Monday, 4 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 4 August

Juan Manuel Fangio on his way to win the 1957 German GP.
The German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring will always be remembered as one of the standout drives of Juan Manuel Fangio's outstanding racing career. Following a poor pit stop, Fangio found himself more than a minute adrift of race leader Mike Hawthorn. Not to be denied, Fangio dialled in a series of stunning laps, some a full six seconds quicker than his own lap record and eight seconds quicker than his pole lap. He duly took victory and said later "I'd never driven like that before, and I knew I never would again".

Jackie Stewart's German Grand Prix victory at the Nurburgring in 1968 is generally considered the best drive of his career. It was questionable whether the race would go ahead due to the extreme wet weather conditions but Stewart managed to take the win for Matra International with an outstanding performance, finishing a full four minutes ahead of second place man Graham Hill.

John Surtees crosses the line to win the 1963 German Grand Prix.
John Surtees claimed his maiden Formula One race victory at the German Grand Prix in 1963. Jim Clark started from pole but after suffering engine trouble, Surtees seized the opportunity to take the lead and the victory. despite his win, Clark still remained 20 points ahead of second placed Surtees in the driver's championship standings and would go on to take the title that year.


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