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
Williamson raced in the British Formula Three Championship, in which he managed to win both the 1971 and 1972 championship titles.
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.
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|
|Front row starts||0|
|Complete Formula One Results|
|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|
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