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On This Day: Ronnie & Ricardo, Mansell to Minardi and other tales

The 14th day of February has been a busy day in the annals of Formula 1 history. Two drivers would have celebrated their birthdays today had they not been stolen from us too soon. The original SuperSwede Ronnie Peterson – who many regard as one of the most naturally gifted racing drivers of all time – was born on this day in 1944. Although he was denied a world title he was runner-up twice, the final time abiding to a gentlemen's agreement with Colin Chapman to allow Mario Andretti to win the 1978 championship. Before the year was over, with three rounds to go – at Monza – the Lotus of Peterson was involved in a first-lap multiple-car melee which resulted in 27...
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