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WORLD TITLE SHOOTOUTS

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When the season finale is the title decider, that last race becomes a gripping winner-takes-all shootout. It’s the perfect conclusion, the one we all want to see, unless that is, double-points are involved! Following a long grueling F1 season, realization that this single, final race will crown the champion ramps up tension for contending drivers and teams to excruciating levels. And in this collection of the 29 races when the world title went down to the wire, the pressure really shows; you can almost smell it! These races reveal when some with little to lose stepped up, while others snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, Scuderia Ferrari a veteran of more of these highly charged winner-takes-all races than any other. For the fans it’s the same, anticipation of a showdown always sky-high, reality sometimes exceeding expectations, other times not. Either way, they are always fascinating encounters because they are the climax, the definitive end game in the gladiatorial combat that is the F1 world championship.

7   One Alfa driver would win, but not the favourite
15  Ferrari blow chance with disastrous strategy (1)
56  Two Ferrari contenders, one yielding his chance
75  Ferrari team orders seized Drivers’ Title (1)
84  Second title in two years to slip by Moss
111 To finish first, first you have to finish (1)
131Ferrari team orders seized Drivers’ Title (2)
161 All-Brabham finale, but boss needed luck
173To finish first, first you have to finish (2)
250Three contenders in downbeat finale (1)
280Heart-stopping outcome on penultimate lap
357Three contenders in downbeat finale (2)
373 Points leader did enough to beat outsider (1)
388 Red-hot strategy, ice-cold tactics, brilliant result
404 Second title in two years to slip by Prost
436Heart-stopping finale of fickle fortunes
564Schumacher’s smash and grab (1). He won
597Second-generation shootout in all-Williams finale
614Schumacher’s smash and grab (2). He lost
630Second title in two years to slip by Schumacher
646Anticipated shootout never fired
713Points leader did enough to beat outsider (2)
768Schumacher’s third failure in his five showdowns
785Ferrari team orders seized Drivers’ Title (3)
Race 803   AUTHOR’S PICK
839Ferrari blow chance with disastrous strategy (2)
878Second title in three years to slip by Alonso
916To finish first, first you have to finish (3)
956Hamilton puts Rosberg through the wringer

Race 803 AUTHOR’S PICK

Heart-stopping outcome on final corner, last lap

Tough call between three heart-stopping showdowns, but that look on Felipe’s Dad’s face will never leave me