This week’s Throwback Thursday post has a theme of third round of the season.
1995 Formula 1 San Marino Grand Prix
Heading into the 1995 edition of the San Marino Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher led Damon Hill by four points in the Drivers’ Championship with Jean Alesi third on 8 points, two ahead of David Coulthard with Gerhard Berger one point behind the Briton.
At the heavily modified Imola circuit, Schumacher took pole position ahead of Berger with the two Williams of Coulthard and Hill occupying the second row. Alesi was immediately behind in fifth.
It would be Hill who would triumph ahead of the two Ferrari’s of Alesi and Berger with Coulthard finishing fourth. Schumacher would be one of ten retirements.
For the championship it meant that Hill now led with six points separating him from Schumacher and Alesi, who were now tied for second with Coulthard and Berger tying for fourth.
2000 CART Rio 200
Heading into the Rio 200 Paul Tracy (pictured below) led the championship, eight points ahead of Jimmy Vasser with Max Papis and Roberto Moreno tied for third, while Gil de Ferran was two points further back in fifth.
It would be Alex Tagliani however who would claim pole position for the Rio 200, who was tied sixth in the championship with Helio Castroneves on 16 points.
Tagliani shared the front row with Juan Pablo Montoya with Tracy in third, Vasser sixth while Papis was down in tenth, Moreno started twelfth with de Ferran in thirteenth.
It would be Mexican Adrian Fernandez (pictured below in 2003) who claimed victory ahead of Vasser and Tracy. Tagliani, Montoya and Castroneves would all fail to finish, although Tagliani did score two championship points. Joining the list of retirements was Papis.
Tracy still led the championship from Vasser with the gap between the two cut down to six points with Moreno up to third, Papis dropped down to fourth with Fernandez leaping up the championship order to occupy fifth.
2006 MotoGP Turkish Grand Prix
Heading into the event at Istanbul, Loris Capirossi led the championship, five points ahead of Nicky Hayden with Dani Pedrosa a further six points behind. Rossi went into the weekend in fourth, three points behind Pedrosa and six ahead of fifth placed Toni Elias.
It would be the Suzuki of Chris Vermeulen who would claim pole position with Hayden and the Ducati of Sete Gibernau sharing the front row. Capirossi lined up fourth with Pedrosa down in sixteenth while Rossi started eleventh and Elias started the race in twelfth.
It would be Marco Melandri who would win the race, having started fourteenth, ahead of the LCR Honda of Casey Stoner who had started seventh. Hayden would join the two on the podium with Rossi finishing in fourth, Elias fifth and Capriossi down in sixth. Vermeulen would eventually finish in seventh while Gibernau was classified down in eleventh.
In the championship Hayden now assumed the lead, one point ahead of Capirossi with Melandri moving up to third, seven points behind Hayden. Stoner moved up to fourth, four behind Melandri and one ahead of fifth placed Rossi.