During the last Formula 1 Grand Prix, it was the safety car that crossed the finish line first. Under the boos coming down from the stands, the Tifosi showed their displeasure, they who hoped to see a Verstappen-Leclerc fight in a final loop on the Monza track.
The safety car made its appearance in Formula 1 during the 1973 season. The « Pace Car » entered the track during the Grand Prix of Canada after the violent accident of the French driver, François Cevert at the wheel of his Tyrell-Ford . Unfortunately, he had positioned himself in front of the second in the race, leaving the leader, Peter Revson, to take almost a lap from all his rivals.
It was in 1993 that the safety car officially made its appearance in Formula 1. Wanting to distinguish itself from the American name « Pace Car », the FIA will therefore use a « Safety Car ». The first safety car to officially hit the track was a Fiat Tempra, during a huge storm in Brazil in 1993.
In almost 30 years of existence, only 10 races have ended behind a safety car. From the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix to the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, a video look back at these ten races where the « Safety car » crossed the finish line first.