Today in Racing: 16 May

On an oddly quiet day in race history, Niki Lauda led Clay Regazzoni to a Ferrari 312T2 1-2 over Jacques Laffite’s Ligier Matra in the 1976 Grand Prix of Belgium.

Michael Schumacher then broke Lauda’s win record to become Ferrari’s most successful ever driver with his 16th victory in red over teammate Eddie Irvine and Mika Häkkinen’s McLaren Mercedes at Monaco 1999.


Mark Webber beat Red Bull Renault teammate Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica’s Renault to be the first Australian to win the Monaco Grand Prix since Sir Jack Brabham in 1959 as he moved into the lead in the 2010 world championship standings.

In other racing on this day, Leon Thery’s Richard-Brasier won the 1905 Gordon Bennett Cup French qualifiers and Cyril Snipe drove his SCAT to win the 1912 Targa Florio, while Frontenac drivers Ralph Mulford and Louis Chevrolet and Duesenberg duo Eddie Hearne an and Tommy Milton each won a heat of the 1918 Liberty Sweepstakes on the Uniontown, Pennsylvania board track.

More recently, Giuseppe Farina’s Maserati 4CLT was victorious the first Monaco Grand Prix to be run for ten years in 1948, while down in Africa, Dave Charlton won the South African championship 1971 Bulawayo 100 in Rhodesia driving a Lotus 49C Cosworth.

In sportscar racing, Willy Mairesse’s Ferrari 250L won at Spa in ’65 and Michele Alboreto and Riccardo Patrese’s Lancia LC1 overcame Jackie Ickx and Derek Bell’s Porsche 956 on its race debut to win the 1982 Silverstone 6-hour. On the same day, John Paul Junior and John Paul Senior’s Porsche 935C won the Charlotte US IMSA round, while Mauro Baldi and Laurent Redon ‘s Ferrari 333SP took the ’99 Spa 1000 and Sebastien Loeb’s Citroen Xsara topped the only World Rally round on this day in Cyprus 2004.