December 29th 2012

Countdown to 2013 Formula One season: 76 days

Birthdays:
Audi LMP1 driver and former F1 driver Allan McNish is 43 today!

On This Day:
Graham Hill won the first F1 world championship South African Grand Prix in 1962, after polesitter Jim Clark retired 20 laps from the end with an oil leak. Clark had needed to win to secure the world championship, but his retirement gave the title to the race winner as the season, and the year, came to an end. Clark’s loss also meant that BRM, rather than Lotus, won the constructor championship.

Stat of the Day:
In 1962 and 1963, the South African Grand Prix was held at the very end of the year. But after a year’s break, in 1965 it moved to New Year’s Day. New Year hosted the GP twice, while in 1967 it was on January 2nd as the 1st was a Sunday.

No Grand Prix has ever been held later in the year than December 29th, and so this is the latest date that the world championship has been won on.

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