It's hard to imagine in today's professional era but until the eighties it was common practice in minor Formula One countries for local drivers to bring some local colour to the grid, joining the regulars for a one-off in their privately entered machines. One such privateer was John Love.
Flying the Flag: Masahiro Hasemi
When the Formula 1 teams showed up for the final race of the 1976 season and the conclusion of a titanic battle between Ferrari’s Niki Lauda and McLaren’s James Hunt, few noticed several Japanese drivers on the entry list for the main event; one of which happened to be Tokyo native Masahiro Hasemi.
Goodbye Bridgestone, Hello Pirelli
Today’s young driver test session marked Bridgestone’s final day as Formula 1’s sole tyre supplier.