How It Was – Formula 1 drivers past & present recapture their iconic moments
Blu Ray, 90 minutes
© 2016, Distributed by DUKE Video

Formula One Management has branched out beyond its annual production of an end-of-season review packages for the first time with a special feature production recounting some of the most iconic moments from the sport’s last 35 years.

While the Blu Ray title has to rival the 2014 season review, It Was Fair, as quite possibly the silliest name ever to be given a Formula 1 production, the concept is itself interesting.

Pull together insight from the very men who made these moments possible and examine through interviews and live-action footage exactly how these famous moments ultimately defined their careers.

In this edition, the following historic races are showcased:

  • Niki Lauda’s struggle to clinch the tightest championship victory in history at the 1984 Portuguese Grand Prix
  • Alain Prost’s lucky puncture that helped him claim a dramatic World Championship title at the 1986 Australian Grand Prix
  • Nigel Mansell’s bold passing move on teammate Nelson Piquet to win on home soil at the 1987 British Grand Prix
  • Jean Alesi’s cheekily repassing the great Ayrton Senna for the lead during the 1990 United States Grand Prix
  • Gerhard Berger breaking Ferrari’s winless drought with victory at the 1994 German Grand Prix
  • Jacques Villeneuve surviving a deliberate collision from Michael Schumacher to clinch the 1997 championship at Jerez
  • Johnny Herbert triumphing against the odds – and the weather – to win a crazy 1999 European Grand Prix
  • David Coulthard giving Michael Schumacher the bird while battling for victory at the 2000 French Grand Prix
  • Fernando Alonso aggressively wheel-banging Felipe Massa en route to victory in the rain-hit 2007 European Grand Prix
  • Jenson Button’s astounding drive from last place to win the sport’s longest ever Grand Prix by taking the lead on the final lap of the race

Overall it’s a well-packaged effort in what will hopefully be the first of many such productions from Formula One Management. The interviews are well-edited – although it would be better to have multiple protagonists contribute to each chapter – and there’s even a smattering of previously unbroadcasted footage to get the hardcore fans excited.

It’s such a pity that the naff title completely fails to do a solid product any justice…

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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.