1954: Riccardo Patrese was born. The Italian raced in a then-record 256 Grands Prix for Shadow, Arrows, Brabham, Alfa Romeo, Williams in Benetton between 1977 and 1993, winning six times – twice for Brabham and four times for Williams.
1977: Goodwood favourite Jochen Mass took his third career F2 win, four years after his second! The German won the third round at Hockenheim in a March-BMW, having last tasted the winner’s champagne in a Surtees TS15, also at Hockenheim, in 1973.
1986: Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean was born. The Frenchman has raced for Renault and Lotus in F1 since 2009, with a best result of second – in Canada in 2012 and the USA in 2013 for Lotus. He currently sits fifth in the F1 drivers’ championship table after scoring points in the Haas team’s first two GPs.
1994: Michael Schumacher won the inaugural Pacific Grand Prix at Aida. The German’s Benetton-Ford beat Gerhard Berger’s Ferrari and the Jordan-Hart of Rubens Barrichello, the young Brazilian securing his maiden podium in F1.