Al Pease

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Al Pease
Nation: CanadaCanada Canada
Automobile world championship
First start: 1967 Canadian Grand Prix
Last start: 1969 Canadian Grand Prix
1967 Castrol Oils Ltd. • 1969  John Maryon 
World Cup balance: no World Cup placement
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Victor "Al" Pease (born October 15, 1921 in Darlington , Great Britain , † May 4, 2014 in Servierville , Tennessee ) was a Canadian racing driver . As an amateur racing driver, Pease competed in sports car races on a Riley in his home country in the late 1950s . After a break he was back on the racetracks in the mid-1960s with a Lotus 23 . Pease is considered one of the worst Formula 1 racing drivers and is the only Formula 1 driver who has ever been disqualified for driving too slowly.

life and career

Al Pease was born in the UK . After the Second World War he moved to Canada. Here he began to take part in club races and sports car races; he often drove modified MG or Riley cars . In the 1960s, Pease increasingly used Monoposti , but stayed mainly in Canada and the USA . Little concrete information is available about the racing successes from this time. The Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, into which Al Pease was inducted as an honorary member in 1998, notes about him: “It is doubtful whether any other driver in the history of Canadian motorsport has collected more trophies than Al Pease, which has been consistently for nearly 30 years has won regional and national championships in a wide variety of vehicles. ”This contrasts with several failures in Formula 1.

Race in Formula 1

Pease signed up for three Formula 1 races , a racing series that, in the opinion of most observers, was far beyond his means. Pease used an Eagle T1G each , which was powered by a 2.7 liter four-cylinder engine from Coventry Climax (FPF series).

In 1967 , Al Pease made his debut at the home race at Mosport Park at the age of 45 . He qualified 16th out of 19 participants; he was 7.7 seconds behind the pole time of Jim Clark . Pease started off the hard shoulder late after having driven six laps of the race. The reason for the delay was difficulties in changing the battery, which could not be completed in time. After 22 laps, Pease spun in heavy rain. The engine died and could not be restarted because the battery drained during the race. Pease walked into the pits, got a spare battery, returned to the car, and installed the battery himself. He continued the race and finished. However, since he was 43 laps behind the winner Jack Brabham , Pease was not counted.

A second report was made for the 1968 Canadian Grand Prix . Pease qualified 22nd and last, 15 seconds back. Before the race, Pease took apart the Coventry Climax engine in order to examine it for possible sources of error. However, he did not succeed in reassembling the engine before the start of the race. Pease was therefore unable to take part in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The third and final message about a Formula 1 race followed a year later: In 1969 , Pease took part in the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix . The report was made by the John Maryon Racing team , for which Pease drove in the 1969 Gulf Canada Series. Pease started 17th with the Eagle-Climax, which was now painted yellow, green and red. He moved the car extremely slowly in this race. When he had completed 22 laps, the leading driver was already on his 45th lap. Regardless of its lag, Pease resisted overtaking and lapping. When he finally endangered Jackie Stewart in an attempt to fend off another lap, Ken Tyrrell , Stewart's team boss , lodged a protest with the race management. Pease was then disqualified on the grounds that he was driving too slowly. Al Pease is the only racing driver in Formula 1 history who has been disqualified for slowing down.

More races

After the end of his Formula 1 career, Pease took part in Formula A and Formula 5000 races until the 1970s, and was involved in classic car races in Canada until the 1980s.


Sebring results

year team vehicle Teammate placement Failure reason
1964 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Donald Healey Motor Company Austin-Healey Sprite United StatesUnited States Donna Mae Mims failure Axle break
1965 United KingdomUnited Kingdom British Motor Corp. MGB United StatesUnited States Brad Picard Rank 32

Individual results in the sports car world championship

season team race car 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 10 11 12 13 14th 15th 16 17th 18th 19th 20th
1964 Healey Motor
Al Pease
Austin-Healey Sprite
United StatesUnited States DAY United StatesUnited States SEB ItalyItaly TAR ItalyItaly MON BelgiumBelgium SPA ItalyItaly CON GermanyGermany ONLY GermanyGermany ROS FranceFrance LEM FranceFrance REI GermanyGermany FRE ItalyItaly CCE United KingdomUnited Kingdom RTT SwitzerlandSwitzerland SIM GermanyGermany ONLY ItalyItaly MON FranceFrance TDF United StatesUnited States BRI United StatesUnited States BRI FranceFrance PAR
DNF 15th DNF
1965 BMC MGB United StatesUnited States DAY United StatesUnited States SEB ItalyItaly BOL ItalyItaly MON ItalyItaly MON United KingdomUnited Kingdom RTT ItalyItaly TAR BelgiumBelgium SPA GermanyGermany ONLY ItalyItaly MUG GermanyGermany ROS FranceFrance LEM FranceFrance REI ItalyItaly BOZ GermanyGermany FRE ItalyItaly CCE SwitzerlandSwitzerland OVI GermanyGermany ONLY United StatesUnited States BRI United StatesUnited States BRI


  • Simon Arron, Mark Hughes: Formula 1. All cars, all drivers since 1950. Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-613-02493-4 .
  • David Hodges: A – Z of Grand Prix Cars. Crowood Press, Marlborough 2001, ISBN 1-86126-339-2 .
  • David Hodges: Racing cars from A – Z after 1945. Motorbuch-Verlag, Stuttgart 1994, ISBN 3-613-01477-7 .
  • Steve Small: Grand Prix Who's Who. 3rd edition. Travel Publishing, Reading 2000, ISBN 1-902007-46-8 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Alan "Al" Victor Pease. ( Memento of May 6, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Obituary on (English, accessed May 5, 2014).
  2. a b Biography of Al Pease on the website (accessed on February 22, 2011).
  3. "It is doubtful that any other driver in the history of Canadian motorsport has collected more trophies than Al Pease, winning a steady stream of regional and national championships in a variety of cars for almost 30 years".
  4. ^ Hodges: Rennwagen von A – Z after 1945. 1994, p. 81.
  5. Arron, Hughes: Formula 1. 2005, p. 327.
  6. Such disqualifications occasionally occurred in smaller racing classes; one example is the Sicilian notary, Francesco Attaguile , who drove a Formula 2 race for Minardi in 1982 .