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!

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

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  1. 5th of March

  2. 11 March 1965

  3. Aditya (@adityafakhri)
    10th March 2013, 8:08

    June 2, 1992.
    Wondering what happened on that day…

  4. 12 march

  5. 05 May 1990.

  6. Mines 21st March 1996. Same day as Ayrton Senna :)

    1. Traverse (@)
      26th March 2013, 0:52

      You sir, ARE A GOD!! *Salute*

  7. Traverse (@)
    26th March 2013, 0:50

    The day the Earth stood still, and the gods shone a light on this god forsaken planet was the 9th April 1988. XD

  8. 22nd July 1998, Youngster

  9. 1st March. Patron Saint of Wales day. Think leeks and dragons.

  10. 2nd of August 1990!
    – Named after Gilles Villeneuve, true story!
    – Born the day the Gulf War started (War child!)
    F1 Facts:
    – That year Senna won his 2nd title. I was born 4 days after Senna won in Germany!
    – But 10 days before my fellow countryman Thierry Boutsen won his 3rd GP in Hungary from Pole!
    – There have been 6 GP’s on my birthday so far. Al German Gp’s.
    (1) 1953 РGiuseppe Farina // (2) 1959 РTony Brooks // (3) 1964 РJohn Surtees (fatal accident: Carel Godin de Beaufort) // (4) 1970 РJochen Rindt (just 0.7sec in front of BELGIAN Jacky Ickx) // (5) 1981 РNelson Piquet // (6) 1998 РMika Häkkinen

    I love F1 facts :-D

  11. Danny Olmstead San Francisco, CA May 29, 1972

  12. 2 May 1992!

  13. 22nd of May 1994 :D.

  14. August 7 1996, right in the middle of the summer break!

  15. 1 May 1999 – Just got into F1 in 2008, when Lewis Hamilton won the championship! He’s my fav driver of the lot.

  16. RehMic (@mich747all)
    2nd May 2013, 10:35

    20.6.1994 F1 fan since 2002

  17. 7th May 93

    1. Matt (@hollidog)
      6th May 2013, 4:30

      7th of May 1992!

  18. 19th of May 1995. Only 2 days til I’m 18! Schumacher giving me a great present driving round the Nurburgring

  19. 13th of June 1997
    Occasionally get Canada on my birthday

  20. My birthday is 23 November 2013

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