BBC Formula 1 Rewind – First Wins

Suzi Perry and Murray Walker reflect on the maiden Formula 1 victories that kick-started the careers of some of the sport’s best drivers.

In 1985, Ayrton Senna dominated the whole weekend of the Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril, converting pole position into a first race win, having lapped every driver apart from the runner-up in treacherously wet conditions.

Senna had replaced Nigel Mansell in the Lotus team that year, but the Briton beat the Brazilian towards the end of the season to take his first chequered flag. Mansell, driving for Williams, drove superbly to win after starting third on the grid, while fourth place for Frenchman Alain Prost was enough to clinch a maiden world title.

Robert Kubica briefly delivered on his promise as one of the sport’s rising stars when he took his and the BMW Sauber team’s first Formula 1 victory in a dramatic Canadian Grand Prix in 2008. The Pole benefited from Lewis Hamilton crashing out in the pit lane to win on a crumbling track.


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