Despite the closeness
of his opposition, Peter
Gethin senses he’s
won the 1971 Italian
Grand Prix and waves
Peterson is almost
alongside, with Francois
Cevert and Howden
Ganley right behind.
WHAT WERE THE ODDS...?
1997 EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING
We all vividly remember Michael
Schumacher’s attempts to hobble
Jacques Villeneuve on raceday at Jerez
as they dueled for the 1997 Formula 1
World Championship. But the most
surprising moment of the weekend
came 24 hours earlier in qualifying.
point to be a valid one; but to match it to
the thousandth of a second was just…
weird. Then, when Villeneuve’s teammate,
Heinz-Harald Frentzen, went out and
clocked an identical 1min21.072sec, the
conspiracy theories inevitably started. Had
the timing system been rigged with an
artificial ceiling time that was perceived to
j-u-s-t be attainable to ensure the title
contenders started on the front row?
Frentzen remarked, “I think next year
we need four numbers after the dot.”
But the skeptics continue to wonder if
that would have made any difference.
(RIGHT) that man
the Indy crowd
Barrichello in P1.