Formula One racing is the pinnacle of motorsports. The best drivers in the world drive the fastest cars on the most alluring race tracks all for a spot at the top of the podium. Add a great rivalry to the mix and the level of excitement and controversy of the sport goes up 100 percent.
Let’s take a look at two of the greatest rivalries in F1 history.
Lauda vs. Hunt
In the late ‘60s to early ‘70s, two F1 drivers emerged at the top of the mountain who were the exact opposites of each other. Niki Lauda was a calm, cold, calculating driver who was as efficient as any driver before or since. James Hunt was volatile, entertaining, and outspoken. They were the best at their time, and Lauda had the upper hand until he was scarred for life in a horrific in-race accident. Hunt won the championship that season. Lauda would win championships later on.
Senna vs. Prost
The joining of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the same team could have been the greatest pairing if only it didn’t turn out to be (fortunately) the most bitter rivalry in F1 history. Prost was the veteran and Senna, the hot new sensation. Prost knew how to handle league politics, while Senna simply wanted to win. This clash of characters let to several incidents on the tracks. And while both had won championships, they only fostered a mutual dislike. However, when Senna died in one of the most high-profile tragedies in motorsports, Prost paid his respects at the funeral.