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Il Commendatore passes away

What happened on this day in Formula One history?
Enzo Ferrari talks to the press in 1977 © Sutton Images
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1988
Enzo Ferrari passed away peacefully in Maranello aged 90. Having founded the car company which founded his name Ferrari is a legend of the motor industry as well as Formula One. Ferrari is the only team to have competed in every single F1 world championship since its inaugural season in 1950. In that time Ferrari became one of the dominant figures in motorsport and revelled in creating pressure between his drivers over the status of number one driver. Fittingly, at the second grand prix after his death, Gerhard Berger led a Ferrari one-two ahead of team-mate Michele Alboreto at Monza, the only race McLaren did not win in 1988.

1979
Alan Jones won the Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring to secure three consecutive wins for the Williams team. Even though Williams also won the next race, ultimately, his team's winning streak proved in vain and was not enough to stop Jody Scheckter and Ferrari notching up a drivers' and constructors' championship double that year. Rene Arnoux secured his first pole position as Renault started with a power advantage from its turbo but he was quickly passed at the start and fuel pick-up problems meant he finished sixth.

1990
Belgian driver Thierry Boutsen secured his third and final victory for Williams at the 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix after withstanding intense pressure from Ayrton Senna's McLaren-Honda. The race also marked Alex Caffi's 50th grand prix start.

1985
Former F1 driver Manfred Winkelhock was killed when he crashed heavily at turn 2 at Mosport Park near Toronto during the Budweiser 1000 km World Endurance Championship event. The brother of Joachim Winkelhock, Manfred became famous when he flipped his F2 March at the very steep rise-and-fall Flugplatz corner on the Nürburgring in 1980. He started 47 grands prix between 1980 and 1985.

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