• April 4 down the years

Schumacher reigns in Bahrain

What happened on April 4 in Formula One history?
Michael Schumacher celebrates winning the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix © Getty Images

The inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix was a dull affair, dominated from start to finish by Michael Schumacher, who recorded his third win in three races of the season. Ferrari also dominated with Rubens Barrichello taking second, the pair well ahead of Jenson Button. "{Schumacher] was buffeted by a fierce wind that cut across the desert around the circuit in Sakhir and whipped up blinding clouds of dust," wrote the Times. "The sand was blown with such intensity that it stripped paint from the noses of the cars as they sped around."

Bob Christie, born on this day, raced in the USAC Championship Car series between 1956 and 1963, including eight starts in the Indianapolis 500. Between 1956 and 1960 that race formed part of the FIA World Championship, so Christie was credited with five starts.

Richard Attwood was born in Wolverhampton on this day. After an apprenticeship in Formula Junior, during which he won the Monaco support race in 1963, an unhappy period with a limited Formula One programme with BRM followed in 1964. He went on to enjoy a shot at the big time with a Reg Parnell Racing Lotus-BRM in 1965, collecting a couple of sixth places. However, he raced sports cars for the next two seasons before joining BRM, replacing Mike Spence. His second place first time out, at Monaco, amazed all and sundry. Sadly, this form was never repeated and he was to race sports cars from then on, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours for Porsche in 1970.

"Little George" Amick, whose two World Championship outings came at the Indianapolis 500 in 1957 and 1958, was killed at the newly-opened Daytona International Speedway when on the last lap he lost control and slammed into a concrete wall at 190mph. In the 1958 Indianapolis 500 he overcame an early crash to take second place. His six points from two outings means he still has the highest points/starts ratio in F1.

In a decade and a half and 214 grand prix, Andrea de Cesaris, born on this day, only managed five podiums and no wins. In his early days he owed his drives to strong Marlboro connections, and his driving style was unpredictable. However, he spent 1982 and 1983 with Alfa Romeo. He came third at Monaco in 1982 but he could have won. Lying second going on to the final lap behind Didier Pironi, he was gifted the lead when the Ferrari's electrics failed but, cruelly, he had run out of fuel. He led again, at Spa in 1983, but his engine blew, and even though he scored two second places, he was on to pastures new - Ligier - for 1984. Two seasons with the French team produced little, so then he went to Minardi, then Brabham, then Rial, then Dallara, then Jordan, then Tyrrell, Jordan again and finally to Sauber before his Formula One days ended in 1994. He is the third-most-experienced Formula One driver ever, behind Riccardo Patrese and Rubens Barrichello. But still with no win …

Niki Lauda won in the third race of his comeback at the USA Grand Prix West at Long Beach, his first F1 victory in almost five years. "I said it would take three races and thank God it did," he said. His win was all the more remarkable because he lost half his gears midway through the race.