Formula One in History

Events in Sport

  • 1950-05-13 The first round of the Formula 1 World Championship is held at Silverstone.
  • 1955-05-22 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • 1957-08-04 Argentine world Formula 1 driver’s champion Juan Manuel Fangio clinches his record 5th world title (4th consecutive) in winning the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • 1958-02-23 5-time F1 world drivers champion Juan Manuel Fangio is kidnapped by Cuban rebels from Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement; released soon after Cuban GP
  • 1961-05-14 Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 1961-08-06 British racing driver Sterling Moss scores his 15th and final Formula 1 victory in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • 1961-09-10 Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari
  • 1966-08-07 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win the Formula 1 world drivers and constructors championships in the same year with victory in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • 1973-09-07 Jackie Stewart becomes Formula 1 world champion
  • 1976-08-01 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
  • 1986-04-13 Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second
  • 1986-04-21 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
  • 1987-09-20 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race

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1991-11-03 Ayrton Senna wins shortest Formula One race ever run (17 laps)

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna

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2005-06-19 Michael Schumacher wins controversial Formula 1 United States Grand Prix where only 6 of 20 cars complete the race amongst ridicule

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher

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2012-10-28 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2012 Formula One Indian Grand Prix

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 2012-11-04 Kimi Raikkonen wins Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2012

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2012-11-18 Lewis Hamilton wins the 2012 US Formula One Grand Prix

Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula One Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 2013-04-21 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix
  • 2013-09-08 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Italian Formula One Grand Prix
  • 2013-11-17 Sebastian Vettel wins a record breaking eighth consecutive Formula One race in the 2013 United States Grand Prix
  • 2014-10-05 1st F1 death due to a racing accident in 21 years: France's Jules Bianchi collides with a recovery vehicle during the Japanese Grand Prix, suffering a diffuse axonal injury and dying 2 days later
  • 2016-11-27 Nico Rosberg clinches the F1 World Driver's Championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
  • 2017-01-23 Bernie Ecclestone removed as Formula One boss as Liberty Media completes $8 billion takeover

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1904-08-08 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), born in Galliate, Italy (d. 1948)
  • 1906-10-30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (d. 1966)
  • 1911-06-24 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (world F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), born in Balcarce, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1924-12-07 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver (d. 2005)
  • 1926-11-11 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), born in Naples (d. 2016)
  • 1928-07-26 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England (d. 1955)
  • 1939-05-05 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
  • 1939-06-11 Jackie Stewart, Scottish racing driver and sports announcer (27 Grand Prix), born in Milton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
  • 1939-09-05 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, born in Mendrisio, Switzerland (d. 2006)

Person of interestMario Andretti

1940-02-28 Mario Andretti, Italian American race-car driver (1969 Indianapolis 500, 1978 Formula One World Champion), born in Montona, Italy

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1942-04-12 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine racing driver (Formula One) and politician, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1943-07-20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • 1947-08-29 James Hunt, English race car driver (won the Formula One World Championship 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)
  • 1948-07-04 René Arnoux, French formula-1 racer (6th place-1980), born in Pontcharra, Isère, France
  • 1949-02-22 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1952-03-26 Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver (d. 1987)
  • 1952-08-17 Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87)
  • 1952-09-07 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1998)
  • 1954-04-17 Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
  • 1954-07-24 Philippe Alliot, race driver (grand prix)
  • 1954-08-08 Nigel Mansell, formula-1 racer (Portugal Grand Prix-1990)
  • 1955-02-24 Alain Prost, Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93)
  • 1955-02-26 Rupert Keegan, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England, Formula One racing car driver
  • 1955-03-09 Teo Fabi, Italian Formula-1 Indy-car racer (rookie of year-1983), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1956-12-23 Michele Alboretto, formula-1 racer (Ferrari)
  • 1957-11-07 Jonathan Palmer, formula-1 racer
  • 1958-04-10 Bob Bell, British engineer and Chief Technical Officer of the Renault Formula One team, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1959-08-27 Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1960-03-21 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula 1 driver (3-time world F1 champion), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1961-06-06 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • 1963-04-02 Mike Gascoyne, British Formula One engineer and designer, born in Norwich, England
  • 1964-06-11 Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver
  • 1968-02-22 James Allison, British Formula 1 Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG, born in Louth, Lincolnshire
  • 1968-07-27 Ricardo Rosset, Brazilian Formula One driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil

Person of interestMichael Schumacher

1969-01-03 Michael Schumacher, German auto racer (7- time world F1 champion), born in Hürth, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 1970-05-22 Pedro Diniz, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 1971-02-24 Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver
  • 1972-03-04 Jos Verstappen, Dutch Formula One driver
  • 1972-05-23 Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula one driver
  • 1973-11-16 Christian Horner, British Formula One team owner
  • 1974-05-29 Marc Gené, Spanish Formula One driver

Person of interestRalf Schumacher

1975-06-30 Ralf Schumacher, German Formula 1 race car driver, born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Ralf Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Ralf Schumacher
  • 1976-02-06 Colin Teo, Singaporean Grand Prix driver
  • 1976-07-24 Tiago Monteiro, Portuguese Formula One driver
  • 1977-05-10 Nick Heidfeld, German Formula 1 driver
  • 1978-01-05 Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver
  • 1979-04-16 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1979-04-18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver
  • 1980-01-19 Jenson Button, English Formula One driver (World Championship 2009), born in Frome, England
  • 1981-04-25 Felipe Massa, Brazilian Formula One racing driver (11 wins), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981-07-29 Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula 1 Driver (World Championship 2005, 2006), born in Oviedo
  • 1982-03-18 Timo Glock German Formula 1 driver
  • 1984-12-07 Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver

Person of interestLewis Hamilton

1985-01-07 Lewis Hamilton, English F1 racing driver (World Champion 2008, 2014, 2015, 57 Formula One victories), born in Stevenage, England

Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula One Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 1985-06-27 Nico Rosberg, German Finnish race car driver (F1 Champion 2016), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany

Person of interestSebastian Vettel

1987-07-03 Sebastian Vettel, German racing driver (four-time Formula 1 world champion 2010-13), born in Heppenheim, Hesse, West Germany

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 1989-08-03 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, born in Nice (d. 2015)

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006-11-11 Dutch Formula One racer Christijan Albers (27) weds Liselore Kooijman at The Grand in Amsterdam

Deaths in Sport

  • 1948-07-01 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), dies in practise crash at 43
  • 1955-07-09 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, dies at 26
  • 1959-01-22 Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1929)
  • 1967-05-07 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One driver (b. 1935)
  • 1967-07-07 Jo Schlesser, French Formula One racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1974-10-06 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)
  • 1977-03-05 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver, dies at 27
  • 1977-03-05 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • 1980-08-01 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1985-07-02 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • 1991-12-18 George Abecassis, English Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1994-05-01 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula One driver (3-time world F1 champion), dies in a crash at San Marino GP at 34

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1995-07-16 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (world F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), dies of kidney failure at 84
  • 1998-12-27 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, dies at 46
  • 2006-12-15 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • 2008-08-13 Dino Toso, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • 2008-08-28 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • 2010-12-12 Tom Walkinshaw, former racing driver and Formula 1 team owner (b. 1946)
  • 2011-01-07 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • 2014-05-19 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer, team owner (F1 champ 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • 2015-07-17 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, dies from injuries during accident at Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, at 25
  • 2016-01-08 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • 2016-08-03 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, dies at 73