Decade 5 (1990-2000): The Watershed Moment
The Prost & Senna rivalry ended in 1993
when Alaine Prost retired. But it was the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, Italy
that was the eventful for the wrong reasons
A day before the race, Rubens
Barrichello during the practice clipped a kerb and crashed. Emergency work
done by the doctor saved his life. In the qualifying session next afternoon,
Roland Ratzenberger died when struck the concrete wall, as a result of a
suspected front wing failure.
On the race day, Senna's car struck the wall
nearly head-on and ricocheted back onto the track. Senna was motionless and was
extracted by the doctor within 2 minutes of the crash. He was pronounced dead
later in the day.
In the aftermath of Ayrton Senna’s shocking
1994 death, a series of new rules were announced for the safety of drivers.
The 90's also brought Michael Schumacher
to the fore, who won back to back titles in 1994 & 1995.
Decade 6 (2000-10): Schumacher & Ferrari
Michael Schumacher and Ferrari, won an
unprecedented five consecutive drivers' championships and six consecutive
constructors' championships between 1999 and 2004.
Schumacher set many new records, including
those for most Grand Prix wins (91, later broken by Lewis Hamilton), wins in a
season (thirteen of eighteen), and most Drivers' Championships (seven, tied
with Lewis Hamilton as of 2020). Fernando Alonso became Formula One broke
Schumacher's streak in 2005 by becoming the youngest champion at that time.
This record was later broken by Lewis Hamilton
in 2008 & subsequently by Sebastian Vettel in 2010.
Decade 7 (2010-20): Turbo Charged Again
Sebastian Vettel with Red Bull won four
consecutive titles from 2010 to 2013, the first of which made him the sport's
youngest World Champion. He also holds the record for the most consecutive race
wins (9) and most wins in a single season (13).
Formula One entered its second turbocharged
era in 2014. With Lewis Hamilton at the helm, the Mercedes team (Lewis
Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas) have dominated the decade by
winning 102 of the 138 races (73 for Hamilton, 20 for Rosberg and 9 for
Lewis Hamilton won his seventh drivers' title
in 2020, equalling the record set by Schumacher. He also holds the record for
the most wins (95), pole positions (98) and podium finishes (165), amongst
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