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10 Greatest Motorsport Comebacks

Today, we are taking a look at the most unbelievable race car comebacks. Though many have been away for awhile, they haven't lost the love for the intense experiences that life on gears provides.

Phil Hill

In 1961, Hill won the world championship but failed in doing so the next season. He tried to replace Ferrari with Lotus, Cooper, ATS and Porsche. Not being able to fit in any of these teams, in 1965, he was thought to have quit racing, but he returned the following year and continued to race until 1968. 

Jan Lammers

Having won the European Formula Three title in 1978 and debuted for Formula One in 1979, Jan Lammers changed companies throughout the following two years. He is known for the longest intermission between grand prix kick-offs: he left racing in 1982 and returned in 1992 to compete in F1 for the last two season races.

Alan Jones

In 1980, the Australian Formula 1 driver was the first to win the championship for Williams but lost the next race to his teammate Carlos Reutemann. After winning his Las Vegas final race, Jones covered up for 18 months just to return for five more years to Formula 1. 

Alain Prost

The French driver experienced a series of failures between 1989 and 1992 when he became a commentator. A year after that, however, he realized he wasn’t ready to quit, so he made his return at Williams and it was all success until his retirement in 1994.

Doug Henry

The motocross racer crushed 7 of his vertebrae and was told to never be able to race again. After an experimental surgery and support by his wife, he returned to racing in 1996. The following year he broke both of his wrists in another crash, but, nevertheless, in 1998 came back to the sport.

Ricky James

In 2005, James underwent a motocross incident that left him paralyzed with a broken back. But the racer was not satisfied and returned to ride the same bike he crashed on, renewed with hand controls that he himself had designed.

A.J. Foyt

During a race in 1965, Foyt’s car flipped fiercely, leaving him motionless. The track doctor announced his death. However, the racer survived and won two races that same year after having recovered from a broken back, ankle and chest.

Juan Manuel Fangio

While driving in Monza during a race in 1952, the Argentine driver broke his neck. In just one year, he recuperated and became second in the Drivers’ Championship. Strong faith and a wish to race guaranteed the first place for him the next four years in the same competition.

Alex Zanardi

The prior pilot in the race in Lausitzring in 2001, his car got cut in two by another car in a terrible crash, after which Zanardi lost his legs and a dangerous amount of blood. Phenomenally, he succeeded in surviving and returned to racing.

Niki Lauda

The three-time F1 World Drivers’ Championship winner from Austria suffered a crash in Nurburgring in 1976 and his car was set on fire. Lauda suffered pitiless burn injuries that affected his blood and lungs. He went into a coma but somehow managed to return to driving two races later. Eventually, he retired due to his damaged eyes.

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