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.

Read more: F1 Fanatic is four!

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

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  1. James (@jimmyd13) said on 3rd March 2013, 7:54

    5th of March

  2. Renegade.Ego (@renegade-ego) said on 9th March 2013, 2:14

    11 March 1965

  3. Aditya F. Yahya (@adityafakhri) said on 10th March 2013, 8:08

    June 2, 1992.
    Wondering what happened on that day…

  4. dodge5847 (@dodge5847) said on 10th March 2013, 16:48

    12 march

  5. Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 20th March 2013, 2:14

    05 May 1990.

  6. Thomas Martin (@unbreakabletom) said on 20th March 2013, 8:34

    Mines 21st March 1996. Same day as Ayrton Senna :)

  7. Traverse (@) said on 26th March 2013, 0:50

    The day the Earth stood still, and the gods shone a light on this god forsaken planet was the 9th April 1988. XD

  8. HawkAussie (@hawkaussie) said on 1st April 2013, 8:53

    22nd July 1998, Youngster

  9. Becca Cann (@beshoreblue) said on 12th April 2013, 18:54

    1st March. Patron Saint of Wales day. Think leeks and dragons.

  10. 2nd of August 1990!
    Facts:
    - Named after Gilles Villeneuve, true story!
    - Born the day the Gulf War started (War child!)
    F1 Facts:
    - That year Senna won his 2nd title. I was born 4 days after Senna won in Germany!
    - But 10 days before my fellow countryman Thierry Boutsen won his 3rd GP in Hungary from Pole!
    - There have been 6 GP’s on my birthday so far. Al German Gp’s.
    (1) 1953 – Giuseppe Farina // (2) 1959 – Tony Brooks // (3) 1964 – John Surtees (fatal accident: Carel Godin de Beaufort) // (4) 1970 – Jochen Rindt (just 0.7sec in front of BELGIAN Jacky Ickx) // (5) 1981 – Nelson Piquet // (6) 1998 – Mika Häkkinen

    I love F1 facts :-D

  11. danny11 (@danny11) said on 21st April 2013, 5:27

    Danny Olmstead San Francisco, CA May 29, 1972

  12. Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 26th April 2013, 2:23

    2 May 1992!

  13. Cristian (@theseeker) said on 29th April 2013, 5:39

    22nd of May 1994 :D.

  14. Mitch (@mwyndo7) said on 29th April 2013, 6:06

    August 7 1996, right in the middle of the summer break!

  15. Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 30th April 2013, 12:49

    1 May 1999 – Just got into F1 in 2008, when Lewis Hamilton won the championship! He’s my fav driver of the lot.

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