Winners’ circle:

Jacques Laffite leads teammate Patrick Depailler of Equipe Ligier the race throughout during the 1979 Brazilian Grand Prix, never being further back than first. He smashed the 1975 pole position record by seven seconds due to the new “ground effect” of the Ligier JS11, sat the fast lap and won one of his six Grands Prix wins.


The class of 1984 (and there’s no Arrows, ATS, Osella and Ram in this pack of pictures, what means 14 teams!)

1 - Mclaren MP4 - 2 TAG Porsche

2 - Brabham BT53 BMW

3 - Ferrari 126 C4

4 - Williams FW 09 Honda

5 - Lotus 95 T Renault

6 - Toleman TG 184 Hart

7 - Renault RE 50

8 - Ligier JS 23 Renault

9 -  Alfa Romeo 184T

10 - Tyrrell 012


On this day in 1992, Érik Comas crashed heavily at the Blanchimont corner during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna was the first driver to pass the clearly struggling Comas, who proceeded to pull over next to Érik’s Ligier, turned off the redlining Renault engine preventing an explosion, and held Comas’ head stable preventing any injury. Comas said the following about the incident, “It’s likely Ayrton saved my life at that moment.”