This week in motor sport – July 25


This week in motor sport from the Database and Archive, featuring numerous German Grands Prix, birthdays for Le Mans winners and much more.

July 25

1982: Nelson Piquet’s retirement hands Renault a 1-2 at home. René Arnoux leads team-mate Alain Prost, Didier Pironi completes a French 1-2-3 at Paul Ricard. Report

1985: Nelson Piquet Jr is born. Report

1993: A tyre blow-out denies Damon Hill victory at Hockenheim, team-mate Prost wins ahead of Michael Schumacher and Mark Blundell. Report

July 26

1925: Antonio Ascari dies at Montlhéry, crashing fatally while leading the French Grand Prix. In profile

1987: Piquet claims an attritional German Grand Prix, Stefan Johansson finishes second with three wheels. Report

1992: At Hockenheim, Nigel Mansell scores his eighth win of the season to match Ayrton Senna’s record. Report

July 27

1948: Bentley hero Woolf Barnato dies following an operation. In profile

1953: Philippe Alliot is born. In profile

July 28

1935: Tazio Nuvolari shocks the home teams with victory at the Nürburgring. Report

1961: Four-time Le Mans winner Yannick Dalmas is born. In profile

1991: Mansell leads Riccardo Patrese in a Williams 1-2 at Hockenheim, while Senna runs out of fuel. Report

July 29

1973: Jackie Stewart wins a tragic Dutch Grand Prix, during which Roger Williamson is killed. Report

1979: Alan Jones wins the German Grand Prix, despite a slow puncture and misfire. Report 

1981: Fernando Alonso is born. In profile

1990: Senna beats Alessandro Nannini to victory at Hockenheim. Report 

July 30

1972: Jacky Ickx wins ‘one of the better Grand Prix races’ at the Nürburgring for Ferrari. Report

1978: Mario Andretti cruises to his fifth victory of the season, winning at the Hockenheim. Report 

1989: Prost shadows Senna to the flag at Hockenheim as McLaren dominate. Report

July 31

1977: A calm and confident Niki Lauda controls the German Grand Prix having taken the lead from Jody Scheckter. Report

1978: Justin Wilson is born. In profile

1994: Gerhard Berger converts his pole into victory at Hockenheim, Jos Verstappen’s Benetton catches fire in the pitlane, Ligier takes second and third. Report


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