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Whitehead who was born into a wealthy business family raced in World Championship races in the early 1950's.

A podium finisher in the 1950 French Grand Prix when he started from the back, his most note worthy motor racing success was achieved at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hour where he achieved outright victory driving a Jaguar.

Before Formula 1 World Championship[]

Whitehead was able to fund his racing from family wealth and in 1936 he brought an ERA. Whilst on touring business Whitehead won the 1938 Australian Grand Prix.

Whitehead was the first person Enzo Ferrari ever sold a Grand Prix car to which he used in championship and non-championship races like the BRDC Trophy at Silverstone and the San Remo Grand Prix.

Whitehead lines up next to Farina at the BRDC Trophy

Formula One Career[]

1950[]

Whitehead was the only Ferrari at Reims

Whitehead, using his privateer Ferrari 125 was listed as an entry but did not start the Monaco GP when his car suffered an oil leak before the race but would start at the French Grand Prix and really shone.

With the Ferrari team pulling out of the race, Whitehead's privateer Ferrari was the only Ferrari on track. Starting from the back of the grid after missing practice, he wowed the crowd with his progress through the field. Whitehead made it past all the Talbot-Lago's, all the Maserati's and Robert Manzon in his Simca-Gordini. Whitehead ended the race on the podium, third behind Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli.

Whitehead also took part at Monza but finished the Italian GP a disappointing 7th, the last classified finisher but his impressive drive in France had earned him 9th in the Championship.

Whitehead continued to use his Ferrari 125 into 1951.

Whitehead was killed during the 1958 Tour de France car rally, when his car crashed into a ravine.


Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
Pre-Championship
1937 ERA Ltd ERA No Grand Prix Championship
1938 ERA Ltd ERA No Grand Prix Championship
 19391948: Did Not Compete
1949 Scuderia Ambrosiana Ferrari No Formula One Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
Formula One World Championship
1950 Peter Whitehead Ferrari 4 9th Report
1951 Peter Whitehead Ferrari 0 NC Report
GA Vandervell
1952 Peter Whitehead Alta 0 NC Report
Ferrari
1953 Atlantic Stable Cooper-Alta 0 NC Report
1954 Peter Whitehead Cooper-Alta 0 NC Report

Career Statistics[]

Entries 14
Starts 10
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 1
Fastest laps 0
Points 4
Laps Raced 444
Distance Raced 2948 km (1832 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)

Race Wins[]

Win Number Grand Prix
Non-championship
1 1949 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
2 1950 J.C.C. Jersey Road Race
3 1950 Ulster Trophy

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Italy.svg 4 9th
DNS 3rd 7th
1951 Flag of Switzerland.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg 0 NC
13th Ret 9th Ret DNA
1952 Flag of Switzerland.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret 10th DNQ
1953 Flag of Argentina.svg 48-star U S flag.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 Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
9th
1954 Flag of Argentina.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.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
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

Notes[]

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