... the lead changed hands on the last lap of a GP? How many times has it happened? Obviously Monaco 1970, Monaco 1982 and Canada 1991 are three of the really famous occasions - when else has it happened?
I'm wondering if we can compile a list of top drivers who lost a Grand Prix via a mistake when leading.
Just as a starter, I can immediately think of three and they're effectively 11-and-a-half seasons apart. Roughly:
1. Senna - Monaco 1988: Hitting the guardrail at Portier while well out in front of Prost. He walked away ... straight to his flat (as opposed to the McLaren garage).
2. Hakkinen - Monza 1999. Famous helicopter shot of the Finn weeping behind the hedges of the Royal Park. Mika said he wouldn't make that mistake again.
3. Vettel - Montreal 2011. Under pressure to keep ahead of the 1 second detection point lest he fall within the grasp of Button's potent McLaren/DRS combo. Took it hard on himself...but still finished 2nd to increase his lead in the Championship.
They (at least the first two) learnt from their gaffs and it was probably a good thing because it either humbled them for the time being or made them more introspective to their approach.
Do we have a list of others? Does Hamilton in China, 2007 count? Or was that far too early in the race to count?
This could be quite an interesting thread, maybe you could add some video footage of the incidents. As for Hamilton 2007, there was a lot of overtaking during that race so I'd say there was no guarantee that he would have kept that place if he had stayed on the road.
Ya, Clark could have been an 8 times World Champion had everything gone well (in terms of reliability) and had he not been killed. Look at how Lotus was able to go on to win WDCs with drivers who weren't at Clark's level and you can see him winning the '68, '70 titles...and, had he continued, even the '72 and (perhaps) the '73 titles.
Raikkonen at the 2005 German GP was another one he was leading by 30 seconds and his Mercedes engine blow up on him about half-way through the race.
Also Raikkonen at the European GP with one lap to go i think it was his front left wheel went on his Mclaren Mercedes that happened in the same year i think.