This week in motor sport – October 17


This week in motor sport from the Archive and Database, with Formula 1 in Japan, South Africa, Vegas and Mexico, and Senna and Prost coming to blows on track.

October 17

1979: Kimi Räikkönen is born. In profile

1981: Alan Jones wins at Las Vegas, while his curiously off-form team-mate Carlos Reutemann loses out on the title to Nelson Piquet. Report

October 18

1933: Ludovico Scarfiotti is born in Turin. In profile

1987: Nigel Mansell wins the split Mexican Grand Prix, but is unhappy with Piquet. Report 

Ludovico Scarfiotti at Tabac Corner, Monaco, in 1968

October 19

1969: Denny Hulme claims the Mexican Grand Prix. Report

1985: Having avoided the pirouetting Keke Rosberg, Mansell wins at Kyalami as the French teams boycott. Report 

1987: Mercedes man Hermann Lang dies aged 78. In profile

October 20

1978: Twenty-nine-year-old Gunnar Nilsson passes away of cancer. In profile

1991: Despite team orders moving Ayrton Senna into the lead, Gerhard Berger heads a McLaren 1-2 in Japan after Senna waves him back into the lead. Report

Gunnar Nilsson, Zolder, 1976

October 21

1932: Formula 1 podium-finisher Cesare Perdisa is born. In profile

1990: Piquet benefits as Alain Prost and Senna collide at the first corner. Report

October 22

1989: Senna and Prost clash in Japan, Alessandro Nannini inherits the win from a minute back. Report 

October 23

1966: A hero is born: Alex Zanardi. In profile 

1977: James Hunt scores his final F1 win, in Japan. Report

1993: Innes Ireland dies aged 63. In profile

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