October 15 marks the birthdays of Al Pease (above left, the only many in F1 history to be black-flagged for being too slow) and Bruno Senna (above right, part of a series of veritable F1 relatives).
[Original images via Grand Prix Insider and The Cahier Archive]
Today marks the respective birthdays of former F1 driver Al Pease (89 today) and Hispania Racing’s Bruno Senna (27 today).
No doubt Bruno will be hoping for a birthday present in the form of a more competitive car for the 2011 season, but he has been a huge supporter of Richard’s F1 and has given us our most popular exclusive interview to-date.
And Al Pease’s story is certainly interesting reading…
English-born Pease raced under the Canadian flag, and participated in three Formula 1 Grands Prix – each being his home race – between 1967 and 1969 at the wheel of a privately-entered Eagle Mk1 Climax.
His first F1 outing came at the none-too-sprightly age of 46, in a Catrol-sponsored Eagle at the Mosport circuit, a track he had helped design. first outing saw him finish, but 43 laps adrift, after his car stopped on circuit with a flat battery and he ran back to the pits to collect and fit a replacement unit in teeming conditions. At his next appearance, he qualified but failed to start.
He holds the truly unfortunate distinction of being the only F1 driver ever to be black-flagged for being too slow, where, in his final F1 appearance, he was hauled off the circuit after 22 laps after getting in everyone’s way.
Despite his woeful F1 results, Pease was hugely successful in the domestic motor racing scene, and was later inducted into Canada’s Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1998.