9 April: Today in Racing

09 05:00:00.04.2020

There were three grands prix over the years on 9 April, where Damon Hill took his Williams FW17 Renault to victory over Jean Alesi’s Ferrari and Michael Schumacher’s Benetton-Renault in 1995. Five years later, Schumacher driving a Ferrari F1-2000 had to fend pole man, world champion Mika Häkkinen’a McLaren-Mercedes off to win in San Marino.

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08 06:00:00.04.20208 April: Today in Racing

8 April: Today in Racing

8 April is a most intriguing day in motor racing history. Gilles Villeneuve proved unbeatable in the 1979 United States GP West At Long Beach as he put his Ferrari 312T4 on pole position, set the fastest lap and led teammate Jody Scheckter and Alan Jones’ Williams home to take his third Formula 1 win, his second in a row and Ferrari’s third consecutive USGP win too.

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07 06:00:00.04.20207 April: Today in Racing

7 April: Today in Racing

While there were indeed world championship Grands Prix over the years on 7 April, but it was one of the many non-championship races that made headlines today. South African lass Desiré Wilson became the only woman to ever win a Formula 1 race when she drove her Wolf WR4 Cosworth to victory in the Evening News Trophy at Brands Hatch in the UK.

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06 06:00:00.04.20206 April: Today in Racing

6 April: Today in Racing

Giancarlo Fisichella won a chaotic 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix to the Jordan team's final victory on its 200th F1 start after late-race drama saw Kimi Räikkönen’s McLaren demoted to second and third-placed Fernando Alonso receiving medical attention at the time of the ceremony following a major multi crash after a late rainstorm.

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05 06:00:00.04.20205 April: Today in Racing

5 April: Today in Racing

In race history on 5 April over the years, there were two Grands Prix, first in Brazil in 1992, where Nigel Mansell beat Williams teammate Riccardo Patrese and Michael Schumacher’s Benetton as the Williamses dominated.

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04 06:00:00.04.20204 April: Today in Racing

4 April: Today in Racing

Michael Schumacher led Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello home to another 1-2 over Jenson Button’s BAR-Honda in the first Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004, while Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber did the same over Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes in Malaysia in 2010.

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03 06:00:00.04.20203 April: Today in Racing

3 April: Today in Racing

Mario Andretti thrilled his home crowd when he won 1977 United States Grand Prix West in his Lotus 78 — it was the first time that a 'wing car’ won a GP, while Mario’s Long Beach feat remains the only Formula 1 victory by an American on home soil.

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02 06:00:00.04.20202 April: Today in Racing

2 April: Today in Racing

Carlos Reutemann took advantage of Ferrari teammate Gilles Villeneuve crashing out of the lead to win the 1978 United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach from Mario Andretti in a dominant weekend for the red cars as they dominated practice, qualifying and one of them led every lap of the race.

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01 12:00:00.04.2020Pele’s unforgettable Brazilian Grand Prix debut

Pele’s unforgettable Brazilian Grand Prix debut

As the pinnacle of motorsports, Formula 1 has a great affinity with A-List stars and celebrities. The relationship, although seemingly more prominent in recent years, is endemic and deep-rooted. Brazilian organisers, for instance, invited soccer great Pele to wave the chequered flag at Interlagos Grand Prix 18 years ago.

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01 06:00:00.04.20201 April: Today in Racing

1 April: Today in Racing

There has been only one Grand Prix on April Fool's Day and that was in Brazil in 2001 when David Coulthard beat the Ferraris. Elsewhere, Frank Newton's Napier won at Brooklands in 1908, Willy Mairesse took the non-championship 1962 Brussels Grand Prix in a Ferrari and David Kennedy drove his Wolf-Cosworth to 1979 Belgian F1 Cup victory at Zolder, while Lucas di Grassi won the 2017 Formula E Mexico ePrix.

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31 06:00:00.03.202031 March: Today in Racing

31 March: Today in Racing

Damon Hill surpassed father Graham's tally of 14 grand prix victories as he used his pole position to best effect to clear off and leave the rest in his mist and win the 1996 Brazilian Grand Prix for Williams. Michael Schumacher took the 2002 Brazilian win for Ferrari in spite of flag man, soccer legend Pele missing Michael and brother Ralph’s BMW-Williams before waving the chequer at Takuma Sato two laps down! Moving on to 2019, Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valttieri Bottas benefited third-placed Charles Leclec’s car troubles to win in Bahrain.

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