Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in
Canadian Grand Prix 2023

Is this F1's most iconic podium ever?

RacingNews365 takes a look back through the pages of history to bring you some of F1's most iconic top-three finishers.

2023 Canada podium Verstappen Alonso Hamilton
To news overview © XPBimages

Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix saw race winner Max Verstappen flanked by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton on the podium. The top three in Montreal share a combined 176 Grand Prix wins and 11 World Championship titles, prompting some to suggest that this was the most iconic podium in F1 history.

With this in mind, RacingNews365.com trawled back through the archives to dig out some other noteworthy trios to have climbed the rostrum.

2012 European Grand Prix – Alonso, Raikkonen, Schumacher

F1's final race around the Valencia Street Circuit was a bona fide classic, with local hero Fernando Alonso climbing through the field from 11th on the grid to take an emotional win for Ferrari.

2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen finished second for Lotus, but a bigger story was that Michael Schumacher was third for Mercedes, the seven-time World Champion taking his first podium finish since his return to F1 in 2010 after three years away.

The trio were no strangers to seeing each other on the podium either, having also filled the top three places at the 2005 French Grand Prix, and also in Britain and Canada the following year.

			© XPBimages
	© XPBimages

2007 Australian Grand Prix – Raikkonen, Alonso, Hamilton

A similar line-up to the previous entry, but with newly-crowned double World Champion Alonso having moved from Renault to McLaren, taking the place of Raikkonen who had switched to Ferrari.

The third spot on the podium was filled by then-rookie Lewis Hamilton, the Briton making his F1 debut as Alonso's teammate.

The three would duke it out for the title all season long, and would also share the rostrum in Malaysia, Silverstone and Monza that same year.

With two races to go, it looked as if Hamilton would claim an unprecedented rookie World Championship title, but as he and McLaren fumbled the final two races of the year, Raikkonen stole in to take his only world title by just one point from the McLaren pair, in one of the closest finishes in F1 history.

			© xpb.cc
	© xpb.cc

1993 Spanish Grand Prix – Prost, Senna, Schumacher

The three drivers on this podium would ultimately be responsible for a total of 14 World Championship titles.

This rostrum represented something of a passing of the torch, as while Alain Prost (pictured below) and Ayrton Senna were established stars – and hated rivals – by this point, Michael Schumacher was towards the beginning of his illustrious career, yet to win any of his seven World Championships.

Notably, this would be the only occasion that these three legends would stand on a podium together, making Spain 1993 something of an F1 collector's item.

			© Photo4
	© Photo4

1984 Portuguese Grand Prix – Prost, Lauda, Senna

Going back almost a decade, we once again find Prost and Senna, this time joined by Niki Lauda.

The final race of the 1984 season saw Lauda claim his third and final World Championship by just half a point from Prost, in the closest title finish in F1 history.

This podium was notable for featuring three drivers at different stages in their careers: Lauda coming to the end of his distinguished spell in Formula 1, Prost about to enjoy the best years of his, and rookie Senna set to establish himself as the sport's next big thing.

			© Photo4
	© Photo4

1963 British Grand Prix – Clark, Surtees, Hill

In the days before slick tyres, the monocoque chassis and just about any concession to safety, Jim Clark stood head and shoulders above the rest, and the Scot eased to a typically dominant win at Silverstone in his first of two Championship-winning years (pictured below).

Behind him on the rostrum were John Surtees, the only man to win world titles on both two and four wheels, and Graham Hill, a two-time F1 World Champion and the only man ever to win motorsport’s fabled Triple Crown, making this a truly classic F1 podium.

This trio would also finish in the top three at the following year's British Grand Prix, with Hill taking second place ahead of Surtees this time.

			© Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo
	© Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo

F1 2023 Canadian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

Join the conversation!

LATEST Scary footage reveals true extent of Perez's Monaco smash