A great friend to Richard’s F1, former F1 driver Allen Berg is celebrating his 49th birthday today!

Born in Calgary, Canada, Allen rose through the ranks via the North American junior Allen Bergseries, winning the Formula Atlantic Winter Pacific and Formula Pacific Tasman championships before crossing the Atlantic into the British F3 scene, finishing second overall in 1984.

Allen raised the funds necessary to join the tiny Osella team in mid-1986, peaking with an impressive tenth place at Hockenheim in his single season. But with money increasingly tight at the back of the field, he was never given the equipment to showcase his skills.

After F1, Allen competed in a host of motorsport disciplines, including the DTM, IMSA, Le Mans, before he made a name for himself in the Mexican motorsport scene, winning races a plenty and few championships to boot.

Allen now runs his eponymous racing school, widely regarded as one of the best in North America.

With tongue firmly planted in cheek(!), we would certainly add that one of the greatest highlights of Allen’s post-F1 career would be his exclusive interview with Richard’s F1, where he set the record straight after an earlier feature piece in F1 Racing magazine.

The team at Richard’s F1 wishes Allen a very happy birthday today!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.