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. April 23, 1992

  2. paolo (@paulusgaming)
    27th October 2014, 1:31

    26-7-2001, german gp practice.

  3. 9th November 1998, I know that the Brazilian GP is on my birthday this year but i dont know any F1 history of that day

  4. 19th May 1977

  5. 22nd March 1983, 5 days before John Watson won the Long Beach Grand Prix from 232nd on the Grid! Legend! (so was John Watson!!)

    1. Lol 22nd on the grid, not 232nd!

  6. Eoin Harrington
    19th November 2014, 16:30

    15th June

  7. 30th of September 1980

  8. 24th August 2001, when Both Mercs reach the climax of their clashes this year

  9. 1st December 1992

  10. December the 7th, 1982. No F1 for my birthday, but, december 8th is a holiday here in argentina, so my hangover is always peaceful :D (it’s Virgin Mary day.. but i rather call it “The Day After Matías”. It makes a lot more sense

  11. December 5 1977 !!

  12. Bryce Metzger
    25th December 2014, 5:55

    December 31 1983. I get to finish my birthday with a huge party every year!

  13. Mine is 25th January 2000.

  14. Dan (@dsivanesan1)
    8th January 2015, 7:56

    1st December 1996

  15. ehsansatti (@)
    20th January 2015, 11:47

    21 jan 1993

  16. Lalit Palaparthy
    25th January 2015, 4:53

    Hi my birthday is on July 23 1968, wonder what went on in the wonderful world of F1 then…

  17. 2nd April 1994

  18. 23rd December 1987

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