|First race||Monaco Grand Prix||Monaco||May 21, 1950||Race results|
|Last race||British Grand Prix||Silverstone||July 17, 1954||Race results|
Peter Whitehead got into racing early, aided by support from his family wool business, and in 1935, with one year under his belt, made a successful switch to drive an ERA. His first major win came in 1938 at the Australian Grand Prix. After serving as a pilot in the war, he returned to racing in 1947 with continuing success, although he missed the 1948 season after suffering injuries in a plane crash.
His breakthrough came in 1949 when he became the first privateer to persuade Enzo Ferrari to sell him one of his Formula One cars. He won that season's non-championship Czechoslovakian Grand Prix, and finished third in the championship French Grand Prix after leading before suffering a gear-box failure. That was to be his only podium in 12 championship starts between 1950 and 1954.
In 1950, partnered by Peter Walker, he won the Le Mans 24 Hour and continued to record good finishes in Formula Two before turning his main attention to sports cars in 1953. He finished second at Le Mans in 1958 co-driving with his half-brother, Graham, but a few weeks later was killed in the Tour de France when their Jaguar 3.4-litre saloon, which Graham was driving, plunged off a bridge into a ravine. Peter was killed, his half-brother escaped with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Martin Williamson November 2009