1989 Non-Existent Grand Prix
The non-existent Grand Prix of 1989 was won by nobody because it was held on Christmas Day and didn’t actually happen. This race is famous for being the only grand prix in history where there were no finishers – a situation made possible by the fact there were no starters and no entrants, because it was Christmas.
On this day in 2018, Max Verstappen was penalised because it turned out he’d kept on eating during Christmas dinner when Valtteri Bottas slipped and ‘accidentally’ knocked the Brussels sprouts all over the floor. While Sebastian Vettel stopped to help Valtteri pick up the scattered sprouts, Max took advantage of the situation and pinched the last roast potato without asking – he was entitled to it anyway, but that’s not the point. Oddly, Max decided to boast about his potato-thieving skills after the meal and ended up having three of his Christmas presents taken away as a punishment.
F1 drivers Giancarlo Baghetti (born 1934) and Wilson Fittipaldi (born 1943) enjoyed their birthdays on Christmas Day. This bit is actually true.
Merry Christmas everyone!