1960: The Belgian Grand Prix claimed the lives of two British drivers, Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey. Bristow crashed his Cooper-Climax on lap 19 of the race, while Stacey was hit by a bird and crashed his Lotus five laps later. The race was won by Jack Brabham’s Cooper, ahead of the similar cars of Bruce McLaren and Olivier Gendebien.
1964: Grand Prix bike hero Kevin Schwantz was born. The Texan won 26 500cc GPs for Suzuki between 1988 and 1994 and took the 1993 World Championship. In recent years, ‘Revin’ Kevin’ has competed in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival.
1977: Ligier’s first F1 win came in the Swedish GP at Anderstorp, courtesy of Jacques Laffite. The Frenchman’s V12 Matra-powered JS7 finished 8.5s ahead of Jochen Mass’s McLaren M23, having started eighth on the grid.
1988: The seventh and final GP on the streets of Detroit was won by Ayrton Senna’s McLaren. The Brazilian qualified on pole, ahead of team-mate Alain Prost, and led the Frenchman to a customary McLaren one-two, by some 38s. Thierry Boutsen’s Benetton was third, albeit a lap in arrears.
2005: The US Grand Prix at Indianapolis became a farce as the Michelin-tyre runners pulled out of the race at the end of the warm-up lap on safety grounds, leaving six Goodyear-shod cars – two Ferraris, two Jordans and two Minardis – to form up on the grid. To widespread vilification, the race went ahead, with a predictable one-two for Ferrari. The Jordans and Minardis finished a lap down.