The colourful 1990’s.
Jordan, Williams, Arrows.
Jerez, season round up.
Back row: Johnny Herbert, Nortbeto Fontano, Olivier Panis, Shinji Nakano, Giancarlo Fisichella (current Ferrari test driver), Ralf Schumacher.
Middle row: Jos Verstappen, Mika Salo, Pedroa Diniz, Damon Hill, Jan Mangussen, Rubens Barrichello, Ukyo Katayama, Tarso Marques.
Front row: G-man, Jean, Heinz Harold Frentzen, Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine, Mika Hakkinen, David Couthard.
The only man here still racing in Formula One is Michael. There are eleven world championships present in this photo.
Eddie Irvine making sure he is the first to congratulate Mika Hakkinen after his champion’s drive at Suzuka in 1999 to clinch his second championship. In the background you can see Michael talking to his brother Ralf. Michael would go on to win the next five driver’s titles, but the hardest fought would be his first against the still mightily strong Hakkinen-McLaren combination in 2000. Eddie Irvine would join the renamed Stewart side as Jaguar in 2000, driving for a couple of years and bagging a few podiums before eventually retiring from the sport. Ralf would continue with Williams until 2005, winning a handful of races before getting a lucrative deal with Toyota before retiring a few years later.
Michael Schumacher goes off in a spectacular fashion during practice for the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. Despite rolling his car multiple times in the high speed crash, he was unhurt and apparently unaffected as he went on to claim pole position and fastest lap en route to a race victory.
The grand prix also marked the debuts of two future champions, Fernando Alonso (who finished 12th for minnows Minardi) and Kimi Raikkonen (finishing 6th to get a point on his debut).
The race was also marred by the death of trackside marshall Graham Beveridge who was struck in the chest by an errant wheel after a crash involving Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher on lap 4.
2001 Canadian Grand Prix
The first ever sibling one-two. With Ralf in first and Michael in second.
The brothers then went and did it again at the 2003 Canadian grand prix but with Michael first and Ralf second.
That first photo is one of my all time favourite F1 pics. Beautiful.