What Happened On This Day June 25 In F1 History?

From the death of Dick Seaman at the 1939 Belgian Grand Prix to Fernando Alonso's win at the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix for Renault.

Mark Phelan

By Mark Phelan
Updated on June 26, 2024

Fernando Alonso Wins 2006 Canadian Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso wins the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix for Renault.

What happened on this day, June 25 in Formula 1 history? Find out interesting facts and stories about Formula 1 on this day.


British aristocrat and racing driver Dick Seaman met a tragic end at the 1939 Belgian Grand Prix when he crashed into a tree while in the lead, his car bursting into flames. Severely injured and soaked in petrol, he later succumbed to his injuries with his wife, whom he had married just six months earlier, by his side. Previously, Seaman had achieved fame driving for Mercedes, capturing a notable victory at the 1938 German Grand Prix, witnessed by Adolf Hitler. On his deathbed, he reportedly confessed to a Mercedes engineer, “I was going too fast for the conditions. It was entirely my own fault. I am sorry.”


Patrick Tambay, a French Formula One racer, was born in Paris on June 25, 1949. Over his career, he competed in 123 Grand Prix races, achieving two wins and five pole positions and amassing 103 Championship points. In 2006, Tambay participated in the first season of the Grand Prix Masters series, a competition for retired Formula One drivers, and continued competing in the series through 2007.


Born in Romford, London, on June 25, 1964, British race car driver Johnny Herbert made his mark in Formula One between 1989 and 2000, claiming three Grand Prix wins, including the 1995 British Grand Prix. Herbert also triumphed in endurance racing, notably winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1991 with a Mazda 787B. While he enjoyed considerable success in junior motorsport categories, he found it challenging to replicate this performance at the pinnacle of motorsport.


Fernando Alonso advanced closer to clinching his second consecutive Formula One drivers’ championship with a victory at the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix. Driving for Renault, this triumph marked his fourth consecutive win and the sixth of that season.

Seen in:

About The Author

Senior Editor

Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Mark is a staff writer specialising in the history of Formula 1 races. Mark researches most of our historic content from teams to drivers and races. He has followed Formula 1 since 1988, and admits to having a soft spot for British drivers from James Hunt and Nigel Mansell to Lando Norris. He loves a great F1 podcast and has read pretty much every drivers biography.

Latest Reads