- April 19 down the years
Stewart strolls in SpainWhat happened on April 19 in Formula One history?
World champion Jackie Stewart guided March to their first grand prix victory after winning the Spanish Grand Prix with such ease that he lapped everyone else taking part at least once. What drama there was came on the opening lap when Jackie Oliver, who had lost his brakes, ploughed into Jacky Ickx and the pair careered into the barriers and burst into flames. Both drivers escaped with minor injuries and so intense was the fire that it continued to burn for an hour and a half. The race also marked Mario Andretti's first ever podium finish, the American finishing third in his March ahead of Graham Hill's Lotus.
Sixteen of the starters at the Monaco Grand Prix were Bugattis so it was no surprise one of them, driven by Monegasque Louis Chiron, won after battling through the field and setting a lap record in the process as he finished five minutes ahead of Luigi Fagioli. Jean Bugatti could not control his joy and leapt over the parapet of the bleachers and fell into Chiron's arms.
Sebastian Vettel secured Red Bull Racing's first grand prix victory at the Chinese Grand Prix. Vettel, who also gave Toro Rosso its first win the previous season, started from pole and led home team-mate Mark Webber for a dominant 1-2. Brawn's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello finished third and fourth respectively.
German driver Kurt Ahrens Jr., a former sports car racing and touring car racing driver, was born in Braunschweig, Germany. His one grand prix was in Germany in 1968.
South African racing driver Basil van Rooyen was born. He participated in two grands prix but retired from both, scoring no championship points.
Rudi Fischer was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He participated in eight Formula One World Championships, making his debut at the Swiss Grand Prix in 1951. He achieved two podiums, and scored a total of 10 championship points. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One and Formula Two races.