1977: Former Ferrari racer and engineer Mike Parkes was killed in a road accident in Italy, aged 45. Parkes raced in six GPs for the Scuderia, finishing second on his debut in France in 1966 and again at Monza that year, having started from his only pole position. He also won five World Sportscar Championship events, including the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours, for Ferrari.
1994: Rubens Barrichello and Jordan secured their maiden pole positions at Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian GP. At 22, Brazilian Barrichello was the youngest polesitter in F1 history – a marker only passed by Fernando Alonso in 2003 and bettered further by Sebastian Vettel in 2008.
2008: America’s first F1 World Champion, Phil Hill, died at the age of 81. Hill raced 48 times at the top level, for Maserati, Ferrari, ATS, Lotus and Cooper, winning three races and the 1961 Drivers’ World Championship. He also excelled in sportscar racing, winning 14 World Sportscar Championship events, including three Le Mans 24 Hours and three Sebring 12 Hours.