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. 20 Oct 1969?
    Thanks Keith, great site… Always my main info source!

  2. 31st October 1979

  3. 15th Sep 1989

  4. 27th December, I doubt anything interesting happened in F1 on that date?

  5. 19 November 1988

  6. 26th March 1984

  7. 18th october 1983

  8. November 2

  9. 13 November 1984. Comming up soon. Great site. Been following for a long time, but registered just today.

  10. Mine’s today! Born 12/11/80.

  11. 15 December 1971

  12. December 1957, I am certain not much is happening except reindeer in that month. Matt looks like I have you beat.

    1. @translog What day is that?

  13. 19 Feb 1993

  14. 23rd November

  15. Hi, my birthday is 29 January 1983

  16. Born on 29/11/1992

  17. My birthday is 2/2/98

  18. 6th june 1971

    1. 6th that nothing.
      Born on 20/june/1971

  19. My birthday is on 13th September 1990.

    I had quite the 8th birthday present in Schumacher winning the 1998 Italian GP, but Raikkonen had less luck for Ferrari in 2009. Hopefully the 2015 Italian GP will be on my birthday and I can go.

  20. Born the 19th Septmeber 1994 :)

    Fun fact: Carlos Sainz, Jr was born 1 September 1994, so only a few days seperate us.

    Also Stuart Lewis-Evans died September 19, 1958 in the Moroccan Grand Prix.

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