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A rookie on pole

19. Jan 2022 
by Pierre Van Vliet
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It has happened three times in the history of Formula 1: a beginner or rookie on pole position. The last one to do so was Jacques Villeneuve for his first Grand Prix with Williams, at Melbourne in 1996.

Before him, Mario Andretti had achieved this performance at home, in 1968, when he took pole for the US Grand Prix held at Watkins Glen, driving a Lotus 49.

Four years later, in 1972, it was Carlos Reutemann who claimed pole position in his very first appearance in F1, at home in Buenos Aires, driving a Brabham BT34. This performance unleashed  tremendous enthusiasm in the Argentinian crowd and gave “Lole” an enormous popularity, till this day.

Source: DR

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