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Roger Williamson
Nationality United Kingdom British
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1973
Teams March
Races 2
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1973 British Grand Prix
Last race 1973 Dutch Grand Prix

Roger Williamson (2 February 1948, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire – 29 July 1973, Zandvoort Circuit, Netherlands) was a racing driver from England, who was killed during the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix.

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Biography

Williamson won the 1971 and 1972 British Formula Three Championship titles. In 1973, he was offered a drive in the March Engineering works Formula One team.

Death

Williamson's second Formula One appearance was on the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort. On lap 8, a suspected tyre failure caused his car to flip upside down and catch fire. Williamson had not been seriously injured by the impact, but was trapped under the car. The marshals were both poorly trained and badly equipped, and could not assist him. Fellow driver David Purley abandoned his own race in a desperate and valiant attempt to rescue him, but was not able to put out the fire, or to turn the car upright. By the time the first fire truck arrived and the fire was extinguished, Williamson had died of asphyxiation.

In 2003, on the 30th anniversary of his fatal crash, a bronze statue of Roger Williamson was unveiled at the Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire, England. Then-owner Tom Wheatcroft had provided financial backing to Williamson, and described the day Williamson died as "the saddest day of my life".

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Pts.
1973 STP March Racing Team March 731 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
BEL
MON
SWE
FRA
GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
NC 0
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dave Walker
British Formula Three Championship
BRSCC North Central Lombard Series Champion

1971
Succeeded by
Rikky von Opel
Preceded by
Dave Walker
British Formula Three Championship
BARC Series Champion

1972
Succeeded by
Ian Taylor
Preceded by
Dave Walker
British Formula Three Championship
BRSCC Motorsport/Shell Series Champion

1972
Succeeded by
Tony Brise
Preceded by
Jo Siffert
Formula One fatal accidents
July 29, 1973
Succeeded by
François Cevert

Books

  • Tremayne, David (2000). The science of safety. UK: Haynes Publishing. p. 160. ISBN 01859606644.  
  • Tremayne, David (1991). Racers Apart: Memories of motorsport heroes. UK: Motor Racing Publications Ltd. p. 293. ISBN 0947981586.  
  • Tremayne, David. The Lost Generation. Haynes Publishing. ISBN 1-84425-205-1.  

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