Hungary 1987: Philippe Alliot’s…reverseWritten by Ζήσης Βουργάνας
Translated by Giannis Binas
The first thing coming into one’s mind when thinking of the terms “Formula 1” and “reverse” is Ayrton Senna.
Date of 1st publication: 18/03/14
Who said though, that reverse in Formula 1 is a privilege of his only?
Definitely, there are many who remember the Brazilian’s immediate reaction in Spain, 1991, when he had a spin and in order to get out of the way of the following drivers, he put reverse on the go.
For sure, fewer remember that he repeated it next year too (1992), in Spain once again, when he had another spin, slid on the gravel and put reverse on the go to return to the track.
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It’s also certain that very few remember Philippe Alliot’s reverse on 1987, in Hungary.
The Frenchman had a spin at the end of the long straight and the Larrousse-Lola he was driving was found to be heading backwards on the gravel.
Then, he made the smart move of putting it on reverse before the single-seater stopped, exiting the gravel that way and continuing the race.
That move might not have been as immediate and impressive as Senna’s actions, was clever nonetheless and correctly executed, the moment when other drivers in similar occasions were just getting caught in the gravel and retiring.
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