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Egbert 'Eppie' Wietzes (born May 28, 1938 – died June 10, 2020) was a Dutch-born Canadian former racing driver, notable for having entered two Grand Prix as a privateer, and also being the first Safety car driver.

Career[]

There was a seven-year gap between his first race and his next. His first, the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix saw him disqualified for outside assistance, making Wietzes one of the few drivers in history to have been disqualified from their first Grand Prix.

His next start, at the same race in 1974, saw him enter a non-works Brabham BT42, bearing the Canadian flag. He retired on lap 33 with an engine problem.

Safety car[]

At the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix, won by Peter Revson, Wietzes was the driver of the first ever safety car in Formula One history, a Porsche 914. However, when the car was first used, it took the incorrect position, placing a car 1 lap down. It took several hours after the race to determine the winner and sort out the confusion. The pace car would not be used again for another two decades.

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Constructor WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1967 United Kingdom Team Lotus Lotus-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1974 Canada Team Canada F1 Racing Brabham-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts Pos
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
Ret
1974 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Brazil (1968–1992).svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 0 NC
Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap DNS Did not start
Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
P Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols


V T E Teams and Drivers
1967 Teams and Drivers
Teams Brabham • BRM • Cooper • Eagle • Ferrari • Honda • LDS • Lola • Lotus • Matra • McLaren • Protos
Engines ATS • BMW • BRM • Climax • Ferrari • Ford Cosworth • Honda • Maserati • Weslake
Non-Works Entrants Bernard White Racing • Castrol Oils Ltd. • Charles Vögele Racing • DW Racing Enterprises • Ecurie Ford-France • Joakim Bonnier Racing Team • Reg Parnell Racing • Rob Walker Racing Team • Ron Harris Racing Team • Roy Winkelmann Racing • Scuderia Scribante • Tyrrell Racing Organisation
Drivers Ahrens • Amon • Anderson • Attwood • Bandini • Baghetti • Bandini • Beltoise • Bonnier • Botha • Brabham • Charlton • Clark • Courage • Fisher • Ginther • Gurney • Hart • Hahne • Hill • Hulme • Hobbs • Ickx • Irwin • Jones • Ligier • Love • McLaren • Mitter • Moser • Oliver • Parkes • Pease • Redman • Rees • Rindt • Rodríguez • Scarfiotti • Schlesser • Servoz-Gavin • Siffert • Solana • Spence • Stewart • Surtees • Tingle • Wietzes • Williams
1974 Teams and Drivers
Teams Amon · Brabham · BRM · Ensign · Ferrari · Hesketh · Iso-Marlboro · Lola · Lotus · Lyncar · Maki · March · McLaren · Parnelli · Penske · Shadow · Surtees · Token · Trojan · Tyrrell
Engines BRM · Ferrari · Ford Cosworth
Non-Work Entrants AAW Racing Team · Allied Polymer Group · Blignaut Embassy Racing · Embassy Racing with Graham Hill · Dempster International Racing Team · John Goldie Racing with Hexagon · Pinch Plant Ltd. · Scribante Lucky Strike Racing · Scuderia Finotto · Team Canada F1 Racing · Team Gunston · The Chequered Flag
Drivers 1 Peterson · 2 Ickx · 3 J. Scheckter · 4 Depailler · 5 Fittipaldi · 6/56 Hulme · 7 Reutemann · 8/20 Robarts · 8/22 von Opel · 8/22 von Opel · 8/18/34 Pace · 9 Stuck · 9 Wisell · 10/25 Ganley · 10 Brambilla · 11 Regazzoni · 12 Lauda · 14 Beltoise · 15 Pescarolo · 15/22/30 Amon · 16 Revson · 16 Redman · 16 Roos · 16/42 Pryce · 17 Jarier · 18/19 Dolhem · 18 Bell · 19/33 Mass · 19/21 Jabouille · 19/32 Koinigg · 20 Merzario · 21 Belsø · 21 van Lennep · 21 van Lennep · 21 Laffite · 22 Schuppan · 22/25/35 Wilds · 23 Charlton · 23 Charlton · 23/29/31/41 Schenken · 23/43/44 Kinnunen · 24 Hunt · 26 Hill · 27 Edwards · 27 Gethin · 27 Stommelen · 28 Watson · 29 Nicholson · 29/31 I. Scheckter · 30 Driver · 30 Perkins · 31 Facetti · 32 Keizan · 32/35/42 Ashley · 42 Purley · 43 Larrousse · 50 Wietzes · 55 Andretti · 66 Donohue · 208 Lombardi
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