Thursday, 14 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 14 August

Jack Brabham won the Portuguese Grand Prix from Bruce McLaren to extend his lead in the championship over the New Zealander. A promising young Scot by the name of Jim Clark finished third to secure his first of many podiums and the race was also notable for John Surtees taking his first pole position.

Alan Jones wins the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix in a Shadow.
The Shadow team gave many talented drivers their F1 break including Peter Revson, Jean-Pierre Jarier and Tom Pryce. The team debuted in 1973 and secured its only grand prix victory in at the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix with Alan Jones securing his first win in Formula One. Jones had qualified well down in 14th but sliced through the field in the early laps on a wet circuit as lesser drivers struggled with the conditions. Having overtaken Hans Stuck and Jody Scheckter to move up to second, Jones could make little impression on race leader James Hunt but lap 44 Hunt's engine suddenly blew and Jones drove on to an unlikely victory.

Alain Prost won the Austrian Grand Prix to extend his lead in the drivers' championship over Nelson Piquet, who finished third in his Brabham behind the Ferrari of Rene Arnoux. The race also marked Ferrari's 100th pole position, Patrick Tambay starting at the front of the grid.

Enzo Ferrari, founder of the most emotive and successful team in the history of Formula One, died aged 90. The 'Old Man', remained in charge of the team which he founded in 1947 until his death.

Michael Schumacher on the podium celebrating his victory.
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Michael Schumacher won the Hungarian Grand Prix from Damon Hill and team-mate Jos Verstappen, who claimed his first F1 podium. Mika Hakkinen served a one-race ban for his part in the first-corner pile-up in Germany but Schumacher led from start to finish to extend his lead over his title rival to a massive 31 points. Verstappen's podium finish marked a welcome return only two weeks after he walked away with minor burns from the frightening pit fire in Hockenheim.


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