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!

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

  1. how about 29 08 1990?

  2. Hey everybody, my birthday is coming up – 31 Dec 1970..a day to cap off a great racing year that 2012 is..and also we survived the Mayan prophecy :-)

  3. These days my birthday falls around the British GP, not sure how long that’s been the case though.

    Next year I’m chuffed to be attending my first GP on my 30th birthday weekend, the day after my birthday. (27-06-1983)

  4. 4th January 1992

  5. 18 March 1983

  6. March 31st, 1994; keep up the great work @keithcollantine – from all of your fans in Oz :)

  7. October 27th 1991 In Adelaide just before the GP weekend and just across the road from the track.

  8. 13th May 1972 – which makes me exactly ten days older than Rubens Barrichello! (I look younger…well, I have more hair!)

  9. 21st of January… Same as Emma from the Spice Girls! LOOOOOL

  10. 15th of December: which I hate because it is far too near Christmas!

  11. 3 July 1962 – exactly the same day as Tom Cruise, but he’s richer than I am. And I’m not a scientologist. I’m also a bit taller and fatter. Although I am Australian I never dated Nicole Kidman either. Apart from all that, we are sort of birthday twins.

  12. 17th of March !!!!

  13. February 11, 1959

  14. 3rd December

  15. My birthday is on 9th Dec, 1993! I wonder if anyone can figure out any F1 news on that day!

  16. March the 17th here.. There’s got to be something good in that !

  17. 13th June 1996.

  18. 23rd March, I figure it’s about time I added myself to this list :P

  19. May 15th 1976. The next day Niki Lauder won the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder and increased his lead in the championship

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