What was the F1 news on your birthday?

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.

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950 comments on What was the F1 news on your birthday?

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  1. September 13, 1984!! I

  2. roodda (@roodda) said on 3rd September 2013, 9:18

    17 February 1989

  3. 26 October 1986: The exact sunday Alain Prost claimed his second F1 World Championship. He’s French, I’m French, no coincidence.

  4. Aniket Garg said on 7th September 2013, 0:47

    11th April, 1993

  5. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 10th September 2013, 0:39

    13 September 1992 is mine!

  6. WarfieldF1 (@warfieldf1) said on 10th September 2013, 12:25

    September 15th
    Child of the 60s, would love a shout out this weekend ;-)

  7. My birthday is on 4th February 1988, unfortunately that’s the off season of F1

  8. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 17th September 2013, 18:10

    Sept. 26, 1979

  9. Roger Camp (@rogercamp) said on 21st September 2013, 1:48

    October 28th, 1970.

  10. Little_M_Lo (@pezlo2013) said on 22nd September 2013, 9:20

    25th of January 1998

  11. Lyn Dromey said on 23rd September 2013, 1:22

    My birthday is 14 october 1976

  12. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 27th September 2013, 0:10

    15th November

  13. Konstantinos (@constantinei) said on 28th September 2013, 7:23

    27th of August 1984. Alain Prost won the Dutch Grand Prix the day before. It’s also the same date with Mark Webber’s birthday!!!

  14. 22nd January

  15. evered7 (@evered7) said on 4th October 2013, 2:12


  16. Lyn Dromey said on 13th October 2013, 9:24

    14th of October 1976

  17. Lyn Dromey (@lyn-dromey) said on 14th October 2013, 13:29

    Today is my birthday!! 14 October 1976

  18. 30th October 1973!

  19. Mine is 25th Nov 1991 !!

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