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Ferrari's top 10 Formula 1 races ahead of its 1,000th grand prix

Ferrari's top 10 Formula 1 races ahead of its 1,000th grand prix

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Ferrari's top 10 Formula 1 races ahead of its 1,000th grand prix

Ferrari's top 10 Formula 1 races ahead of its 1,000th grand prix

With 237 race wins, 31 championships and 767 podiums in Ferrari's history, there have been many notable moments ahead of the Scuderia's celebrations of its 1,000th Formula 1 grand prix this weekend.

Ferrari is the only constructor to have participated in every single F1 season from its inception in 1950, and 70 years on, it reaches the milestone achievement on home soil with the Tuscan Grand Prix, and at the circuit it owns - Mugello.

While it might not be the case this season, Ferrari has been the dominant force in F1, delivering countless stunning drives and iconic moments.

From the 999 races it has participated in, we have filtered it down to what we consider to be the 10 best.

10. 1976 Italian Grand Prix

After his horrifying crash at the Nurburgring in '76, Niki Lauda should never have been anywhere near Monza just 42 days later.

But turn up he did, still suffering from raw-looking facial burns. Lauda put in a heroic performance to qualify fifth on his return and even more remarkably, the Austrian made some brave overtakes to finish a fourth in the 312T2 and cement his iconic status with the tifosi.

After the race, his balaclava was drenched in blood from the re-opened head wounds. Although he did not win or finish on the podium, it was one of Lauda's most memorable performances.

9. 1964 Italian Grand Prix

John Surtees' win at Monza in 1964 lay the foundations for his late-season surge to become the first world champion on both two and four wheels.

Surtees had already triumphed at Monza in the 350cc class in 1958 and '59, and the 500cc category in the same two years and again in 1960.

'Il figlio del vento' [son of the wind] followed up in F1 by taking pole at the 'Temple of Speed' in the 158, and on to victory by over a minute from Bruce McLaren, with the rest of the field a lap down. Team-mate Lorenzo Bandini rounded out the podium to secure a Ferrari one-three.

8. 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen had it all to do heading into the final round of the 2007 season at Interlagos.

With only 10 points available and a seven-point deficit to Lewis Hamilton, qualifying behind the Briton appeared to leave the Finn with a mountain to climb.

But a flying start in the F2007, coupled with an issue with Hamilton's McLaren, allowed Ferrari to march clear at the head of the field.

When Raikkonen jumped team-mate Felipe Massa during the pit window, the win clinched what has since proven to be the last drivers' title for the team.

7. 1951 British Grand Prix

Argentine Jose Froilan Gonzalez holds the accolade of being the first driver to win for Ferrari in Formula 1.

'El Cabezon' took pole at Silverstone in 1951, the first time an Alfa Romeo had not taken the top spot in qualifying outside the Indianapolis 500 since the first F1 race at Silverstone a year earlier.

Gonzalez followed it up with a 51-second victory, primarily due to Ferrari's superior fuel efficiency over Alfa.

6. 1952 French Grand Prix

F1 arrived at the daunting Rouen-Les-Essarts circuit off the back of a one-two finish for Ferrari at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Scuderia, however, went one better in France as Alberto Ascari led home a one-two-three in the Ferrari 500 ahead of Giuseppe Farina and Piero Taruffi.

The victory was the second of Ascari's record nine consecutive victories in the sport on his way to a famous championship win.

5. 1981 Spanish Grand Prix

Gilles Villeneuve’s final victory in F1 is often regarded as his greatest drive in the sport, and for good reason.

A favourite of Enzo Ferrari, who referred to him as the ‘piccolo Canadese’ - the little Canadian - Villeneuve was frustrated with Ferrari’s 1981 challenger, the 126CK.

A car that had “a quarter of the downforce Williams or Brabham had” according to Harvey Postlethwaite, Villeneuve still wrestled his way into the lead at the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama that year.

Using the Ferrari’s superior straight-line speed to create enough of a margin, Villeneuve expertly held off Jacques Laffite as a train was starting to form behind him.

Villeneuve took the chequered flag in the second-closest finish in F1 history, with the gap between himself and fifth-placed Elio de Angelis a mere 1.24secs. His expert car placement in front of the much quicker Laffite and John Watson is still viewed as a defensive masterclass.

4. 2000 Japanese Grand Prix

A multiple championship-winning German was brought to Ferrari to bring the glory days back to the Scuderia [ring any bells?] in 1996. Four years later, its drivers’ championship drought had stretched to two decades.

Schumacher went into the race at Suzuka knowing he could seal the title with a win, and he struck the first blow by claiming pole.

Hakkinen, though, made a flying starts and claimed the race lead, streaking clear by a second a lap until rain started to fall.

While the Finn blinked first, Schumacher stayed out in the tricky conditions and did enough to make the overcut work, emerging from the pitlane several seconds ahead before coolly driving the F1-2000 to victory and become the team's first champion since Jody Sheckter in 1979.

3. 1996 Spanish Grand Prix

It was in this year that Ferrari secured the services of two-time reigning champion Schumacher from Benetton, as well as technical director Ross Brawn and designer Rory Byrne, with the team in desperate need of success after winning just two races in the previous five years.

The 1996 challenger, the F310, however, was not good enough to push for the title that season, underlined by the fact that for the Spanish Grand Prix, Schumacher qualified almost a second off the pace in the dry.

On Sunday, the heavens opened up in Barcelona and Schumacher put in one of the most impressive wet-weather drives of all time.

With a clutch issue at the start, he tumbled down the order, but he then proceeded to pick off his rivals one by one, at times lapping two seconds per lap quicker than his rivals.

At the finish line, he was 45 seconds clear and had lapped all but two cars in the process, earning himself the nickname ‘Regenmeister’ - rain master - with his truly spectacular drive at the Circuit de Catalunya.

2. 1988 Italian Grand Prix

1988 was a dark year for Ferrari and Formula 1 as one of its pioneers, Enzo Ferrari, passed away in August.

In a season being dominated by McLaren and the legendary MP4/4 driven by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, the Italian Grand Prix came less than a month after Ferrari’s passing.

McLaren, who had won all 11 races in the campaign up until that point, predictably locked out the front row with Senna on pole.

In the race, Prost’s Honda engine began to misfire and the Frenchman had to retire from second – McLaren’s only mechanical retirement of the season. Then with two laps to go, Senna was taken out when lapping the Williams of Jean-Louis Schlesser.

Incredibly, Gerhard Berger found himself in the lead, going on to spearhead a Ferrari one-two with team-mate Michele Alboreto. It was the only race McLaren did not win in 1988.

The scenes after the chequered flag were incredibly emotional following Enzo’s death, and despite luck on their side that day, the win was one of the most emotional and powerful in Ferrari’s rich history.

1. 1979 Italian Grand Prix

What could possibly trump the emotional 1988 Monza one-two? Well, another, but this one sealed both championships for Ferrari on home soil.

Starting from third and fifth respectively, championship leader Jody Scheckter and team-mate Gilles Villeneuve had to fight through the field.

Running second and third, race leader Rene Arnoux suffered from engine problems, and Scheckter subsequently inherited the lead.

With Villeneuve serving as 'wing-man' and holding off the Williams of Clay Regazzoni, the two scarlet cars took a one-two at Monza to seal both titles and send the Tifosi into a frenzy.

Additionally, Ferrari achieved it with a 100% reliability record, truly remarkable in the ’70s. But it would prove to be Ferrari’s last title for two decades.

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