The final heroics of a British legend - F1's 100th GP

The final heroics of a British legend - F1's 100th GP

To celebrate Formula 1's 1000th world championship round, we're delving into the Autosport archive to revisit the world of the previous milestone races - starting with the 100th, the 1961 German Grand Prix

Innes Ireland flew to Germany and back in his aircraft. On the return journey he was accompanied by Jimmy Clark and Colin Chapman, and all three were very tired. Flying at about 10,000ft, they dozed off, one by one, and went batting along for about 10 minutes with the plane flying itself. Suddenly they all woke up with a start to ask hastily "Who's doing the driving?"

"I thought you were," said Colin. "No mate, I was asleep," replied Innes. "Me too," said Colin. Happy landings, chaps!

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