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May 18, 1958 – Lotus makes its Formula One debut
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May 18, 1958 – Lotus makes its Formula One debut

Team Lotus made its Formula One debut today in 1958 at the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying, the opening event for the European racing season. Lotus entered two single-seat Type 12 race cars, which were driven by Cliff Allison and Graham Hill. While Ferrari was the favored team in the face, it was the Brits who took home the checkered flag thanks to the driving of Maurice Trintignant behind the wheel of his Cooper. At the same event, Maria Teresa de Filippis became the first female F1 driver. Both Lotus cars finished the race, with Allison in 6th and Hill in 26th. Anthony Chapman, founder of Lotus Engineering Company and racecar driver himself, took notes at the race and redesigned his cars based on the successes of other competitors. Just two years later a Type 18 Lotus was entered in...
July 16, 2006 – Michael Schumacher wins 8th French GP, sets F1 record
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July 16, 2006 – Michael Schumacher wins 8th French GP, sets F1 record

Michael Schumacher made Formula One history on this day in 2006 when he became the first driver to win the same Grand Prix eight times when he took the checkers at that year's French Grand Prix. He had previously won the race in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2004. Schumacher also set a record for most career hat tricks at this Grand Prix, earning his 22nd pole position, win and fastest lap all in the same race.

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