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Old 1st January 2010, 13:11   #1
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With the decade behind us, here's a thread for your F1 memories of the last ten years. Recount anything that happened that stand out for you. From Schumacher's dominant start to the decade to the dawn of new talent like Alonso, Hamilton, Raikkonen, etc. to India being represented on the F1 map in style by Vijay Mallaya, here's a chance to relive it all!
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Old 3rd January 2010, 17:35   #2
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2000 - Mika's mastermove at Spa!

2001 - Retirement of Mika Hakkinen .

Juan Pablo Montoya , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso enter Formula 1 .

Montoya passes Schumacher at turn 2 in Brazil .

2002
- Schumi , Barrichello and Ferrari 15/17 races .

Montoya 7 poles . Those qualifying sessions were brilliant !

Kimi moves to Mclaren.

2003 Raikkonen vs Montoya vs Schumacher for the title .

2004 Another Schumi- Ferrari year .

2005
Kimi Raikkonen 3 retirements while leading races .

Kimi Raikkonen Suzuka 2005 . One of the greatest races of the decade .
17th to 1st , overtaking Fisichella on the last lap . Awesome!

Narain Karthikeyan living his dream and making Indians proud .

Alonso finally breaks the Schumi -Ferrari hold on the championship .

2006
Schumi-Alonso show .
The mass damper controversy .

2007
The best year of the decade
Raikkonen moves to Ferrari and wins straight out of the box .
Kimi is finally world champion !
Mclaren and Renault are caught spying , Renault are mesteriously let off .

2008
Lewis Hamilton and Timo Glock deny Massa a championship .
Okay Lewis wins it .
Raikkonen 10 fastest laps .
Force India enters F1 thanks to Vijay Mallya .

2009
Ross Brawn's genius . Brawn GP
Button finally becomes WDC .
Adrain Newey - Red Bull - Sebastien Vettel . Exhilirating .
Even more Tilke tracks .
Spa - Force India - Fissi and Kimi making the ferrari finally win .
Kimi retiring or is that a sabbatical ?

Quite a decade !

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I started following F1 only in this decade. Started as a neutral fan during 2001-2002 then turned into an 'anti' because of Ferrari/Schumi antics, then became a fan of Kimi from 2003 onwards.

For me things that stand out:
2002 Austrian GP: Staged finish where Rubens lets Schumi overtake him for the win. Most blatant display of team orders, where it wasn't necessary.
2003: Best season next only to 2007.
Kimi in his year old McLaren almost becoming the champion. Clearly he was the one to look forward in future.
2004 Belgian GP: Kimi won this, while rest of the season was dominated by Ferrari.
2005: Another year where Kimi almost became the champion.
The year was full of smoking McLaren engines every alternate weekends.
Kimi losing it in the last lap of European GP.
Suzuka, probably the race of the decade.
Alonso ending Ferrari dominance.
2006: Probably the most disappointing season for a Kimi/McLaren fan.
Ferrari engine blowing up in Suzuka which costs Schumacher a championship.
Schumi's last season (in this decade)
2007: Best (and worst) season of the decade. Best because of the way Ferrari and Mclaren traded wins and Kimi stealing WDC from McLaren boys.
Worst because of Spygate
Robert Kubica's crash in Canadian GP. I thought i had witnessed the worst. F1's high safety standards ensured that Kubica was racing again in 3 weeks time.
2008: Lewis almost losing WDC twice in a row. Emergence of Massa as a strong contender (Though he may not become a WDC ever)
Lewis-Kimi fight in the last 3 laps of Belgian GP, only true racers can produce something like that!
2009: Brawn pulling off a miracle.
The year that saw usual winners struggling to even score points in most races
Belgian GP: Kimi's last win (unless he makes a comeback and wins again)
Force India taking a podium in Spa, and promising good results in future.

To watch out in the new decade:
Will Schumi add more to his already huge tally of wins and WDCs?
Will Kimi make a comeback?
Lewis/Alonso renewing their battle in two of the most popular teams in F1
Will Vettel/Rosberg/Kubica challenge the top guys?

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Written by a Ferrari/Schumacher supporter.

2000: My favorite race at one of my favorite tracks, the old Hockenheim. Barrichello coming through from 18th on the grid to win. Still remember the images of Barrichello's Ferrari catching the Jaguars under acceleration but losing out on top speed

That move by Hakkinen on Schumacher at Spa. Didn't particularly enjoy it at that time. But makes for compelling viewing on youtube now, especially Schumacher's dangerous chop on Hakkinen the lap before.

Michael's first championship for Ferrari

2001: The emergence of Montoya as a genuine contender. His move on Schumacher at Brazil showed he was fearless before being cruelly taken out from the lead by Jos the Boss

Alonso's mega qualifying laps in the Minardi

2002: Austria 2002 created a furore. Team orders are not a big deal for me. I was glad that Ferrari were at least open about it.

Webber's destruction of Alex Yoong at Minardi

2003: Montoya's ridiculously dominant win at the castrated Hockenheim showed that Michelin was ready to win championships. The FIA's mid-season clarification to the tyre rules left a bad taste in many a mouth as did Montoya's penalty for taking out Barrichello at Indy

Alonso's dominant maiden win at the HungaBoring

2004: We witnessed the greatest F1 car of the decade, and probably of all time, the F2004. Rubens and Michael finished 1-2 at the Italian GP after Rubens chose the wrong tyres at the start and Michael spun on the first lap

Michael's win in France on a four stopper

Jarno Trulli running away from Alonso the great in the same car at Monaco


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