'Four into Four' - Ronnie Peterson in a March 761, James Hunt in a McLaren M23, Patrick Depallier in a Tyrrell P34 and Mario Andretti in a Lotus 77 roar down into Turn Four at Mosport 1976.
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Born in 1944, he was quiet, shy and an all-round nice guy. But once in a race car, he drove flat-out, pushing his cars often past their limit.
He started successfully in karts, rose through F3, and F2, and quickly caught the notice of the Formula 1 teams.
He started with March, moved to Lotus, March again, then Tyrrell, then finally back to Lotus. He had a total of 10 Grand Prix wins in eight years, but his life came to an abrupt and sad end in a crash while driving a Lotus 78 in the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.
Nose-piece from Ronnie Peterson's crashed Lotus 78 from the 1978 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The impact of the death of this much-loved driver can be seen even today, with countless of tributes set up on websites worldwide.