We love an onboard, we love a replay, but there’s something very special about raw trackside footage. Today, that’s exactly what we’ve got: glorious spectator-shot footage of F3000 cars storming around Brands Hatch in 1988.
Video: Raw F3000 screamers at Brands Hatch
No, the noise isn’t quite as spectacular as it was for V10 F1 cars testing at Silverstone in 2005, but the 3.0-litre Cosworth and Judd V8s aren’t too bad at all. The driver line-up is decent, too, F3000 being the final step before F1 at the time, with the likes of Johnny Herbert, Roberto Moreno and Jean Alesi on the grid.
Then there’s the speed – these F3000 cars were ridiculously fast. The last F1 race at Brands Hatch was in 1986, with Nelson Piquet taking pole in his Williams FW11 with a 1-minute 6-second best in qualifying, while the slowest car to qualify managed a 1-minute 18-second lap. Johnny Herbert’s pole lap for F3000 in ’88 was 1 minute and 14 seconds. Imagine an F2 from this year outpacing an 2019 F1 car?
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