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Nelson Piquet Souto Maior, more commonly known as Nelson Piquet, is a Brazilian racing driver who was Formula One world champion in 1981, 1983, and 1987. He is known for his rivalry with Nigel Mansell and his outspoken opinion.
Nelson has a son, Nelson Piquet Jr. who is also a Formula One racing driver.
Death of Didier Pironi who had won 3 GPs. The racer won one Grand Prix in 1980 with a Ligier-Ford JS11/15 and 2 in 1982 in a Ferrari 126C2. Five years after the end of his F1 career he was killed when his powerboat flipped over during a race in the Solent, off the Isle of Wight.
Mark Webber, the Australian Williams F1 driver, was born on August 27, 1976 in Queanbeyan.
Born in Wörgl, Austria.
Bruce Leslie McLaren, born in Auckland, New Zealand, was a race-car designer, driver, engineer and inventor. He is the founder of the McLaren Formula One team. With Bruce behind the wheel, the cars were dominant in the CanAm series while also winning three times the Indianapolis 500. Bruce also won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1966 where he partnered Chris Amon.
Bruce died June 2, 1970 when he tested his CanAm M8D. When the bodywork came loose, the car spun off and hit a bunker that was used as a signalling post. Bruce McLaren was 33 years old.
French F1-driver who has driven for Ligier, Prost, BAR and Toyota was born in Lyon, France
Karl Jochen Rindt was an Austrian racing driver, born in Mainz, Germany. He is the only driver to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship (in 1970), after being killed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix. Rindt also won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1965.
Born in West Kensington, England, Stirling Moss is said to be the very best F1 driver ever who has never won a championship. He once told an interviewer that he had participated in 525 races overall, as many as 62 in a single year, in 84 different cars. Like many drivers of the era, he competed in several formulae - sometimes at the same time.
Stirling Moss was a pioneer in the British Formula One racing scene and placed second in the Drivers' Championship four times in a row from 1955 to 1958.
F1's world champion of 1996 with Williams Renault was born in Hampstead, England
Born in Bogota, Cololmbia
Robert Michael Doornbos was born on September 23, 1981 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Doornbos made his F1 debut as official test driver for the Jordan F1 Team prior to the 2004 Chinese GP. In 2005, Robert got the chance to replace Patrick Friesacher with the Minardi F1 Team for the last 8 races of the season. During the 2006 season, Doornbos got a contract with Red Bull as a test and reserve driver.