When I was young and my father wanted to keep the kids quiet (most of the time), he would have quizzes to keep us all amused. So, as it is a quiet time in F1, and some of you are getting a bit fractious and argumentative, I thought I might try a nice easy quiz for F1 fans out there. There is no prize, except pride at having answered them all correctly.
Which Grand Prix driver flew an aeroplane under a bridge, was a member of the Spanish Olympic bobsleigh team and rode in Britain’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National?
What was Tony Vandervell’s real name?
Which Grand Prix driver was a prisoner of war in the famous Colditz Castle in World War II but went on to win the Le Mans 24 Hours?
What was unusual about Pedro Rodriguez’s Ferrari in the final three races of 1969?
Who was the driver for World Wide Racing at the Italian GP at Monza in 1972?
What is Herbie Blash’s real name?
Which Formula 1 World Champion was a twin?
Which Formula 1 team boss worked on the design of the Concorde supersonic aircraft and went on to own the Oxford United soccer club?
In Austria in 1975 Jean-Pierre Jarier drove a Shadow. What was unusual about the car?
Who raced the Automobiles Martini Formula 1 car?
Philippe Streiff finished third in his Ligier at the 1985 Australian Grand Prix. What was remarkable about this?
What did Frank Williams get in exchange for releasing Jean Alesi from his Williams contract in 1991?
John Colum Crichton-Stuart, now the Marquis of Bute, raced in F1 under what name?
What was the unusual reason for practice at the 1978 Austrian Grand Prix to be stopped mid-session?
Why did Sandro Nannini’s Formula 1 career come to an end?
Who drove the Lowenbrau McLarens? Where and when?
Why was the first official session at the first French GP at Magny-Cours delayed?
When Andrea de Cesaris was pushing his car across the finishing line in Mexico City in 1991 he was interrupted by someone. Who was it?
At the 1980 Italian Grand Prix the Alfa Romeo team had a bad time. A helicopter carrying members of the team crashed and injured several mechanics. The rest of the team decided that they would have to drive to the track. What happened?
After Alan Jones left Williams, which was the next Formula 1 team for which he raced?