On This Day In F1 - Alain Prost's Ferrari Sounded Amazing

On This Day In F1 - Alain Prost's Ferrari Sounded Amazing

A look back at what happened on 12 August in Formula 1 history

1979 Austrian Grand Prix
René Arnoux took the first of what would be 18 poles in his career, but his Renault was never a serious threat for victory. Instead, Williams continued its incredible form as Alan Jones took the team’s third consecutive win after he snatched the lead on lap four from the fast-starting Gilles Villeneuve.

Jones and Williams were becoming a potent combination. (c) Williams/LAT
Jones and Williams were becoming a potent combination. (c) Williams/LAT

1990 Hungarian Grand Prix
A good day for Williams as Thierry Boutsen took his third and final career win from the only pole position of his career. He brilliantly held off Ayrton Senna’s McLaren (on fresh tyres to boot) in the closing stages and won by just three-tenths of a second.

Senna had no answer for Boutsen. (c) Williams/LAT
Senna had no answer for Boutsen. (c) Williams/LAT

Senna didn’t endear himself to everyone by punting Alessandro Nannini’s Benetton out on his way through the field - had penalties been more of a thing back then, he’d surely have received one.

Alain Prost suffered his third retirement of the season - bad for his championship challenge, but terrible for fans watching at home as it meant that half the race went by without this camera angle - an interesting view, yes, but the sound… oh, that magnificent V12 sound.

Gabriele Tarquini managed to get his AGS to the end of a race for the first time in well over a year, finishing 13th. He was absolutely shattered, too, and said afterwards “I’m just not used to cars that finish!”