Video: The closest finish in Formula 1 history

Video: Closest finish in Formula 1 history - Avenue21Between 1970 and 1974, Englishman Peter Gethin competed in 31 Formula 1 World Championship races. He reached the podium only once, but what a podium it was. Gethin won the 1971 Italian GP at Monza.

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.

Strange record…

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:

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 18 United Kingdom Peter Gethin BRM 55 1:18:12.60 11 9
2 25 Sweden Ronnie Peterson March-Ford 55 + 0.01 6 6
3 2 France François Cevert Tyrrell-Ford 55 + 0.09 5 4
4 9 United Kingdom Mike Hailwood Surtees-Ford 55 + 0.18 17 3
5 19 New Zealand Howden Ganley BRM 55 + 0.61 4 2
6 12 New Zealand Chris Amon Matra 55 + 32.36 1 1
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