Ex-Formula 1 driver Al Pease passes away

Al Pease during the 1967 Canadian GP

Al Pease during the 1967 Canadian GP

Victor “Al” Pease, a motor racing driver from Canada, has passed away.

Born in Darlington, England, Paese participated in three Formula 1 World Championship Grands Prix, making his debut at the 1967 Canadian Grand Prix.

He holds the unfortunate distinction of being the only competitor ever to be disqualified from a Formula 1 World Championship race – the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix – for being too slow.

Pease was black-flagged after a series of on-track incidents, the last involving Matra driver Jackie Stewart, in which Matra owner Ken Tyrrell protested to the officials.

Despite the brief duration of his Formula 1 career, Pease was highly successful in domestic Canadian motor sport competitions, and was inducted as a member of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 1998.

He died on 4 May 2014 at his home in Tennessee.