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. Brian Munene
    5th August 2012, 0:52

    28th September 1991

  2. 25th November 1997

  3. David Knutson
    13th August 2012, 0:13

    My birthday is 13 August, 1953.

  4. 14 May 1989. I tend to get a Catalunya F1 race on my birthday.
    Oh and i was born on mothers day here in australia. had to spoil mums lunch plans :D

  5. My birthday is November 5th 1969

  6. 09 of January 1986

  7. February 2nd.

  8. 1st Jan 1990! Sounds a bit special?

  9. 1st June 1991.

  10. September 5th 1994 :) Anything interesting happen then?

  11. September 18, cant wait for austin!

  12. My Birthday is 25th December 1987 :) x

  13. 11th September. A lot of races in Monza happened that day and I can remember one at Spa

  14. June 7, 1978

    My 30th birthday was spent watching qualifiying with my best mate in Montreal – the next day we saw Robert Kubica win his first and only GP.

  15. 8th November 1984.

  16. 12th September 1995, just missed it!

  17. 7th of October 1990! (Just in time! ^^)

  18. March 12th, 1980

  19. 7th August 1984

  20. 20th January 1998

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