What Happened On This Day June 12 In F1 History?

From John Surtees winning at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix to a thrilling 2005 Canadian Grand Prix, where Kimi Raikkonen emerged victorious.


By Ben Bush
Updated on June 14, 2024

Kimi Raikkonen 2005 Canadian Grand Prix
Kimi Raikkonen wins the 2005 Canadian Grand Prix for McLaren.

What happened on this day, June 12 in Formula 1 history? Find out interesting facts and stories about Formula 1 on this day.


John Surtees won the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix, overtaking Jochen Rindt in the final laps amidst challenging weather conditions. The race was marred by Jackie Stewart‘s severe crash on the first lap, resulting in multiple injuries. Graham Hill heroically stopped to rescue Stewart, who was trapped in his overturned car, risking his own race in the process. Despite being physically able to continue, Hill retired from the race due to the time lost during the rescue.


Rene Arnoux dominated the 1983 Canadian Grand Prix, leading from start to finish, 40 seconds ahead of Eddie Cheever. In a non-turbo Williams-Cosworth, Keke Rosberg managed a commendable fourth place, even while facing obstacles like being blocked by Andrea de Cesaris.


The 1988 Canadian Grand Prix witnessed McLaren‘s continued dominence, with Ayrton Senna defeating teammate Alain Prost by a significant margin. Thierry Boutsen claimed third place in a fierce battle, while Derek Warwick finished the race in seventh place despite severe injuries from a crash the previous day.


On the eve of the 1993 Canadian Grand Prix, tensions flared between the teams and FISA, which had issued a controversial document labelling many technological innovations as illegal, aiming to restrict them in the upcoming season. This move was met with stern opposition from team leaders, including Ron Dennis, who called for a more conciliatory approach amidst the conflict.


At the 1994 Canadian Grand Prix, Michael Schumacher clinched his fifth victory in six races, extending his lead over Damon Hill by 28 points, a gap Hill never closed. Hill expressed frustration at being held up by David Coulthard, who eventually allowed him past following team orders, although Coulthard felt justified in his initial decision to race for position.


In a thrilling 2005 Canadian Grand Prix, Kimi Raikkonen emerged victorious after both Renault drivers, Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso, retired with six laps of each other. Juan Pablo Montoya was disqualified after he prematurely exited the pit lane on a red light, leading to a double podium for Ferrari with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello securing second and third places, respectively. Jenson Button, aiming for third, crashed after hitting the kerbs at the final chicane. He explained his mishap, noting the unexpected understeer due to debris on his tyres and his preference to risk crashing rather than yielding his position to Schumacher.

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