This week in motor sport – April 17


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database – some greats are born, Senna wins for the first time in Formula 1, and Alain Prost claims an all-French victory at home.

April 17

1954: Riccardo Patrese is born. In profile

1983: An all-French victory at Paul Ricard, as Alain Prost wins for Renault and Elf. Report

1986: Romain Grosjean is born. In profile

April 18

1942: Austria’s first F1 champion Jochen Rindt is born. In profile

1979: 2014 WEC champion Anthony Davidson is born. In profile

2010: McLaren dominates in the rain at the Chinese Grand Prix. Report

April 19

1912: Restauranteur and rapid amateur Rudolf Fischer is born. In profile

1962: Al Unser Jr is born, third generation racer of the Unser dynasty. In profile

1970: Jackie Stewart wins a fraught Spanish Grand Prix. Report

April 20

1927: America’s first F1 champion Phil Hill is born. In profile

1961: Le Mans winner Paolo Barilla is born. In profile

1963: Maurício Gugelmin, F1 racer, record holder and Ayrton Senna’s housemate, is born. In profile

April 21

1985: At a soaked Estoril, Ayrton Senna claims his first Grand Prix victory. Report

1991: F1 and IndyCar racer Max Chilton is born. In profile 

April 22

1935: Mercedes and Alfa share the spoils at Monaco. Report

1978: Minardi Grand Prix racer Esteban Tuero is born. In profile.

April 23

1961: Pierluigi Martini, Le Mans winner for Schnitzer BMW, is born. In profile

1989: Ayrton Senna beats Alain Prost at Imola, as Gerhard Berger survives a 170mph shunt. Report

1992: Californian Ronnie Bucknum dies. In profile

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