Formula 1 Wiki

Roger Williamson (born February 2, 1948 in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom – died July 29, 1973 at the Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort, North Holland, Netherlands) was a Formula One driver who died in the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Park Zandvoort.

Formula One Career[]

Pre-Formula One[]

Williamson raced in the British Formula Three Championship, in which he managed to win both the 1971 and 1972 championship titles.

After winning his second title, Williamson was offered a testing position in the BRM Formula One team for the 1973 season.


During the 1973 season, Williamson was offered a position on the March Formula One team. Prior to this, he was testing for the BRM Formula One team and was advised not to take a racing position.

Williamson made his Formula One debut in the British Grand Prix, in which he retired after an eleven car pile up on the first lap of the race.


Williamson was only at his second race, his début coming just two weeks earlier at the 1973 British Grand Prix. On the 8th lap, a suspected tyre failure caused Williamson's car to fly into the barriers at high speed, then was catapulted 300 yards (275 metres). His cars petrol tank had been ignited as the car scraped along the track. Williamson was not seriously injured, but trapped in the blaze.

The race continued (under yellow flags), but Williamson's friend and fellow racer, David Purley, went to help overturn Williamson's car. Purley could not do this, while the marshalls, that were not in fire-proof clothing, refused to help. The single fire extinguisher in the area (wielded by Purley after taking it forcibly from a marshall) was not enough to stop the flame.

After eight minutes, a fire truck arrived, but by the time the fire was put out and the car righted, Williamson had died of asphyxiation.

Helmet Design[]

Roger Williamson's helmet design

Williamson wore a simplistic helmet design. It was red, with the exception of the lower area and an oval on each side of the head which were white.

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

F1 Career Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Pts WDC Pos. Report
1973 STP March Racing Team March-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report


Entries 2
Starts 2
Pole positions 0
Front row starts 0
Victories 0
Podia 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps raced 7
kms raced 29.582
Races led 0
Laps led 0
kms led 0

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts Pos
1973 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 France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of the Netherlands.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 Ret
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
18th Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance) NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)
4thP Qualified for pole position [+] More Symbols


External links[]

V T E F1 drivers killed while racing
1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
1974: Helmuth Koinigg
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
See also: List of fatal accidents
v·d·e Nominate this page for Featured Article