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On this day in F1 history… the 9th August…
1944 Patrick Depailler was born
Patrick who was born in Clermont-Ferrand France, went onto compete in formula one between 1972-1980. He entered with the Tyrrell team to partner Jody Scheckter from 73 filling the void left by the retiring Stewart and the deceased Francois Cervert. Patrick stayed with Tyrrell until the end of the 1978 season, it was in this season where he claimed his maiden win on the streets of Monaco’s principality.
For 1979 Patrick moved to Ligier who were now to be powered by the mighty ford Cosworth V8 as opposed to the French built Matra V12. A Hang Gliding accident forced him out the 79 season after breaking both his legs. Consigned to not race in 1979, Patrick returned in 1980 with the newly created Alfa Romeo team.
Patrick was killed in testing for the 1980 Hockenheim German grand prix when his suspension failed pitching his car into the high speed ostkurve Armco. Fatal head injuries were sustained after the car skidded along the barrier before flipping over. The ostkurve schikane was first used in 1982 as a result of Patricks’ crash in an attempt to slow the cars down.
1987 Not again Nige!
Nigel Mansell’s luck went from bad to worse when a loose wheel nut forced him to retire from the Hungarian Grand Prix. Nigel having secured Williams 25th pole position the day before, was in a commanding lead five laps from the end. On lap 70 the right hand rear wheel nut freed itself allowing bitter championship rival and teammate Nelson Piquet to take the chequered flag and ultimately the championship that year.
2005 Tyregate mark I
Formula One kingpin & commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone, expressed his confidence that the 2006 USA grand prix would take place at Indianapolis despite the “tyre-gate” affair. The 2005 race was contested by only the 3 Bridgestone clad teams when all Michelin runners withdrew their cars on safety grounds. Harsh criticism from the public, and bad publicity from the media eventually led to Michelin refunding all ticket holders.
2007 Lewis and the ‘F bomb’
After the spicy battle between Alonso and Lewis Hamilton during the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session, the McLaren team have denied that Lewis Hamilton dropped the ‘f-bomb’ as reported by some quarters of the British media. Hamilton allegedly ‘effed’ abuse in the Spaniard’s direction during a conversation with team principal Ron Dennis.
The back ground was Fernando appeared to have prevented Lewis from getting in another hot qualy lap. It was reported in the red tops that Lewis had told his team principal to “never do that to me again”, and “go f****** swivel” during a heated discussion where tensions were at an all-time high.
On the same day Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy returned to the Spyker cockpit for the first time since May to conduct aero testing for the team, to aid their mid-season development.