What Happened On This Day June 8 In F1 History?

From the death of Ludovico Scarfiotti in 1968 to Lewis Hamilton's error at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.


By Ben Bush
Updated on June 15, 2024

2008 Canadian Grand Prix Pitlane Crash
Lewis Hamilton caused a pitlane crash at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.

What happened on this day, June 8 in Formula 1 history? Find out interesting facts and stories about Formula 1 on this day.


Italian driver Ludovico Scarfiotti tragically died on June 8, 1968, during a hill climb event on the Roßfeldhöhenringstraße near Berchtesgaden, Germany. The accident occurred when his Porsche 910 veered off the track and plunged down a wooded slope, resulting in Scarfiotti being ejected from the car. Before his Formula 1 career, Scarfiotti triumphed at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ferrari. In F1, he competed in 12 Grand Prix races and won numerous non-championship races. With 17 championship points and a world championship race win, Scarfiotti also claimed the European mountain driving championship in 1962 and was twice named Italy’s top driver in the 1960s.


The 1975 Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp was a poignant moment in Tony Brise’s short-lived racing career. Competing for Graham Hill‘s new team, Embassy Racing With Graham Hill, Brise managed an impressive sixth-place finish starting from 17th on the grid. Tragically, later that year, he perished in a plane crash that also claimed the lives of Hill and several team members. The race itself was won by Niki Lauda, marking his third consecutive win of the season, after Carlos Reutemann was sidelined with throttle issues near the race’s end.


At the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was well on his way to another win, leading the race by 7.1 seconds until a shocking error. During a pit stop initiated by a safety car period caused by Adrian Sutil’s car stopping on track, Hamilton collided with a stationary Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari in the pit lane. Nico Rosberg followed suit, crashing into Hamilton. This sequence of events led Robert Kubica to achieve his first Formula One victory and the first for the BMW Sauber team, with Nick Heidfeld securing second place to complete a 1-2 finish for the team.

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