1946: Happy 70th birthday to double World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. The Brazilian made his Formula 1 debut in the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch in 1970 aboard a Lotus 49B and went on to take the first of his 14 GP wins later that year at Watkins Glen. He became the then-youngest World Champion in 1972 and took a second title, this time for McLaren, in 1974.
1959: Bruce McLaren became the then-youngest winner of a World Championship GP when he triumphed, aged 22, in the only US GP to be held at Sebring. The Kiwi’s Cooper-Climax edged the sister car of Maurice Trintignant by 0.6s, while fourth place, in a third Cooper, was enough for Jack Brabham to wrap up his first world title.
2010: Racer-turned-team boss Tom Walkinshaw succumbed to cancer, aged 64. The Scot was a successful sportscar and tin-top racer, winning the World Sportscar Championship-qualifying Silverstone 6 Hours in 1976 for BMW, as well as numerous British and European Touring Car Championship races for Ford, BMW, Mazda, Jaguar and Rover. His Tom Walkinshaw Racing empire was responsible for bringing Jaguar back to top-level sportscar racing in 1985 and would mastermind Le Mans 24 Hour success in 1988 and 1990 and drivers’ titles in ’87 for Raul Boesel and ’88 for Martin Brundle.