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[edit | edit source]
Pre-Formula One[edit | edit source]
Williamson raced in the British Formula Three Championship, in which he managed to win both the 1971 and 1972 championship titles.
1973[edit | edit source]
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.
Death[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
F1 Career Record[edit | edit source]
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Pts||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1973||STP March Racing Team||March-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Front row starts||0|
Career Results[edit | edit source]
|Complete Formula One results|
|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[edit | edit source]
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