Another busy day in racing at the end of June, there were however only two Formula 1 Grands Prix on this day over the years.
Dan Gurney’s Brabham BT7 Climax held Graham Hill’s BRM and team boss Jack’s similar Brabham off to win the 1964 French Grand Prix at Rouen.
A most resourceful fellow, Gurney went on to develop the Gurney tab, an aerodynamic solution still used universally on the trailing edges of car bodywork and aerofoils, introduced the full-face helmet to racing and built his own and other F1 and other race cars alongside a most impressive racing CV.
Also in France, Michael Schumacher won the 1998 French Grand Prix at Magny Cours driving a Ferrari F300. Teammate Eddie Irvine was second ahead of Mika Häkkinen’s McLaren-Mercedes.
So dominant was Antonio Ascari’s Alfa Romeo P2 in the 1925 Belgian Grand Prix, that he could take a leisurely pit stop for a snack and a drink and still return to the track and win at ease at Spa, while Tazio Nuvolari drove and Alfa Romeo 12C-35 to win the 1936 Circuito di Milano at the Parco Sempione. More recently, Nino’ Farina stormed to 1953 Grand Prix de Rouen victory in a Ferrari 500.
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