Singapore Sparks

Ever since flat-bottomed cars became part of the Formula 1 regulations in 1994, the sport has almost completely lost a magical and spectacular ingredient: sparks shooting from underneath the cars as they bottomed out on the circuit.

This weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix is the one time each year that this phenomenon returns, by dint of the extreme bumpiness of the track circuit and the race being held at night. Sadly, the phenomenon is nowhere near as spectacular as in its heyday.

Let’s revisit some of the best ‘spark shots’ ever caught on camera:

Nigel Mansell sparks up, 1986 Canadian GP Alain Prost, 1990 Belgian GP
Martin Brunel, 1992 Riccardo Patrese, 1990 Monaco GP
Mauricio Gugelmin, 1991 Portuguese GP Andrea de Cesaris & Stefan Johansson, 1987 Austrian GP
1992 Belgian GP Michael Schumacher, 1992 Italian GP

Pretty cool, eh!

[Images via F1 Nostalgia, LAT, The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.