Welcome to another week of TheJudge13 #F1 Bar Exam.
Last week’s question(s): Can you name the driver in the photo, the race and where he finished in the race? Who won the race?
The answer(s) I was looking for were: The driver in the photo is Gilles Villeneuve driving a Ferrari 312T4 (Ferrari Flat-12 engine) during the 1979 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. Villeneuve did not finish the race due to his left rear tyre bursting and causing him to spin. The race was won by Alan Jones in a Williams-Ford (FW07) from a recovering Jody Sheckter (Ferrari) who, after this race, only needed 4 more points to win the Championship.
Villeneuve had started the race from the third row of the grid but was in second by the end of the first lap and he passed Alan Jones for the lead in an incredible manoeuvre by going around him on the outside of the Tarzanbocht corner on Lap 11.
Villeneuve passing Alan Jones:
He had a three second lead over second place Alan Jones when his rear left tyre exploded, sending him into a spin and then into the gravel at Tarzan. He managed to extricate his car from the mud and dirt, throwing it all over the track, and proceeded to complete the remainder of the lap on three wheels. The car was sliding around the track with the rear left suspension dragging on the ground.
He had the whole lap to go as he slid off just after the start finish line. By half way around he was only on 2 wheels as the right front wheel was now off the ground due to the left rear wheel suspension having been completely destroyed with the wheel hanging off the rear of the car. He still managed to control his car and get it around the circuit with only one steering wheel and one driving wheel on the opposite side of the car.
Villeneuve driving on two wheels:
Gilles was fighting for the championship that day and he wasn’t going to just quit. Gaston Parent, Villeneuve’s manager said, “Gilles was blowing his stack, yelling, ‘Put a f***ing wheel on there! Let me go out again!‘ Finally they made him see the back of the car was a disaster. Then people criticised him for dangerous driving again. His argument was that he didn’t know it was so bad. But, believe me, Villeneuve would have gone out again on three wheels! That was the way he was“.
After his death Alain Prost said, “Gilles was the last great driver. The rest of us are just a bunch of good professionals.”
Well done to Taflach, Thomas888, Vik, Reinis, Tim, Yanik 050, Milestone11, btracing17, Johnny, Andrew, Alex, Clyde, Emil, Toleman Fan, Cassius42 and Tony.
This week’s question(s): Can you name the driver, the car model and the race in which this accident happened. Who won the race?
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What? Passing? No DRS? No KERS? Narrow track? How did they do it??? haha.
No seriously, Pirelli needs to make tires that do not shed marbles. Villenueve’s move could not have been done with today’s marbles that make the racing line only as wide as the cars. Doesn’t matter if you have a 100m wide track if anything outside the racing line is ice.
I do think that pass was considered pretty spectacular even at the time though – most drivers couldn’t (or wouldn’t) have done it:)
You are right in the amount of marbles on the track today though – it was amazing how black the track was off the racing line in China…