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!

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  1. March 1st 1991

  2. Might as well add my 21 April onto the list.

  3. June 26th 1990

  4. December 15th 1993. I don’t think much happened on that day – the season would have long ago wrapped up by then.

  5. My birthday is June 9th, right around Canadian GP time, sometimes on race days

  6. Quinn (@quinnolabar)
    26th March 2014, 0:41

    May 13, 1996

  7. I have a Birthday coming up. I was born on April 2nd, 1972. I have been an F1 fan since age 6. I remember watching the races with my dad. He bought our first Ferrari in 1977 (330 GT 2+2) and we have pulled for the Scuderia ever since. :)

  8. March 28, 1983

  9. Traverse (@)
    8th April 2014, 13:44

    9 April

  10. My birthday is April 21, the day of Senna’s first win, it was in Portugal which makes it even more special!

  11. December 16th 1997

    1997 being the year Jacques Villeneuve won the WCC :) (I know my stuff)

  12. Adrian Cheng (@raikkonenf12008)
    6th May 2014, 10:28

    It’s an honour to share the same birthday as Ken Tyrell. ;)

  13. 18 May, 1999.

    30 years before this, a Monaco GP was held and apparently it was awesome.

  14. 23rd September 1983 hard core F1 fan for 16 years…….

  15. July 18th 1953 for me

  16. 28 June 1997

  17. July 11th, 1993

  18. Just remembered that 5 days ago was my birthday…

    June 25, 1973

  19. July 7th 1993 :)

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