Tuesday, 12 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 12 August

Frank Williams celebrates his third successive victory.
Source: Sutton Images.
Alan Jones won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring to secure three consecutive wins for the Williams team. Even though Williams also won the next race, ultimately, his team's winning streak proved in vain and was not enough to stop Jody Scheckter and Ferrari notching up a drivers' and constructors' championship double that year. Rene Arnoux secured his first pole position as Renault started with a power advantage from its turbo but he was quickly passed at the start and fuel pick-up problems meant he finished sixth.


Former F1 driver Manfred Winkelhock was killed when he crashed heavily at turn 2 at Mosport Park near Toronto during the Budweiser 1000 km World Endurance Championship event. The brother of Joachim Winkelhock, Manfred became famous when he flipped his F2 March at the very steep rise-and-fall Flugplatz corner on the Nürburgring in 1980. He started 47 grands prix between 1980 and 1985.

Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen secured his third and final victory for Williams at the 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix after withstanding intense pressure from Ayrton Senna's McLaren-Honda. The race also marked Alex Caffi's 50th grand prix start.


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