F1 2010s: Top 10 Moments

10. Four way title battle – Abu Dhabi 2010

At number ten was the epic title showdown in 2010, where an incredibly close season culminated in 4 drivers, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, being in the title fight ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi, the first and only time that has ever happened before in Formula One history.

9. Racing For Jules – Hungary 2015

Heading into the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix, Formula One was in a state of mourning after the passing of Jules Bianchi, nine months after his accident at Suzuka. The tributes they paid that weekend, particularly the minutes silence with his family in attendance, were incredibly moving. The race itself, which was full of overtaking and drama, was seen as the first part of the healing process and a perfect way to celebrate the life of their fallen colleague.

8. Verstappen becomes youngest ever F1 winner – spain 2016

The emergence of Max Verstappen was one of the biggest stories of the 2010s, particularly after he won his first race at just 18-years-old. When the two dominant Mercedes collided at the start of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, an opportunity was there, and Max Verstappen, in his first ever race for Red Bull, made full use of that opportunity, by making a different strategy work to smash the record for youngest ever winner in Formula One history. With the new superlicense rules, its a record that is unlikely to be broken in a hurry.

7. Future stars barely give an inch – BRITAIN 2019

At number seven is one of the greatest on track battles of recent years, between future stars Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. The pair had history after Verstappen’s pass for the win in Austria, but that could not compare to what they saw at Silverstone, where they fought hammer and tongs, which came close to disaster on many occasions. It really gave us a glimpse of what we could see in the future.

6. Maldonado wins against all odds – SPAIN 2012

There might have been seven different winners in the first seven races of 2012, but Pastor Maldonado’s win at the Spanish Grand Prix was by far the biggest shock. Williams were coming off the back of a tough 2011 and didn’t look to be anything more than a midfield contender. Yet somehow Pastor Maldonado, a driver with not the best reputation, managed to haul that Williams to victory at Barcelona after a duel with Fernando Alonso, taking Williams’ first win since 2004.

5. Vettel fights back to win third title – BRAZIL 2012

The way Sebastian Vettel won the title at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix felt more like a Hollywood script than something that actually happened. After he spun on the first lap, which left the car with worrying damage that could’ve easily ended his race after contact with Bruno Senna, he would then go on a memorable fightback, clawing his way through the field in tricky conditions and working his way up to sixth, which with Fernando Alonso finishing second was enough to secure a third world title.

4. Marussia in the points – MONACO 2014

F1 has seen its fair share of underdog moments, but they rarely compared to what was seen at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix. Three new teams, including Marussia, then known as Virgin, came in in 2010 and none of them had managed to score points up to this point. Yet Jules Bianchi managed to haul his Marussia to a points scoring position in ninth. It was celebrated like a victory, and it meant a lot to the team and the reasons why would become clear. The team were in a lot of financial peril and those valuable points, which saw them finish ahead of Sauber in the final constructor standings, ended up saving the team.

3. Rosberg wins championship then retires – abu dhabi/fia prize giving ceremony 2016

At number three is when Nico Rosberg finally managed to beat the formidable Lewis Hamilton to the title in a showdown at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and what followed. After two years in Hamilton’s shadow, Rosberg finally got his chance at the title in 2016. In an intense finale, which summed up how hard he had worked during the season, he had to fend off both Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen to finish where he needed. Despite Hamilton’s tactics, he ended up victorious. Having achieved his ambition, he promptly decided to retire from the sport.

2. BUTTON COMPLETES UNBELIEVABLE COMEBACK ON Last Lap – Canada 2011

In a similar way to the way Vettel won his title in 2012, the way Jenson Button won the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix felt more like a Hollywood script. This is because he had had so many knockbacks, which included a collision with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, a collision with Fernando Alonso, and 6 trips to the pitlane. But he’d then go on an unbelievable fightback from dead last, which culminated when dominant race leader Sebastian Vettel succumbed to the pressure and made a mistake on the final lap, handing Jenson Button an unlikely victory.

1. Alonso’s Emotions Run High – EUROPE 2012

Our Moment of the Deacde goes to Fernando Alonso’s victory on home soil at the 2012 European Grand Prix in Valencia, where he fought his way through the field from eleventh on the grid and won the race. What made this a moment to remember was the pure emotion he showed after the victory, something that had never been seen before from him and showed how much this victory meant to him. It was also a statement drive that showed his ability to take unfancied machinery to places they don’t belong.

And just to top the moment off, Michael Schumacher joined Alonso on the rostrum for what would be his last podium (and the only one during his comeback years). Keep Fighting Michael.

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