Friday, 8 August 2014

On This Day In Formula One - 8 August

Nigel Mansell was born in Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire. The 1992 World Champion started 187 Formula One races, clocking up 31 wins and 59 podium finishes. Mansell has been involved in various racing series since including DTM and FIA GT Championship. In 2010, Mansell took part in the Le Mans 24 hour race alongside his two sons Greg and Leo, however Nigel crashed out only five laps in after suffering a puncture.

The only ever Chilean Formula One racing driver to date is Eliseo Salazar, and on this day in 1982 he was involved in a dramatic incident with Nelson Piquet at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim. Piquet was leading the race and passed the back marker of Salazar, but when following Piquet, Salazar failed to slow and crashed into the back of him taking both of them out of the race. A furious Piquet jumped out of his car and attacked the Chilean, pushing and trying to kick him. No longer commenting on the race, Murray Walker cried "and take that" as Piquet vented his anger. Rene Arnoux went on to take the win, which became his 10th podium finish of his career.

Nelson Piquet takes a swing at Eliseo Salazar after the Brazilian had been shunted off the track

John Brian Taylor, former British racing driver, died on this day in 1989. Taylor competed in seven Formula One races, but only finished two of them coming in 13th each time for Cooper and JBM.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was sacked by team owner Eddie Jordan half way through the season. Frentzen was quickly replaced by Jordan's old friend Jean Alesi, who drove until the end of the season with sixth being his best racing result for the team.


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