While Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix was a little bit dull to put it mildly, today marks the 45th anniversary of not only one of the greatest ever races at Monza but one of the greatest races ever, full stop.
Before all the chicanes were added, Monza was a race that saw cars slip-streaming from start to finish and the perfect showcase of this was the 1971 Italian Grand Prix, when five drivers were still in contention for the win coming into the Parabolica for the final time.
As they crossed the line, Peter Gethin won the race by just 0.01 seconds but even more amazing was the fact that the top five were separated by just 0.61.
It was Gethin’s only F1 win. And what a win!