F1 » Six of the Best: Racetrack intrusions

Ahead of the Indian Grand Prix this weekend at the Buddh International Circuit, Crash.net columnist Will Saunders looks at racetrack intrusions in his latest 'Six of the Best' feature...

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October 22, 2013 4:18 PM

The Heyer story reminds me of a somewhat similar story involving Michael Bleekemolen in 1978 who entered 4 F1 races for ATS, making the grid once in the end. He too didn't qualify for his home race at Zandvoort that year but his manager altered his time on the timing sheet by detracting a second (apparently these things were possible back then), no doubt with some help from the officials. They would have gotten away with it too if it weren't for IIRC Lauda complaining that his time wasn't recorded correctly on race day, which led to a re evaluation of the timing sheet and the foul play with Bleekemolen was discovered.

Ultimately Bleekemolen did start one race though, at the Glen that same year. In hindsight it turned out that the car he used had a chassis that had been crashed a few times and had been 'patched back up'...The thing was apparently still crooked. F1 must have been more fun in those days in many ways :)


October 22, 2013 10:31 PM

...F1 must have been more fun in those days in many ways...

Martin Brundle made the comment once about the teams giving driver hugs after the race and slipping spanners into their pockets, then rolling lead balls into the car's exhaust pipes while pushing it out of parc ferme to weigh-in.

Must have been fun times indeed :-)


October 22, 2013 10:44 PM

I knew Stephen Green (the track marshal who rugby-tackled Neil Horan at the 2003 British GP) through a motorsport forum at the time - everyone on there was proud of him.

Off-topic, but the ex-F1 driver Cristiano da Matta had his career ended by hitting a deer during a ChampCar test - always sad when these things happen, though usually worse for the animal than the human.


October 22, 2013 10:52 PM

@superdowg - it's an interesting point, as DC was only two points behind MSC after the race, and second place would have tied the standings..

..but, could he have lived with mika and schumi over the second half of the season? i would suggest that he got into contention by capitalising on the reliability issues of MSC and poor early-season form of hakkinen, and wouldn't have kept up with either once they hit their stride. he was nowhere in spa or suzuka for the defining moments of the title battle..

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