Tuesday, 19 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 19 August

 in Italy but was raised in England who competed on British circuits before heading to the USA in 1915 where he won that year's US Grand Prix and then the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup as well as finishing second at the Indianapolis 500. In 1916 he won the Indy 500 as well as the Vanderbilt Cup for the second time and a series of other top races. The cessation of racing caused by World War One curtailed his success, but he made a comeback in 1923 with mixed success. He died in 1924 at Brooklands, where his career had started, when a security belt broke, puncturing a tyre and sending him spinning out of control.

Ronnie Peterson on his way to win the 1973 Austrian Grand Prix.
Ronnie Peterson won the Austrian Grand Prix from Jackie Stewart and Carlos Pace as Emerson Fittipaldi's title hopes all but ended. Needing a good result to close the gap to Stewart, Fittipaldi looked in good shape with five laps to go after team-mate Peterson waved him through into the lead. But his Lotus then suffered a split fuel pipe and the Brazilian had to stop, moving Stewart up to second. Stewart's six points left Fittipaldi with a deficit of 24 points with three races remaining, a virtually impossible task.

Home fans left the Osterreichring happy after Niki Lauda won the Austrian Grand Prix . Having qualified fourth, Lauda made a poor start and dropped a place but was soon up to third by lap 9. And when Alain Prost spun on oil, Lauda was up to second and chasing race leader Nelson Piquet. And he scrambled ahead on lap 40 when the pair came up to lap Michele Alboreto's Ferrari, who finished third.

Nico Hulkenberg was born in Emmerich am Rhein, Germany. Dubbed 'the baby Michael Schumacher', Hulkenberg's record prior to joining Williams underlined his talent. Juggling his commitments with his Williams testing duties, Hulkenberg took pole in his first race and finished sixth in the GP2 Asia series despite only competing in four races. The following season he progressed to the full GP2 series, where he wrapped up the championship at the penultimate round at Monza, the first time the series had been won before the final round. Like the seven-time world champion, Hulkenberg is also managed by Willi Weber.

Michael Schumacher WINS his fourth drivers' title
Michael Schumacher led home team-mate Rubens Barrichello at the Hungaroring to cap off a record-breaking weekend for Ferrari. The victory sealed Schumacher's fourth drivers' title, tying him with Alain Prost, and he also equalled the Frenchman's record of 51 grand prix victories. The 1-2 finish also meant that Ferrari won the constructors' title for a record 11th time. It was not all Ferrari, however, as Mika Hakkinen recorded the 25th fastest lap of his career.


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