The Punch and Judy Award

This Award is given to those team-mate rivalries that got somewhat out of hand.


3. Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet (Williams), 1986-87

2. Alan Jones and Carlos Reutemann (Williams), 1980-81

1. Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna (McLaren), 1988-89




F1 Award
3. Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell
Mansell and Piquet spray the champers in diff directions

The general idea, when you share the podium with your teammate, is to spray the baubby at EACH OTHER. No so if you're Mansell (right) and Piquet (left).


When Williams signed Nelson Piquet to replace Keke Rosberg towards the end of the 1985 season, the Brazilian was confident he would receive top treatment, an have the measure of the (up till then) Mansell the butt of Nelson's jokeswinless Nigel Mansell. But at the end of 1985, Mansell won twice and went into 1986 supremely confident.

In both 1986 and 1987 the Williams/Honda package would be mightily superior, but soon it was clear that Mansell was in it with a real shot, and Williams were not going to issue either superior equipment or team orders, despite Piquet having a contractual number-one status. On many occasions, especially at British Grands Prix, Mansell would scintillatingly outrace Piquet, only to also receive the bulk of the bad luck.

In 1986, it's fair to say that, despite the pair winning the battles, their racing each other meant they lost the war to Alain Prost. Though this didn't look like reoccurring in 1987, Piquet became fed up and launched scathing psychological attacks against Mansell, calling his wife "unattractive". On a lighter side, Nigel became the object of most of his practical jokes - for example, he nicked the loo paper in Mexico when Mansell came down with Montezuma's revenge!

While the Brazilian did end up clinching the 1987 title, he was disgusted with Williams and Mansell, while Mansell was fed up with Piquet's attitude.

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F1 Award
2. Alan Jones and Carlos Reutemann
ReutemannJones

Carlos Reutemann (left) doesn't want to listen to something - the whinging of Alan Jones (right), perhaps?


Alan Jones has always been a fighter if not a genuine racer, with no time for politics. Carlos Reutemann, on the other hand, was naturally gifted but moody, and in the 1990s a successful Argentine politician (and potential national president). To say they were oil and water when teamed together at Williams in 1980 and 1981 would be an understatement.

That scenario was compounded by the fact that Patrick Head and Frank Williams, fighters in their own right, favoured Jones' temperament over Reutemann's. An integral part of Williams' early success, it was without much team intervention that Jones secured the 1980 World Championship, beating Reutemann fair and square. But the Argentine was not impressed.

Determined to take the fight up to Jones in 1981, he was then disgusted when Williams ordered him to let Jones by for the win in the Brazilian GP. Reutemann ignored the team orders and took the win. From there the relationship between both drivers deteriorated badly and rapidly. Later in the season, when the Argentine offered to "bury the hatchet" with the tough Aussie, Jones replied,

"Yeah, in your back."

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F1 Award
1. Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost
The climax at Suzuka

The only bright point McLaren team boss Ron Dennis could have seen from this ridiculous display of teammate idiocy would have been that either way he was going to get at least one World Champion.


This rivalry has been called 'World War 3', and one could write a whole book on it. In a nutshell, this pairing would always be testy, considering the outright superiority of the McLaren/Honda in 1988, Alain Prost's wily 'Professor' status and Ayrton Senna's ruthless determination.

While emotions were kept in check for most of the season, things started getting out of hand at the Portuguese GP, where Prost tried to pass Senna on the front straight, and the Brazilian squeezed the Frenchman desperately close to the pit wall.

Prost retires as Senna continuesRelations worsened at Imola in 1989, where Prost accused Senna of breaking a 'no first corner passing pact' they had made. An attempted reconciliation by Ron Dennis did not work, and by mid-season Prost was accusing McLaren of favouring Senna, although the Brazilian also got most of the DNFs. The Professor announced he was leaving for arch-rival Ferrari, which pleased the McLaren crew not one little bit.

In the end, the climactic conclusion would be played out at Suzuka, where Senna made a daring inside move at the chicane, and Prost defiantly refused to budge. The resulting collision gave Prost the title: Senna continued while Prost retired (pictured left) but Senna's subsequent victory was disallowed, and the Frenchman was World Champion. Of course, as we all know, Senna would get his own back the next year, when he rammed Prost's Ferrari off at the first corner at Suzuka, this time giving himself the title.

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The climax at Suzuka, the following year

What goes around, comes around. Senna exacts revenge for his Championship failure in 1989, by smashing into Prost at Japan, giving himself the 1990 title. Of course, the two were no longer teammates then.




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