- August 30 down the years
Hill wins for Jordan as Schumachers vent frustrationWhat happened on this day in Formula One history?
Damon Hill secured the first ever victory for the Jordan F1 team, winning his first grand prix since 1996 and leading home Ralf Schumacher for a team 1-2. McLaren's David Coulthard triggered a massive accident at the start of the race, with 13 cars involved. After the restart, Michael Schumacher forged into the lead and looked to have the race victory sewn up before he crashed into the back of David Coulthard whilst trying to lap him. A furious Schumacher then had to be restrained by Ferrari staff after he marched into the McLaren garage ranting at Coulthard, even claiming the Scot had tried to kill him. His younger brother was also an unhappy man after the race as he felt he should have been allowed to race his team-mate for the victory.
The man who established the second most successful Formula One team of all time, Bruce McLaren, was born in Auckland, New Zealand. After winning the first grand prix of 1960, McLaren slipped into a supporting role to reigning champion Jack Brabham, finishing second in the championship behind the Australian. McLaren formed his own team in 1964. In 1968 he enticed his friend and reigning world champion Denny Hulme to join him and, while Hulme set the pace in Formula One, McLarens dominated the American CanAm sports car series for the rest of the decade. As his team had a reputation for consistency and safety, it was ironic that he should die while testing one of his CanAm cars at Goodwood in 1970.
Giancarlo Fisichella grabbed the first pole position for Force India and the inspired Italian nearly followed it up with a surprise victory in the race, eventually finishing a close second behind race winner Kimi Raikkonen.
Michael Schumacher made the right call to stop and change to slick tyres on a drying circuit before the leading Williams duo and emerged ahead of Nigel Mansell to win the Belgian Grand Prix. After changing for slicks, Mansell began to reel Schumacher in but a broken exhaust meant he had to back off and nurse his car home to second.
A frantic battle in the closing stages of the Dutch Grand Prix saw Alain Prost emerge victorious ahead of Nelson Piquet and Alan Jones. Jones tried to pass Prost on numerous occasions but his efforts took a toll on his tyres, allowing Piquet to get past and secure second.