Throwback Thursday: 30 July 2020 Edition

We are on the verge of entering another race weekend, to help whet the appetite here is a look at the events that Formula 1, Formula E, IndyCar, Super Formula and MotoGP have contested in the past on 30 July.

Formula 1

In 1972 the series was at the Nurburgring for the German Prix, the eighth round of the season. Jacky Ickx would go on to take pole position, fastest lap and the race victory with Clay Regazzoni finishing second and Ronnie Peterson completing the podium. Ickx would ultimately finish the 1972 season fourth in the championship as Emerson Fittipaldi became champion ahead of Jackie Stewart and Denny Hulme.

In 1978 the series was in Germany once again, but this time at the Hockenheimring for what was the eleventh round of the season. Mario Andretti won the event, having also been on pole position, ahead of Jody Scheckter and Jacques Laffite. It was Andretti’s fifth win of the season as he went on to also clinch the Drivers’ title

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In 1989 Formula 1 contested the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring, which was the ninth round of the season. Ayrton Senna took pole position, fastest lap and the race victory. Alain Prost finished second with the two McLaren drivers joined on the podium by the Ferrari of Nigel Mansell. It was Senna’s fourth victory of the season and he would go on to be classified first in two further races in 1989.

The series contested the German Grand Prix on 30 July in 1995 which saw Damon Hill on pole position, but it would be delight for Michael Schumacher who went on to win and record the fastest lap of the race. Hill failed to finish with Schumacher joined on the podium by Hill’s teammate David Coulthard, who had finished second, and the Ferrari of Gerhard Berger.

In 2000 Formula 1 was in action at the Hockenheimring where David Coulthard started in pole position, now driving for McLaren. The race would go on to belong to Rubens Barrichello who worked his way up from the back of the grid to take his maiden victory in the sport, setting the fastest lap on the way. He was joined on the podium by the two McLaren drivers with Mika Hakkinen finishing second and Coulthard claiming third.

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The sport contested the 2006 edition of the German Grand Prix on this date as well which saw Kimi Raikkonen on pole position for McLaren. It would be Michael Schumacher who claimed victory, and the fastest lap, ahead of teammate Felipe Massa and Raikkonen. It was Schumacher’s fifth victory of the 2006 season and he would go on to win two more races in what was his final season for Ferrari before his first retirement from Formula 1.

Lastly there is the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix which saw Sebastian Vettel start in pole position and convert it into race victory for Ferrari while Fernando Alonso set the fastest lap for McLaren. Vettel was joined on the podium by teammate Kimi Raikkonen and the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. Alonso finished the Grand Prix in sixth, only his second points finish of the season, meanwhile for Vettel it was his fourth victory of the season.

Formula E

In 2017 Formula E was bringing to a close its third season with a second race in Montreal. Felix Rosenqvist was in pole position for the season finale but the Swede would ultimately finish second as Jean-Eric Vergne won the race with Jose Maria Lopez completing the top three. The race also saw Lucas di Grassi confirmed as the Drivers’ champion having finished the race seventh while title rival Sebastien Buemi was classified down in eleventh.

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In 1995 CART were at Michigan International Speedway for the thirteenth round of the season. Parker Johnstone started from pole position and would go on to also record the fastest lap of the race. But it was Scott Pruett who took victory ahead of Al Unser, Jr. and Adrian Fernandez. Pruett would finish the season seventh in the championship with victory at Michigan his only win of the season as Jacques Villeneuve won the 1995 championship, having finished tenth at Michigan.

In 2000 the CART series was competing at the Chicago Motor Speedway in the twelfth round of the season. Juan Pablo Montoya started in pole position and would also go on to lead the most laps during the race on his way to finishing twelfth. Cristiano da Matta went on to claim victory ahead of Michael Andretti and Gil de Ferran, while Adrian Fernandez claimed the fastest lap of the race.

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The ChampCar series was competing in San Jose, California for the ninth round of the fourteen round 2006 season. Sebastien Bourdais took victory, having started in pole position, ahead of Cristiano da Matta and Justin Wilson. Meanwhile over at Michigan International Speedway the IndyCar series was contesting the eleventh round of its fourteen round schedule, where Helio Castroneves was on pole position which he converted to race victory ahead of Vitor Meira and Dan Wheldon. Meira also led the most laps with Kosuke Matsuura setting the fastest lap of the race on his way to finishing ninth.

In 2017 IndyCar was at Mid-Ohio (as they will be next weekend) for the thirteenth round of the season. Will Power started in pole position but he would have to settle for finishing second as victory was taken by Josef Newgarden, who also led the most laps, while completing the top three was Graham Rahal. Alexander Rossi set the fastest lap of the race on his way to finishing sixth.

Super Formula

In 2000 the then called Formula Nippon series was contesting the sixth round of the season at Sugo.

Toranosuke Takagi (pictured below, left) started in pole position, his fifth of the season. He would go on to win the race, also his fifth win of the season. Takagi was joined on the podium by German Michael Krumm and Katsutomo Kaneishi. The fastest lap of the race went to Juichi Wakisaka, although he failed to finish.

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Sugo was one of eight victories that Takagi would claim throughout the 2000 Formula Nippon series as he romped to the title only failing to finish outside the top two once across the ten race season.


In 1961 what is now called MotoGP was at the Sachsenring for the seventh round of the season, the East German Grand Prix. 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and the 500cc classes were all in action at the event.

In the 125cc class Ernst Degner took his second race victory of the season ahead of Tom Phillis and Kuninitsu Takahashi. Degner would go on to win one more race in the 1961 125cc championship on his way to second, losing out by two points to Tom Phillis while Takahashi went on to finish the 1961 season fifth.

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In the 250cc class Mike Hailwood won the 1961 edition of the East German Grand Prix, his third of the season, ahead of Jim Redman and Kuninitsu Takahashi. Hailwood would ultimately take four victories across the 1961 250cc season on his way to clinching the title ahead of Tom Phillis and Jim Redman. Takahashi would ultimately finish the 250cc season in fourth.

In the 350cc class Gary Hocking claimed victory, one of four he would achieve in the class on his way to winning the 1961 350cc title. Hocking would also go on and win the 500cc East German Grand Prix ahead of Mike Hailwood and Bert Schneider, one of seven victories Hocking took across the 1961 500cc season on his way to the title.

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