Al Pease

Al Pease

15/10/1921

An amateur racer who had been on the Canadian racing scene from the early fifties with a Riley, Pease returned to the circuits in the early sixties with a Lotus 23 sports car, taking eighth place in the 1963 Canadian GP. He had the backing to enable him to enter the original Eagle - hopelessly, as it turned out - in three successive Canadian GPs (1967-69). Al Pease he has the distinction of being the only F1 driver to be black flagged for being too slow. At the 1969 Canadian GP at Mosport Pease was disqualfied for dangerously not allowing drivers to lap him, despite being many laps down. He was so slow that he was over 12 laps down when he was black flagged midway through the race. He also finished 45 laps down at the 1967 Canadian GP in the rain after he had to replace his battery when he stalled at the far end of the circuit. He had to run back to the pits to get a new battery and return to replace it himself, in the pouring rain. A sometime racer in Formula A, Pease handled a Lola T140-Chevrolet and a Brabham BT23B-Climax 4 with modest success during 1969 and 1970.

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