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Christopher Amon was born in Bulls, New Zealand. He was a Formula One race driver in the 1960s and 1970s and drove for 12 different teams. In 108 races he managed to finish 11 times on the podium. Amon also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1966 with Bruce McLaren.
Tiago Vagaroso da Costa Monteiro was born on July 24, 1976 in Porto, Portugal. In 2003, Tiago had his first taste of a F1 car when he was testing with the Renault team at Barcelona. For the 2004 season, Monteiro was signed up as official test driver for the Minardi team.
In 2005, Tiago raced for the Jordan Team alongside Narain Karthikeyan. He there managed to finish 16 consecutive races, a new record for a rookie driver. He became 3rd at the 2005 US GP after all Michelin teams abandoned the race before the official start because of safety reasons.
For the 2006 season, Monteiro signed a contract with Midland F1.
Spaniard Alonso managed to get F1 popular again in Spain. He was the youngest driver to get on pole and the youngest to win a Grand Prix. All that he managed in a Renault.
Tonio Liuzzi was born on 6 August, 1981 in Locorotondo, Italy. In September 2004, Tonio had a test drive with Sauber. In November 2004, again he was given a test drive, this time with the new Red Bull team. The Italian was granted a raceseat for 2005 but had to share it with Christian Klien who was favoured and drove most of the races. Liuzzi signed a contract to move to Scuderia Toro Rosso, the second F1 team of Red Bull, in 2006.
Lucas Tucci Di Grassi, born in São Paulo, Brazil is a racing driver. He finished runner up in the 2007 GP2 season and has been a Renault Driver Development member until 2008.
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.