What was the F1 news on your birthday?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Autosport November 5th, 1981 (click to enlarge)
Autosport November 5th, 1981 (click to enlarge)
Yesterday F1 Fanatic celebrated its fourth brithday.

By sheer coincidence a couple of days ago I came across the issue of Autosport that was printed on my own birthday: November 5th, 1981 (see picture).

This got me thinking – can we find out what the big F1 news was on the day (or week) of all our birthdays?

So, post your birth date in the comments below and I’ll do my best to rummage through the stacks of Autosports, Motorsports and other motor racing magazines I have piled up to find out what was going on in the F1 world on that day…

An Autosport cover without F1 on it would be unthinkable these days – but on November 5th, 1981 the lead story was the Ivory Coast rally.

But the Formula Ford Festival is mentioned at the bottom of the cover – it was won by Tommy Byrne, a rival of Ayrton Senna. Byrne went on to have a brief F1 career and you can read more of his story in the excellent book “Crashed and Byrned” which came out last year.

Autosport November 5th, 1981, page two
Autosport November 5th, 1981, page two (click to enlarge)
There was big news in the F1 world that week though. Carlos Reutemann, who had lost the 1981 world championship to Nelson Piquet in the last round of the season at Las Vegas, announced he was leaving F1. This left Williams with no drivers at all, as Alan Jones had already announced his retirement. Opposite page two was a story about Keke Rosberg leaving the tail-end team Fittipaldi.

Reutemann started the 1982 season with Williams but left abruptly, leaving them with Rosberg, who went on to win the title. On the same page is a story about John Watson turning down a drive with the team for 1982 – Watson remained at Mclaren and fought Rosberg for the title until the final round.

In other F1 news that day, Riccardo Patrese was finally cleared of wrongdoing in the accident that had claimed Ronnie Peterson’s life at Monza in 1978. Race starter Gianni Restelli was also foung not guilty by a court in Milan.

What was the F1 news on your birthday?

Post your birth date below and we’ll see if F1 Fanatic readers can find out what the F1 news was on the day you were born.

Read more: F1 Fanatic is four!

969 comments on “What was the F1 news on your birthday?”

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  1. 02 February, 1954

    wow, I am old…just an old hippie war photographer who has always loved F1

  2. Another 1954 – in my case 14 June

  3. February 6th 1996

  4. February 16th, 1990. Started watching since only my dad remembers!

  5. 21 Feb 1982.

  6. 7th February 1995!

  7. 29th August 1992

  8. 17th December 1991

  9. It’s my birthday tomorrow! With the testing going on, it’ll be a pretty exciting February 9th this year, by F1 standards.

  10. 10 dec 1984

  11. 6th September 1976

  12. 24th Feb ’93, doubt much happened in F1 history on that day

  13. 17th Feb 1989

  14. found nothing on my b’day on 28th October 1991 but at least i’ll have a birthday Indian GP this year xD

  15. 5th March 1994

  16. 8TH March 1982!

  17. 17 oct 1990, same birthdate with kimi! :)

  18. April 7th 94!

  19. 4th July 1985

  20. ShaneB457 (@shaneb12345678910)
    11th March 2012, 1:10

    22nd of march 1996

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