Former Formula One driver Peter Kenneth Gethin has died following a long illness at the age of 71. The Brit from Epsom is best-known for his epic win in the 1971 Italian Grand Prix at Monza by just 0.01s from Ronnie Peterson as the first five drivers were covered by 0.6s. It turned out to be the only Grand Prix victory of his career and – having started the final lap in fourth place – he is still the only driver to have won a Formula One race without having led an entire lap.

He was a double Formula 5000 champion (1969 and 1970), beat a field of F1 cars in his Chevron F5000 to win the 1973 Race of Champions and took the 1974 Formula 5000 Tasman Series title. After his racing career Gethin became team manager of the Toleman F1 team in 1984. After two years he moved to Formula 3000 to set up Peter Gethin Racing, before later in his career running a driving school at Goodwood.


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