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Peter Gethin

Peter Gethin

(1940 – 2011)

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(1940 – 2011)

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(1940 – 2011)
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This is an online memorial dedicated in memory of Peter Gethin. Peter Kenneth Gethin was an English racing driver. He was born in Ewell, Surrey, England.
Peter Gethin participated in 31 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 21 June 1970. He won the 1971 Italian Grand Prix in the fastest average speed in Formula One history (until the record was broken by Michael Schumacher at the same race in 2003), but this was his only podium finish. There was only 0.01 seconds between him and second placed Ronnie Peterson, also a record). Indeed, he never led an entire lap of Formula One racing, as he passed from fourth to first in the last lap. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula
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One races.
Peter Gethin also raced for Team McLaren in the 1970 Canadian-American Challenge Cup series, driving the McLaren M8D that had been driven by Dan Gurney in the first three races of the season. Peter Gethin won one race and finished third in the 1970 championship.
In 1974 Peter Gethin won the Tasman Series, a Formula 5000 series held in Australia and New Zealand. Peter Gethin drove a Chevron B24 Chevrolet.
Peter Gethin made his debut in F1 for McLaren at the 1970 Dutch Grand Prix, replacing the team's founder, Bruce McLaren, who had been killed at the Goodwood Circuit earlier in the month. He joined a three car team which also included Andrea de Adamich and Dan Gurney. He qualified strongly
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at Zandvoort, taking 11th, 2.110s behind Jochen Rindt's pole time for Lotus. He was nine tenths of a second ahead of his more illustrious but ageing team mate Gurney. He engaged in a good fight early in the race with Henri Pescarolo's Matra, but soon got the better of the Frenchman and was still running in 10th when he had an accident of lap 19.
Peter Gethin missed the French and British Grands Prix, as former McLaren legend and 1967 world champion Denny Hulme drove the car, but he returned for the German Grand Prix. He qualified less impressively, being only 17th, and a tenth of a second behing Hulme, who had remained with the team on Peter Gethin's return at the expense of Gurney. It was a disappointing
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race, as Peter Gethin dropped to the back early on and retired after just 3 laps with a throttle failure.
The Austrian Grand Prix at the Österreichring was next, and it was another disappointing qualifying session for Peter Gethin, who was down in 21st and comprehensively trounced by his team mates Hulme and de Adamich. As other drivers fell by the wayside in the race, however, Peter Gethin climbed consistently up the order, and was running as high as 8th before he was passed by Ignazio Giunti's Ferrari and Jo Siffert's March late on, but it was his first grand prix finish as he came home 10th.
Peter Gethin was again the rearmost of the McLaren cars at Monza for the Italian Grand Prix, but it was
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an improved performance, as he was 17th and as close as he had been to the pole time, 2.050 seconds behind Jacky Ickx's Ferrari. He started well in the race and was quickly up to 13th after good passes on team mate de Adamich and Ronnie Peterson's March. However, both Peter Gethin and de Adamich soon suffered technical problems, and dropped to the back of the field, where they would stay until the end of the race, apart from brief periods ahead of Giunti and Tim Schenken's De Tomaso when they were experiencing their own problems. Due to the sheer attrition of the race, de Adamich was 8th at the end and Peter Gethin 9th, although the Englishman was 8 laps down and therefore not classified.
The Canadian Grand
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Prix at Mont-Tremblant saw the season leave Europe and head towards its finale in the Americas, and it saw a resurgence in Peter Gethin's form, as he out-qualified both de Adamich and Hulme, coming 11th just 1.7 seconds behind Jackie Stewart's pole time. He played the race strategy well, and did not have to make any moves on the track, save one against Pescarolo. He was behind Hulme for a while, but the Kiwi retired with wheel problems. This left Peter Gethin free to take 6th and his first points in F1.
Peter Gethin died on the 5th of December 2011. This is an online tribute in honour of his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
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Peter Gethin

This is an online memorial dedicated in memory of Peter Gethin. Peter Kenneth Gethin was an English racing driver. He was born in Ewell, Surrey, England.
Peter Gethin participated in 31 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 21 June 1970. He won the 1971 Italian Grand Prix in the fastest average speed in Formula One history (until the record was broken by Michael Schumacher at the same race in 2003), but this was his only podium finish. There was only 0.01 seconds between him and second placed Ronnie Peterson, also a record). Indeed, he never led an entire lap of Formula One racing, as he passed from fourth to first in the last lap. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula...

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