1. Brazilian Grand Prix, 2008
Lewis Hamilton only needed to finish fifth to secure the championship but was lying sixth halfway through the last lap on a treacherous track after a return of the rain that delayed the start. Felipe Massa in the Ferrari managed to win and would be world champion if the positions stayed the same. For 30 long seconds the popular Brazilian dreamt of fulfilling his lifetime’s ambition. But on the last corner of the last lap Hamilton managed to barge his McLaren past Timo Glock to grab back one vital place.
2. British Grand Prix, 1987
There was no love lost between the two Williams drivers, Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell, who started on the front row of the grid. After a technical problem, Mansell rejoined the race 29 seconds behind Piquet and started an amazing charge in which he broke the lap record an astonishing 11 times. But could he catch Piquet? He did, on the penultimate lap, swerving one way and then diving past on the other at Stowe corner. He took the chequered flag in front of his adoring home fans. The crowd erupted. Mansell-mania entered the FI lexicon.
3. Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 2010
When strategy counts! For the first time there were four championship contenders when the final grand prix of the year began – Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton. It was a game of cat and mouse with each team keeping a close eye on the others’ strategies. Alonso pitted to cover a move by Webber and ended up stuck behind a much slower car driven by Vitaly Petrov. It cost Alonso, often dubbed the people’s champion, vital seconds, a vital chance to win the race and ultimately the championship – which went to Vettel.