The painful task of having to walk back to the pits, such a long way. Well not with these high speed taxi rides!
We’ve compiled a (somewhat complete, work in progress) list of Formula ‘taxi’ rides.
“Paul Richard “Richie” Ginther and Passengers: Innes Ireland (Lotus-BRM) and Jo Bonnier (Brabham-Climax) – French GP, 1965
Jose Carlos Pace gives Ronnie Peterson a lift back,France 1972
Niki Lauda giving Emerson Fittipaldi a ride – 1977
Riccardo Patrese (Warsteiner Arrows-Ford A2) giving Jacky Ickx a ride back to the pits, Dijon-Prénois, 1979 French Grand Prix
Niki Lauda & Alain Prost hitching a ride on Jacques Lafitte’s car in Dallas for the 1984 United States Grand Prix
Stefan Johansson, Rene Arnoux, Phillippe Alliot AND Nelson Piquet – Mexico 1986
Stefan Johansson and Rene Arnoux ride Phillippe Alliot’s Ligier back to the pits before it runs out of fuel. As Nelson Piquet comes around, all three drivers get aboard his Williams to head back to the pits!
Andrea de Cesaris (Rial-Ford ARC1) getting a lift back to the pits from Stefan Johansson (LOTO Ligier-Judd JS31) at the 1988 Monaco Grand Prix
Stefan Johansson (Ligier Loto) giving Gerhard Berger (Ferrari) a ride – Ligier JS31 – 1988 Belgian Grand Prix
Mansell and Senna – Silverstone 1991
Probably the most famous example of an F1 driver giving a colleague a lift. After Ayrton Senna broke down on the final lap, Nigel Mansell took his fierce title rival back to the pits.
Johnny Herbert (Lotus-Ford 107) brings his teammate Mika Hakkinen back to the pits at Estoril, 1992 Portuguese Grand Prix
Schumacher and Alesi – Montreal 1995
Jean Alesi got only (and very popular) Grand Prix victory in Montreal. When he broke down on the celebration lap, Michael Schumacher picked up the race victor.
Schumacher and Fisichella – Germany 1997
Giancarlo Fisichella picked up a puncture when challenging for a victory at Hockenheim in the Jordan. Again it was Michael Schumacher who kindly took him back to the pits.
Coulthard and Hakkinen – Spain 2001
Mika Hakkinen was all set for his first win of 2001 until his engine let go on the final lap of the race. David Coulthard took his team mate back to the pits.
Webber and Alonso – Germany 2011
A classic scene re-lived. Fernando Alonso was told to stop the car and Red Bull’s Mark Webber picked up his pal and took him to the podium.
Mark Webber hails a lift from Fernando Alonso – 2013 Singapore GP
Let us know if we’ve missed any!