Pastor Maldonado introduced a new helmet design yesterday. The words “Less Trouble, More Speed” were printed on the back of his lid, the meaning of which can be traced back to an interview with Alain Prost. The four-time world champion says there needs to be less trouble and politics in our sport, and more speed – a sentiment Pastor clearly agrees with! Continuing the theme of new designs, Lewis Hamilton is sporting the Italian flag on his helmet this weekend. “I did a lot of racing in Italy between the ages of 13 and 16,” says Lewis, “and I wanted to do this out of respect to the Italians.”
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Emilia wasn’t the only female in our pit garage yesterday. Margarita Torres-Diez was engineering Bruno Senna’s car for Renault and our Press Officer Sophie Eden was watching progress and talking to journalists at the front of the garage. Girl power at Williams F1; watch out boys!
Peter Gethin died at the age of 71 in December 2011 after a long illness. 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 One races.
Here is a great video of the 1971 Formula 1 Grand Prix Of Italy at Monza. This was one of the closest finishes in Formula 1 history. The winner was Peter Gethin in the Yardley Team BRM. 2nd to 5th were Ronnie Peterson, Francois Cevert, Mike Hailwood and Howden Ganley.