This Week In F1 History


There were first for Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna…

March 19
Nicola Larini, who contested 75 grands prix in a career that spanned 10 years, was born on this day in 1964. He claimed one podium for Ferrari, finishing second to Michael Schumacher at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

March 20
History was made by Narain Karthikeyan on this day in 2005 when he raced for Jordan and in doing so became the first Indian driver to compete in Formula 1.

March 21
Jenson Button claimed his first-ever F1 podium when he brought his BAR-Honda home in third place at the 2004 Malaysian Grand Prix.
And on this day in 1960, Ayrton Senna was born.

March 22
Michael Schumacher, racing for Benetton-Ford, secured the first podium of his F1 career at the 1992 Mexican GP. He would go on to add a further 154 top-three results to his tally.
Peter Revson died in a testing crash at the Kyalami in South Africa in 1974.

March 23
This day in 2003 yielded Kimi Raikkonen's first F1 victory as he brought his McLaren home in first place at the 2003 Malaysian GP.
Fernando Alonso, who had scored his first pole position the previous day, crossed the line in third place to secure his first podium for Renault.
Jaime Alguersuari and Ricardo Luiz Zonta celebrate their birthdays.

March 24
Ayrton Senna wowed his home fans as he claimed the victory at the 1991 Brazilian GP despite a gearbox problem. He won it again two years later.
Long-time McLaren test driver Gary Paffett was born on this day in 1981, as was Eugene Martin (1915).

March 25
Arguably one of the greatest ever to compete in Formula 1, Ayrton Senna, made his debut on this day in 1984. His first race was the Brazilian GP and he was racing for Toleman. He completed just eight laps before a turbo problem put him into retirement.
Fritz d'Orey was born in 1938.