Sunday, 10 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 10 August

Guy Mairesse at the 1951 French Grand Prix.
French racer Guy Mairesse was born. Competing in three Formula One races between 1950 and 1951, Mairesse didn't stay in Formula One for long and mainly competed in other racing events. Mairesse was killed in practice for the Coupe de Paris at Montlhery in 1954 when, after swerving to avoid another car, he crashed into a concrete wall.

Carlos Alberto Menditéguy was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Argentinean competed in Formula One between 1953 and 1960 making 10 grand prix appearances and claiming one podium finish. Menditéguy died in 1973 at the age of 57. Menditéguy was also an accomplished polp player, reaching the highest possible handicap of 10.

Alain Prost made the 100th grand prix start of his distinguished career at the Hungarian Grand Prix but it was not to be a happy outing for the Frenchman, who retired on lap 23. Nelson Piquet went on to win the race from Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell in a result that meant result meant there were four men covered by just 11 points in the world championship race: Mansell, Senna, Piquet and Prost.

Damon Hill congratulates Jacques Villeneuve after just missing out on victory.
After leading most of the race, Damon Hill was left heartbroken after the Hungarian Grand Prix when a hydraulics failure cost him a most unlikely victory in his Arrows-Yamaha. Leading second place man Jacques Villeneuve by 35 seconds with three laps to go, Hill watched Villeneuve eat into his lead when his technical problem left him stuck in third gear. Despite his ailment, Villeneuve only swerved past the Arrows on the final lap. After a dismal first year with the Arrows team, a victory would have meant his second points and first podium finish of the season. Afterwards, even bitter rival Michael Schumacher paid tribute to Hill's drive. "I hoped he would win, because he deserved to, and I congratulate him," said Schumacher, before adding: "I also hoped he'd win, because it would have helped me in the championship."


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