THE LAST SLIPSTREAM BATTLE IN HISTORY
... was the 1971 Italian Grand Prix at Monza for the last time without any chicanes. The great star drivers of that time, Stewart, Ickx, Regazzoni, Siffert and Fittipaldi already had retired from the last European F1 round or had dropped down in the rankings when a group of outsiders consisting of Amon, Peterson, Cevert, Gethin, Ganley and Hailwood were fighting for victory. No driver of this group ever had won a Grand Prix. Chris Amon was considered the greatest loser in the business, Ronnie Peterson and Francois Cevert were the best novices, Peter Gethin and Howden Ganley only were of average abilities and Mike Hailwood was the famous motorcycle champion. In the finish Gethin (B.R.M. P160) was able to beat Peterson (March Ford 711) by 1/100 of a second. It was the fastest race (average speed some 243 km/h) and the closest finish in history so far.