, some of the names being Chico Serra, Ingo Hoffmann and Alex Dias Ribeiro.

Car with six wheels

It seems incredible, but it is not. Between 1976 and 1977, Tyrell adopted the P34 on the grid, which was driven by Jody Scheckter, Patrick Depailler and Ronnie Peterson. It turns out that the single-seater was not just any one, but had four front wheels and two rear wheels, all steering, and an attempt by engineer Derek Gardner to reduce the front area of ​​the car and, thus, improve aerodynamics. Despite it seeming absurd, Tyrell still achieved a one-two victory in the 76 Swedish GP.

Victory crossing the finish line through the pits

The 1998 British GP had one of the most controversial victories in F1. In that race at Silverstone, where a naked protester invaded the track before the start and the rain played an important role, Mikka Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard would be the names that would fight for the top positions. After a calm start, conditions became more complicated as the race progressed and among the racers, Coulthard was the first to fall by the wayside. Afterwards, some more incidents happened, but Mikka and Michael remained at the forefront.

At one point, the safety car went to the track and under a yellow flag, the German Ferrari overtook Giancarlo Fisichella before the restart. As a result, he ended up being punished with a 10s stint in the pits – no drive-thru, just going to the pits, standing still and leaving. It turns out that the penalty was not informed immediately and with the race restarting, Hakkinen escaped, but remained in the race, and allowed Michael to pass.

And it was with just two laps to the checkered flag that the race management announced the punishment for Schumacher who, on orders from the team, would stop only on the last lap and cross the finish line through the pits, since if he stopped and returned to the track, he would not have enough time to stay ahead of his opponent. Said and done, he guaranteed victory.

A lot of discussion took place over the decision, but Ferrari argued that the penalty should have been notified within 25 minutes of the infraction, not 31 as was done, and the handwritten notification was not clear whether it would be a stop and go or an addition. in the final time – this could not happen either, as it would only be possible in the last 12 laps of the race. As a result, the penalty fell, Schumacher took the victory and the stewards were removed.

Change in winner 12 days after the race

The Brazilian GP, ​​currently the São Paulo GP, is certainly one of the stages that yields the most good stories in F1. Not only does Interlagos provide good races, but the Brazilian stage almost always has an important factor: rain – and that was what messed up the 2003 GP. That year, the conditions brought real chaos to the race, which featured numerous accidents, interruptions and abandonments. Rubens Barrichello was actually the leader when his Ferrari had problems and had to leave the race.

There, Kimi Räikkönen took the lead, but had to deal with a very quick Giancarlo Fisichella after a good strategy from Jordan. On lap 54, Fisio passed the Finn and took the lead, and moments later, Mark Webber crashed at Curva do Café and Fernando Alonso followed, with the race management giving a red flag and ending the race, giving the Italian the victory, what many thought.

It turns out that the race direction indicated that Giancarlo was not leading the lap before the interruption and gave the victory to Kimi – in fact, the podium only included the duo, as Alonso abandoned it. But there would still be changes, as days later the FIA ​​declared that, yes, Fisichella was the winner and in the next race, in Imola, Räikkönen handed the winner’s trophy to his opponent.

The GP with just six cars

This is probably one of the most unbelievable stories in F1. The 2005 United States GP in Indianapolis saw just six cars start, all due to Michelin tire failures. Since Friday’s training, the compounds have already shown that they would be a big problem, as Ricardo Zonta and Ralf Schumacher suffered accidents during the sessions after losing pressure in the left rear tire, all due to changes made to the asphalt for the 500 Miles that year – F1 used two corners of the oval circuit.

At the time, the compounds used in qualifying were to be used in the race and there was no change, just refueling during pit stops. So, before qualifying, the supplier announced: she wouldn’t know if her tires would hold up. It is worth remembering that there were still two factories supplying tires that year, the second being Bridgestone.

After the times were taken without major problems, drivers and teams expected a position from the FIA, saying that they would race even without distributing points and money, but the entity denied this. Then, the day of the race arrived and after the presentation lap, the cars with Michelin tires returned to the pits and only the six with Bridgestone raced, with Michael Schumacher winning.

Race worth double points

F1 decided to innovate in the 2014 championship decision. For that year, it decided that the Abu Dhabi GP, the last stage of the calendar, would distribute no less than double the number of points. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg arrived competing for the title and separated by just 17 points – the German could take the cake if he won and the Englishman finished third. It turns out that, in the end, Lewis won the race and his first title with Mercedes, while Nico had problems and only finished 14th. The idea of ​​double points ended in that test.

Race with “no” lap

The 2021 Belgian GP was recorded in the books because it took place, but was not contested. This was all due to the heavy rain that fell throughout the stage weekend, but it got worse and worse on race day – in qualifying, the situation was already complicated and Lando Norris suffered a serious accident. So, when it was time to start, for safety reasons, the race management decided to postpone the start, and this was done throughout the afternoon. The drivers came out behind the safety car and completed two presentation laps before a red flag was waved. Hours later, the competitors went out once again for three spins and then the contest ended and the result was defined. Half of the points were distributed, Max Verstappen won and George Russell, with Williams, achieved his first podium in F1.

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