Formula One in History

Events in Sport

  • 1950-05-13 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of italy in an Alfa Romeo
  • 1951-10-28 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina wins Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes in an Alpha Romeo; wins by 6 points from Alberto Ascari of Italy
  • 1952-08-03 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • 1952-09-07 Alberto Ascari of Italy in a Ferrari wins Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; wins title by 12 points from countryman Giuseppe Farina
  • 1953-08-23 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten
  • 1953-09-13 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari retains Formula 1 World Drivers Championship although forced to retire (engine trouble) in season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; wins title by 6.5 points from Juan Manuel Fangio
  • 1954-08-22 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten in a Maserati
  • 1954-10-24 Britain's Mike Hawthorne wins season ending Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes; Argentine Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio takes second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from countryman José Froilán González
  • 1955-05-22 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • 1955-07-16 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina clinches his third Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by finishing 2nd to fellow Mercedes driver Sterling Moss in the British Grand Prix at Aintree
  • 1955-09-11 Juan Manuel Fango in a Mercedes wins season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza to take his third Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Englishman Stirling Moss
  • 1956-09-02 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina finishes 2nd in Italian GP at Monza to win his 3rd straight F1 World Drivers Championship by 3 points from Englishman Stirling Moss
  • 1956-09-02 British Ferrari driver Peter Collins sportingly hands over his car to retired team mate Juan Manuel Fangio during season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; Fangio finishes 2nd to win F1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1957-08-04 Argentine Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio clinches his record 5th F1 World Drivers Championship (4th consecutive) in winning the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • 1957-09-08 Juan Manuel Fangio confirms his F1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 2nd in the season ending Italian GP at Monza; takes record 5th title by 15 points from Stirling Moss

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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

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro

  • 1958-10-19 Stirling Moss wins season ending Moroccan Grand Prix at Ain-Diab but fellow Brit Mike Hawthorn takes World Drivers Championship from Moss by just 1 point by finishing second; first British world champion
  • 1959-12-12 Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to become first Australian F1 World Drivers Championship winner; takes title by 4 points from Briton Tony Brooks
  • 1960-08-14 Australian driver Jack Brabham clinches his second consecutive F1 World Drivers Championship by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix at Boavista
  • 1960-11-20 Australian driver Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Riverside Raceway to retain his F1 World Drivers Championship by 9 points from Bruce McLaren of New Zealand
  • 1961-05-14 Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 1961-08-06 British auto racer Sterling Moss scores his 16th 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
  • 1961-09-10 American Ferrari driver Phil Hill wins Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch F1 World Drivers Championship; first American F1 world champion
  • 1961-10-08 American Phil Hill's Ferrari team does not participate in season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen having already clinched World Drivers Championship; English driver Innes Ireland wins Lotus' first ever Grand Prix
  • 1962-12-29 British driver Graham Hill wins the South African Grand Prix at Prince George Circuit in a BRM; takes out his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Scotsman Jim Clark
  • 1963-09-08 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship; Clark's 5th GP win of the season
  • 1963-12-28 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins his record 7th Grand Prix of the F1 season, the South African event at Prince George Circuit; first Scotsman to win the World Drivers Championship
  • 1964-10-25 English driver John Surtees finishes 2nd behind American Dan Gurney in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship; edges Graham Hill by 1 point
  • 1965-08-01 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring to clinch his second F1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1965-10-24 Jim Clark in a Lotus is forced to retire from season-ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez with engine trouble; American Richie Ginther is race winner and Clark claims his second F1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1966-09-04 Australian Jack Brabham clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 6th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
  • 1966-10-23 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win F1 World Drivers Championship and International Cup for Constructors Championship in the same year; 2nd in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
  • 1967-10-22 Denny Hulme becomes first New Zealander to win the F1 World Drivers Championship with 3rd place in the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; wins title by 5 points from team leader Jack Brabham
  • 1968-11-03 English Lotus driver Graham Hill wins his 2nd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; wins title by 12 points from Scotsman Jackie Stewart
  • 1969-09-07 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; his 6th F1 win of the season

  • 1969-10-19 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart finishes 4th in season ending Mexican Grand Prix to win his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 26 points from Jacky Ickx of Belgium
  • 1970-10-04 Jochen Rindt of Austria posthumously clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when contender Jacky Ickx finishes 4th; Rindt killed in a practice accident at the Italian GP at Monza 5/9/70
  • 1970-10-25 Austrian driver Jochen Rindt wins F1 World Drivers Championship by 5 points from Jacky Ickx after Mexican GP; only season World Championship awarded posthumously, after Rindt's death in Italian GP practice at Monza

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1970-12-15 Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1971-08-15 Despite crashing out on lap 36, Scotsman Jackie Stewart clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring; French Tyrrell driver François Cevert wins the race
  • 1971-10-03 Scotsman Jackie Stewart finishes 5th in the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 29 points from Swede Ronnie Peterson

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1971-12-12 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase finishes ATP Masters Grand Prix with a perfect 6-0 record to win the rich season ending event at the Coubertin Stadium, Paris

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1972-10-08 Despite retiring with suspension trouble at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Emerson Fittipaldi becomes first Brazilian to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from Jackie Stewart
  • 1972-12-02 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase successfully defends his ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3 win over American Stan Smith in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1973-09-09 4th place finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch Jackie Stewart his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1973-10-07 Scotsman Jackie Stewart wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship despite withdrawing from the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; wins title by 16 points from Emerson Fittipaldi
  • 1973-12-08 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 3rd consecutive season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win over Dutchman Tom Okker in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1974-10-06 Brazilian McLaren driver Emerson Fittipaldi finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to win his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 3 points from Clay Ragazzoni

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1974-12-15 Guillermo Vilas of Argentina beats defending champion lie Năstase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis final in Melbourne, Australia

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1975-10-05 Austrian Niki Lauda wins the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 19.5 points from Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil
  • 1975-12-07 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 4th season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of Björn Borg of Sweden in Stockholm
  • 1976-08-01 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
  • 1976-10-24 English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Niki Lauda
  • 1976-12-12 Spaniard Manuel Orantes beats Wojtek Fibak of Poland 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6, 6–1 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title in Houston, Texas
  • 1977-10-02 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen to clinch his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; Englishman James Hunt wins the race
  • 1977-10-23 Despite not driving in season ending Japanese Grand Prix, Austrian Niki Lauda wins his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Jody Scheckter of South Africa

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1978-01-08 American Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

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1978-09-10 The single point American Lotus driver Mario Andretti earns for finishing 6th at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1978-10-08 American Mario Andretti in a Lotus finishes 10th in the season ending Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit, but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 13 points from Ronnie Peterson

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1979-01-14 John McEnroe wins his first of 3 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles 6–7, 6–3, 7–5 against fellow American Arthur Ashe at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1979-09-09 South African Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; first RSA champion
  • 1979-10-07 Ferrari driver Jody Scheckter retires with tyre trouble in US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; becomes first South African to claim Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 4 points from race winner Gilles Villeneuve

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1980-01-12 Björn Borg of Sweden wins his first of 2 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles outclassing American Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–2 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1980-09-28 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones clinches his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning the Canadian Grand Prix at Île Notre-Dame Circuit
  • 1980-10-05 Australian Williams driver Alan Jones wins the United States East Grand Prix to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 13 points from Nelson Piquet of Brazil
  • 1981-01-18 Swedish tennis star Björn Borg claims his second straight ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 win over Ivan Lendl at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1981-10-17 Brazilian Nelson Piquet driving for Brabham finishes 5th in the season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Carlos Reutemann

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1982-01-17 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl scores a 6–7, 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4 win over American Vitas Gerulaitis to claim his first of 5 ATP Masters Grand Prix titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1982-09-25 Keke Rosberg becomes the first Fin to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship when he finishes 5th in season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas; wins by 5 points from Didier Pironi
  • 1983-01-23 Ivan Lendl scores a 6–4, 6-4, 6–2 win over American John McEnroe to claim back-to-back ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1983-10-15 Nelson Piquet of Brazil finishes 3rd in the season ending South African Grand Prix at Kyalami to clinch his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 2 points from Alain Prost
  • 1984-01-15 John McEnroe reverses previous year's result with a 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim his second season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1984-10-21 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda becomes a 3-time Formula 1 World Drivers champion when he finishes 2nd in the season ending Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; wins title by just 0.5 from Alain Prost
  • 1985-01-13 John McEnroe repeats previous year's result with a 7–5, 6–0, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1985-10-06 French McLaren driver Alain Prost clinches his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 4th placing in the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch
  • 1985-11-03 French McLaren driver Alain Prost wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 4th in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 20 points from Italian Michele Alboreto
  • 1986-01-21 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl defeats Boris Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title for a third time at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 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)
  • 1986-10-26 French McLaren driver Alain Prost retains his Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with victory in season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 2 points from Nigel Mansell
  • 1986-12-10 Ivan Lendl repeats previous year's result with a 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 win over Boris Becker to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1987-09-20 French driver Alain Prost wins Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril; his record 28th Formula 1 victory
  • 1987-11-01 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet finishes 15th in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1987-11-15 Brazilian Williams driver Nelson Piquet retires from Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide with break trouble but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Nigel Mansell
  • 1987-12-04 Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia wins 3rd straight season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title by defeating Mats Wilander of Sweden 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 in the final at Madison Square Garden, NYC

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1988-10-30 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, his record 8th GP win of the season; clinches first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1988-11-13 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna finishes 2nd in the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 3 points from Alain Prost

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1988-12-05 Boris Becker beats defending champion Ivan Lendl 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6 in a classic final to win his first of 3 ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1989-10-22 Over-competitive McLaren team mates Alain Prost & Ayrton Senna famously collide and skid into an escape road during Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka; Prost retires from race and claims 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1989-11-05 French McLaren driver Alain Prost withdraws early in wet Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from team mate Ayrton Senna
  • 1989-12-03 Stefan Edberg of Sweden claims his first and only ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title with a 4–6, 7–6, 6–3, 6–1 win over defending champion Boris Becker at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1990-10-21 Ayrton Senna of Brazil crashes his McLaren during the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka but clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1990-11-04 Ayrton Senna retires with gearbox trouble during the season-ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins by 7 points from Alain Prost; McLaren-Honda wins Constructors title for 3rd straight year
  • 1991-10-20 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna clinches his 2nd straight, and 3rd overall F1 World Drivers Championship by finishing 2nd in the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka
  • 1991-11-03 Ayrton Senna wins Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; shortest F1 race ever run (14 laps) because of wet conditions; Senna retains his 3rd World Drivers Championship by 24 points from Nigel Mansell
  • 1992-08-16 British Williams driver Nigel Mansell finishes second in Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • 1992-11-08 Nigel Mansell in a Williams crashes during the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide but wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 52 points; Mansell won record 9 GPs during the season
  • 1993-05-30 Indianapolis 500: Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi passes reigning F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell with 16 laps to go for his second race win
  • 1993-09-26 French Williams driver Alain Prost finishes 2nd in Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril to clinch his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship; after race Prost announces his retirement at the end of the season

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873-09-20 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), born in Szeghalom, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • 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, born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1966)
  • 1911-06-24 Juan Manuel Fangio, Argentine auto racer (World F1 champion 1951, 1954-57), born in Balcarce, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1918-07-13 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1955)
  • 1921-03-01 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1924-12-07 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2005)
  • 1926-04-02 Jack Brabham AO, OBE, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2014)
  • 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)
  • 1929-04-10 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), born in Mexborough, England (d. 1959)
  • 1932-02-25 Tony Brooks, English auto racer (F1 World C'ship third 1958, runner-up 1959; 6 x F1 wins), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England
  • 1936-06-18 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 1992)
  • 1939-05-05 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1939-06-11 Jackie Stewart, Scottish auto racer, analyst (27 Grand Prix wins, World F1 'ship 1969, 71, 73), born in Milton, 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)
  • 1946-11-02 Alan Jones, Australian auto racer, broadcaster (World Formula 1 champion 1980), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1946-12-12 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 Champion 1972, 74, Indy 500 1989, 93), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1947-08-29 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)
  • 1947-09-18 Giancarlo Minardi, Italian founder and Managing Director of Minardi Formula One team, born in Faenza, Italy
  • 1948-07-04 René Arnoux, French formula-1 racer (6th place-1980), born in Pontcharra, Isère, France
  • 1948-12-06 Keke Rosberg, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1982), born in Solna, Sweden
  • 1949-02-22 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1950-01-29 Jody Scheckter, South African auto racer (World F1 Champion 1979), born in East London, South Africa
  • 1950-09-12 Gustav Brunner, Austrian Formula One designer and engineer, born in Graz, Austria
  • 1952-03-26 Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver (d. 1987)
  • 1952-08-12 Charles Whiting, English Formula 1 Race Director (Safety Delegate, Starter, head F1 Technical Dep't), born in Sevenoaks, Kent (d. 2019)
  • 1952-08-17 Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1952-09-07 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1998)
  • 1954-04-17 Riccardo Patrese, Italian racing driver (Grand Prix), born in Padua, Italy
  • 1954-07-24 Philippe Alliot, race driver (grand prix)
  • 1954-08-08 Nigel Mansell, British auto racer (World F1 champion 1992, Indy Car 1993), born in Upton-upon-Severn, England
  • 1955-02-24 Alain Prost, French Formula One racing driver (Championships: 85, 86, 89, 93), born in Lorette, France
  • 1955-02-26 Rupert Keegan, English Formula One racing car driver, born in Essex, England
  • 1955-03-09 Teo Fabi, Italian Formula-1 Indy-car racer (rookie of year-1983), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1957-11-07 Jonathan Palmer, British businessman and Formula One racer, born in Lewisham, London
  • 1958-04-10 Bob Bell, British engineer and Chief Technical Officer of the Renault Formula One team, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1958-12-26 Adrian Newey, British Formula One engineer, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • 1959-08-27 Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1960-03-21 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 1994)

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1960-09-19 Loïc Bigois, French Formula One engineer and aerodynamicist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 1961-06-06 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • 1964-06-11 Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver, born in Avignon, Vaucluse, France
  • 1965-11-10 Eddie Irvine, Irish auto racer (runner-up World F1 Championship 1999), born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland
  • 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
  • 1968-09-29 Mika Häkkinen, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1998, 99), born in Vantaa, Finland

Person of interestMichael Schumacher

1969-01-03 Michael Schumacher, German auto racer (World F1 champion 1994-95, 2000-05), 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
  • 1971-04-09 Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 champion 1997; Indianapolis 500 1995; Indy Car World Series 1995), born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • 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

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
  • 1976-07-24 Tiago Monteiro, Portuguese Formula One driver
  • 1977-05-10 Nick Heidfeld, German Formula 1 driver
  • 1978-01-05 Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver, born in Feurs, France
  • 1979-04-16 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1979-04-18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England

Person of interestKimi Räikkönen

1979-10-17 Kimi Räikkönen, Finnish auto racer (F1 World Champion 2007), born in Espoo, Finland

Formula 1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Formula 1 Driver
Kimi Räikkönen
  • 1980-01-19 Jenson Button, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2009; Super GT 2018), born in Frome, England
  • 1981-04-25 Felipe Massa, Brazilian Formula One racing driver (11 wins), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1982-03-18 Timo Glock German Formula 1 driver
  • 1984-12-07 Robert Kubica, Polish Formula One racing driver (1st Finnish to compete in Formula One), born in Kraków, Poland

Person of interestLewis Hamilton

1985-01-07 Lewis Hamilton, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2008, 14-15, 17-19), born in Stevenage, England

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 1985-06-27 Nico Rosberg, German Finnish race car driver (F1 World Champion 2016), born in Wiesbaden, West Germany

Person of interestSebastian Vettel

1987-07-03 Sebastian Vettel, German auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2010-13), born in Heppenheim, Hesse, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 1989-08-03 Jules Bianchi, French auto racer (Marussia Formula 1 Racing Team), born in Nice, France (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

  • 1944-02-21 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), dies at 70
  • 1948-07-01 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), dies in practise crash at 43
  • 1955-05-26 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), dies in a testing accident at 36
  • 1955-07-09 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, dies at 26
  • 1959-01-22 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), dies in road accident at 29
  • 1966-06-30 Giuseppe Farina, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1950), dies in a domestic car accident at 59
  • 1967-05-07 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One driver (b. 1935)
  • 1967-07-07 Jo Schlesser, French Formula One racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1968-04-07 Jim Clark, Scottish auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1965, world F1 Champion 1963, 65), dies in race accident at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • 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)
  • 1992-10-04 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), dies of a heart attack driving in Bathurst 1,000 at 56
  • 1993-06-15 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), dies of a heart attack at 45

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1994-05-01 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), 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
  • 2005-04-25 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, dies at 80
  • 2006-12-15 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • 2008-04-22 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), dies from a stroke at 87
  • 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 AO, OBE, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • 2015-07-17 Jules Bianchi, French auto racer (Marussia Formula 1 Racing Team), dies from injuries during accident at 2014 Japanese F1 GP, 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
  • 2019-03-14 Charles Whiting, English Formula 1 Race Director (Safety Delegate, Starter, head F1 Technical Dep't), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 66
  • 2019-05-20 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), dies of kidney problems at 70