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!

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

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  1. Victor (@victorandrei1999)
    1st September 2015, 7:00

    26 August 1999

  2. Apoorvb Bajpai
    4th September 2015, 22:28

    20 April 1994

  3. 5 October 1995
    I should start racing about 15 years ago to be in F1 now :P

  4. Shminder Chatha
    12th September 2015, 18:25

    Mine on 28-02-1994

  5. Nick (@theawesomefish)
    21st September 2015, 1:34

    21st September 1992

  6. Hi,

    My birthday is 27 November.

    Many congratulations for F1 Fanatic’s 10 years.

  7. Piyush (@square-route)
    5th October 2015, 7:14

    21st November 1989

  8. 26 October 1972

  9. Adrian Hancox
    15th October 2015, 9:09

    9th November 1966

  10. 14th June 1999

  11. My birthday is 27th October 1953 and although TV coverage of Formula 1 was a bit poor here in Australia until the Championship was won by Alan Jones in 1980 I have been a follower since Jack Brabham’s 3rd Championship in 1966.

  12. 29 December 1994.

  13. I was born on 30th October 1991, I’ve had a few races fall on my birthday, maybe next year I will have race day on my birthday

  14. 3rd January 1997. I share my birthday with Michael Schumacher out of all people.

  15. 9th December 1993

    I share my birthday with Ben Pon. Coincidentaly he’s also Dutch. He had one of the shortest F1 careers ever. The only GP he started was the 1962 Dutch GP and he had a massive crash after only 2 laps. He was lucky to escape unharmed after rolling the car.

  16. 21st May 1993 Monaco is pretty close to my birthday most years.

  17. My bday is 12 January

  18. My birthday is 20th January!!! Please shout me out!!

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