Apart from those two rejects (of whom I'll also give a brief career description), two other drivers, one of which is a reject, the other never took part in a championship race (happy now, dinizintheoven???).
Robert Gerbout would have turned 105. Virtually nothing is known about this driver. Noone knows where he was born or where and when he died. The Frenchman, mainly an F2 and sportscar driver, entered one F2 race when F1 was run to F2 regulations: the 1952 Cadours GP, in his own Lombard. He did not qualify.
Otto Stuppacher would have turned 64. Born in Vienna, he started racing in hillclimbs, where he was hugely successful, beating a certain Niki Lauda to the national title in 1971, and sportscars, where he was decidedly less successful. After announcing his retirement in 1972, he returned three years later in sportscars, without any success. In 1976, the organizers of the Austrian GP hosted a young drivers race, where the top 2 would earn enough money to be able to sign up for the actual F1 race. However, Stuppacher and Karl Oppitzhauser, the top two, were refused entry. Stuppacher started a petition amongst other drivers, but due to being relatively unknown, he couldn't get in. Later, with the OSAC providing financial support, he rented an old Tyrrell 007 for three races towards the end of the 1976 season. In Italy, he qualified 14 seconds off the pole, and did not qualify. After qualifying, however, three other drivers were stripped of their best times, and Otto found himself on the grid. He couldn't start the race, however, as he had already returned home. In Canada and the United States, he didn't qualify either in the Tyrrell, with a car bearing the "Austria is beautiful" slogan, finishing 13 and a mammoth 28 seconds off pole. He immediately retired from motorsports. He dropped off the radar completely, and was only heard from again when he was found dead in his Vienna apartment on August 13th 2001. Otto was 54.
Perry McCarthy turns 50. Born in Stepney, his rise through the ranks was slow, to say the least. British Formula Ford champion in 1983, he spent three years in F3 and two years in F3000 before moving to endurance racing. After winning a good deal of money, he got the second driver seat at the Andrea Moda F1 team for 1992. However, at the San Marino GP, he was refused entry because his Superlicense was revoked by Bernie. After appeal, Perry finally managed to "properly" drive an F1 car. However, things didn't exactly go according to plan. In 10 entries, he couldn't drive three times, and only actually set a time thrice, auring the owrst conditions possible. He was mistreated by the team, who sent him out in Belgium with a very faulty direction, almost killing Perry. After the team was refused entry for the Italian GP, McCarthy's career was done, and he returned to sportscars, where he still drives to this day. He is better known for being Top Gear's first Stig, and even better for the way he was fired from the show: announcing the best-kept secret in the world of TV in his autobiography: "Flat-out, flat broke: F1 the hard way".
Niolas Kiesa turns 33. Born in Copenhagen, he won coutless titles in karting, and was British and European FFord champion in 1999. After mediocre seasons in F3, he moved up to F3000, taking a few minor points positions. In 2003, he signed for a Danish team: Den Blå Avis. His season was mildly successful, but the high point was a victory at Monaco, obtained under hilarious circumstances: the leader, Bjorn Wirdheim, slowed down on the last lap to wave to his mechanics, but slowed before the finish line, allowing Kiesa to storm to victory. In late 2003, Nicolas got the chance of his life. Justin Wilson having left the Minardi team to drive for Jaguar, Kiesa was signed as second driver for five rounds. Despite finishing every race, he was very underwhelming, only managing a sole 11th place under the rain at Indy as best result. Unsurprisingly, he wasn't signed up for 2004. He now drives sporadically in Touring Cars and Sports cars.
Two rejects also died on this day.
Ernst Loof died 55 years ago. Born in Neindorf on July 4th 1907, he was first a motorcycle legend, taking the German championship 8 times in 9 years, and was mainly known as the designer of the Veritas cars. However, he also drove one world championship race when it was run to F2 rules: the 1953 German GP - in a Veritas of course - where he retired with fuel pump problems after qualifying 21st. He died in Bonn from a long and painful cancer. Ernst was 48.
Lella Lombardi died 19 years ago. Born on March 26th 1941 in Frugarolo, Lomardi is the only female driver to score points in an F1 race. Her F1 career started in 1974, entering the British GP in a private Brabham. Despite not qualifying, she currently still holds the record for the highest number of a car that competed in qualifying, 208. She returned in 1975, running a full program for March. Despite an overall disappointing year, she managed 7th at the Nurburgring, and even 6th at the red-flagged Spanish GP, earning half a point! for the last race at Watkins Glen, she drove a one-off for Williams, but she was unable to take part in qualifying proper. In 1976, she drove for March in Brazil, but a 14th place saw Lella get fired. She then drove her last four F1 races for the RAM team, only managing 12th in Austria. After continuing to race in sportscars, taking three victories, she died a few days before her 51st birthday in Milan from cancer.
The 1973 and 1979 South African GPs took place on this day, as well as the 2002 Australian GP.
I am an F1 fan, snatched away by this forum. HELP ME TOM CRUISE! (until d'Ambrosio scores a point)
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