Monday, 11 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 11 August

Designer and engineer Jean Bugatti was killed when out testing a car and was forced to swerve to avoid a drunken cyclist and hit a tree. Although only 30, he had already stamped his mark on the motor industry as part of the family company, designing landmark vehicles while in his early 20s and going on to build a series of leading racing cars. As an engineer he worked on revolutionary suspension systems.


 Tazio Nuvolari, also known as “The Flying Mantuan".
Tazio Nuvolari was the ultimate pre-war driver who won every major race going, and was described by Ferdinand Porsche as "the greatest driver of the past, present and future". Credited for his determination as well as his speed, he once had his Maserati specially adapted so he could drive a race with one leg still in plaster after he had broken it in a crash a month earlier. Nuvolari died on this day from a stroke aged 60. Alberto Ascari, Luigi Villoresi and Juan Fangio pushed his coffin on a car chassis on the mile-long funeral procession as all of Italy mourned.

Lucas Di Grassi was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian secured his first F1 drive with Virgin Racing in 2010 after finishing second in GP2 in 2007 and third in 2008 and 2009.

Ayrton Senna won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position, leading home the Williams duo of Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese. The Jordan Team also secured its first ever fastest lap in the same race, Bertrand Gachot the driver behind the wheel.

Jacques Villeneuve celebrates his victory with team-mate Damon Hill.
Jacques Villeneuve took his third win in his debut Formula One season at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Leading home team-mate Damon Hill for a Williams's 1-2, the points haul secured the team its eighth constructors' title to equal Ferrari's record. It also meant that Hill and Villeneuve were the only men left in contention for the drivers' title. The battle would go right down to the final race in Japan when Hill triumphed after Villeneuve lost a wheel and retired.


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