How Lauda won F1's closest title battle

How Lauda won F1's closest title battle

The 1984 F1 title fight remains the only season where the winning margin for the champion was less than a point. Niki Lauda reveals how he denied his much faster team-mate Alain Prost a first world crown

Eight times the battle for the drivers' crown has been decided by a single digit - 1958, 1961, 1964, 1976, 1981, 1994, 2007 and 2008 - but only once has it been settled by less.

One might argue the 2008 battle between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa was closer - in the sense Massa crossed the Brazilian Grand Prix finish line as 'champion', only for Hamilton to steal it back again with a last-gasp move on Timo Glock moments later. But in the statistical sense there remains none tighter than the 1984 contest between Niki Lauda and Alain Prost.

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