Tuesday, 5 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 5 August

Richie Ginther was born today in 1930.
American racing driver Richie Ginther was born. Competing in 52 Formula One races between 1960 and 1967, Ginther scored one grand prix victory at Mexico in 1965 and secured 14 other podium finishes from 52 starts. Ginther retired suddenly from motorsport during the qualifying session of the Indy 500 in 1967 citing the intense danger of the sport. He died of a heart attack in 1989.

Juan Manuel Fangio won from pole position and secured the fastest lap at the Nurburgring for the 1956 German Grand Prix. Fangio finished 46.6 seconds ahead of Stirling Moss's Maserati.

Dan Gurney scored Porsche's only ever pole position at the German Grand Prix in 1962. The race was won by Graham Hill's BRM with Gurney's Porsche finishing third.

Alain Prost won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim from pole position and recorded the fastest lap in 1984. Niki Lauda took second and Derek Warwick finished third to complete the podium.

Michael Schumacher married Corinna Betsch in 1995
Michael Schumacher married Corinna Betsch during the mid season break of the year which saw him take his second consecutive drivers' title. The couple have since had two children and remain intensely protective over their private life.

Williams announced the signing of Jenson Button on a two-year deal for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. His then current team BAR-Honda, however, claimed he was in breach of his contract. The case went before the Formula One Contract Recognition Board and the decision fell in BAR's favour and Jenson remained with the team. Strangely, a year later, Williams claimed Jenson was contracted to them for the 2006 season but Button now wanted to remain at BAR. A reported £20 million was paid by Button to Williams to release him from the contract.

Lewis Hamilton took his third win and 10th podium finish of his debut season at the Hungarian Grand Prix. McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso finished second and the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen completed the top three. Saturday's qualifying session saw a controversial incident when Alonso deliberately waited in the pit box to prevent Hamilton from changing his tyres and completing his final flying lap in Q3, denying him the chance to take pole position. But Hamilton had the last laugh as Alonso was given a five-place grid penalty, handing pole to the Englishman.


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