Canadian driver Al Pease, the only driver to be black-flagged from a Grand Prix for being too slow, is turning 90 today.
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 maiden F1 outing came at the not-very-sprightly age of 46, in a Castrol-sponsored Eagle at the Mosport circuit, a track he had helped design. He managed to finish, albeit 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 ouring conditions. At his next appearance, he qualified but failed to start.
His final F1 outing saw him earn the truly unfortunate distinction of being the only F1 driver ever to be black-flagged for being too slow, where he was hauled off the circuit with just 22 laps under his belt 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.
[Image via F1 Nostalgia]