This week in motor sport sees three wins apiece in France for Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell, plus a birthday for the greatest sports car racer of them all.
A packed weekend of motor racing at Reims in 1958 was overshadowed by the death of Luigi Musso, killed when he crashed out of second place. Mike Hawthorn claimed what would be his final win in Formula 1.
In 1989 Prost beat a charging Nigel Mansell, while Ayrton Senna continued a run of bad luck. Prost almost apologetically pinched the victory from Ivan Capelli in 1990 before beating team-mate Damon Hill in 1993.
The French Grand Prix was the domain of Nigel Mansell in those two intervening years. He passed Prost for the win in 1991 when they came to lap Mansell’s Williams team-mate Patrese, and the following year Patrese played his part again by waving Mansell by and into the lead.
F1 also went to Dallas this week in 1984, and Keke Rosberg claimed only his third win in F1. Ayrton Senna was “in total command of the conditions, the race situation and strategy” at Silverstone in 1988, while Mansell behind charged entertainingly into second place.