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Top five: F1's greatest wet races (6)

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1. 1998 Belgian Grand Prix

The home of wet F1 races down the years has belonged to Belgium's Spa Francorchamps circuit, situated in the Ardennes forest this track is always prone to the unique micro-climate this area has, and has produced some spectacular races over the years, non more so than 1998.

Heavy rain had hit the track in the morning and under current rules would have been started behind the safety car however a normal start was undertaken and one of the biggest crashes in F1 history was proceed.

The McLaren of David Coulthard would spin exiting the La Source hairpin and in the spray 12 other cars would join the crash. The race was halted with a delay of over an hour as the track was cleared amazingly only four of the drivers involved in the crash could not resume.

Finn Mika Hakkinen led at the second restart but he spun exiting the first corner giving the lead to Damon Hill, the Sauber of Johnny Herbert would then crash into Hakkinen's McLaren forcing both drivers out.

Soon after Michael Schumacher produced one of his wonder drives passing Damon Hill and building up a thirty second lead.

However, in coming up to lap Coulthard, the McLaren stayed on the racing line as he slowed to let the Ferrari past, Schumacher was unsighted in the spray and crashed into the back causing him to retire.

When both men returned to the pits a furious Schumacher stormed to the McLaren garage where he was restrained by Ferrari and McLaren personnel, later the pair met and shook hands over the incident.

Damon Hill would take the lead back ahead of his team-mate Ralf Schumacher with the German closing on his British team-mate.

Initially team boss Eddie Jordan gave orders for Hill to let Schumacher past however Hill refused saying he would fight and risk a crash unless Schumacher was told to hold position. That was what ultimately happened and Hill took his last win and Jordan's first with a 1-2 finish, Jean Alesi was third for Sauber.

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