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Whitehead who was born into a wealthy business family raced in World Championship races in the early 1950's.

A podium finisher in the 1950 French Grand Prix when he started from the back, his most note worthy motor racing success was achieved at the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hour where he achieved outright victory driving a Jaguar.

Before Formula 1 World Championship Edit

Whitehead was able to fund his racing from family wealth and in 1936 he brought an ERA. Whilst on touring business Whitehead won the 1938 Australian Grand Prix.

Whitehead was the first person Enzo Ferrari ever sold a Grand Prix car to which he used in championship and non-championship races like the BRDC Trophy at Silverstone and the San Remo Grand Prix.

1950 Whitehead Farina

Whitehead lines up next to Farina at the BRDC Trophy

Formula One CareerEdit

1950Edit

1950 6 Whitehead

Whitehead was the only Ferrari at Reims

Whitehead, using his privateer Ferrari 125 was listed as an entry but did not start the Monaco GP when his car suffered an oil leak before the race but would start at the French Grand Prix and really shone.

With the Ferrari team pulling out of the race, Whitehead's privateer Ferrari was the only Ferrari on track. Starting from the back of the grid after missing practice, he wowed the crowd with his progress through the field. Whitehead made it past all the Talbot-Lago's, all the Maserati's and Robert Manzon in his Simca-Gordini. Whitehead ended the race on the podium, third behind Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Fagioli.

Whitehead also took part at Monza but finished the Italian GP a disappointing 7th, the last classified finisher but his impressive drive in France had earned him 9th in the Championship.

Whitehead continued to use his Ferrari 125 into 1951.

Whitehead was killed during the 1958 Tour de France car rally, when his car crashed into a ravine.


Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
Pre-Championship
1937 ERA Ltd ERA No Grand Prix Championship
1938 ERA Ltd ERA No Grand Prix Championship
 19391948: Did Not Compete
1949 Scuderia Ambrosiana Ferrari No Formula One Championship
Scuderia Ferrari
Formula One World Championship
1950 Peter Whitehead Ferrari 4 9th Report
1951 Peter Whitehead Ferrari 0 NC Report
GA Vandervell
1952 Peter Whitehead Alta 0 NC Report
Ferrari
1953 Atlantic Stable Cooper-Alta 0 NC Report
1954 Peter Whitehead Cooper-Alta 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 14
Starts 10
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 1
Fastest laps 0
Points 4
Laps Raced 444
Distance Raced 2948 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
Non-championship
1 1949 Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
2 1950 J.C.C. Jersey Road Race
3 1950 Ulster Trophy

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Switzerland Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Italy 4 9th
DNS 3rd 7th
1951 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC
13th Ret 9th Ret DNA
1952 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy 0 NC
Ret 10th DNQ
1953 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 0 NC
9th
1954 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC
Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

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