The 1973 British Grand Prix is remembered for only one thing - the nine-car pile-up at the exit of Woodcote triggered by Jody Scheckter spinning his McLaren M23.
Astonishingly, the only driver to sustain injuries in the resulting chaos was Italian Andrea de Adamich. It took almost an hour to cut him out of his Brabham BT42, with the resulting injuries ending his single-seater career.
The 31-year-old had not made a dramatic impact on F1 since making his debut in a works Ferrari at Kyalami in 1968, despite a couple of fourth places, one for Surtees in Spain in 1972 and the second with a Brabham in Belgium the following year. But he was a well-respected and capable driver, who had won the 1966 and 1967 1600cc European Touring Car championships for Alfa Romeo.
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