The ’71 Monza GP went down in history as the fastest F1 race of the 20th century, with an average speed of 242.615 km/h (150.754 mph. It was also the closest finish in Formula 1 history. Gethin beat “Super Swede” Ronnie Peterson by 0.01 second, and the entire Top 5 finished within 0.61 of a second.
Peter Gethin is the only Grand Prix winner who never led a full lap. Even in Monza he started the final lap in 4th position. Well, just check the video, and see for yourself how it went down…
The finish in numbers:
|2||25||Ronnie Peterson||March-Ford||55||+ 0.01||6||6|
|3||2||François Cevert||Tyrrell-Ford||55||+ 0.09||5||4|
|4||9||Mike Hailwood||Surtees-Ford||55||+ 0.18||17||3|
|5||19||Howden Ganley||BRM||55||+ 0.61||4||2|
|6||12||Chris Amon||Matra||55||+ 32.36||1||1|