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F1's only living centenarian

ESPNF1 Staff
June 20, 2011
Paul Pietsch at Silverstone in 1952 © Getty Images
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Paul Pietsch became the only living F1 driver to reach 100 years of age on Monday.

The German, born on 20 June 1911, drove Alfa Romeos and Maseratis in the modern world championship's earliest years, failing to win a race or score a point. But he is also remembered for founding the authoritative magazine Auto Motor und Sport, and in more recent years for refusing to use a walking stick or a hearing aid because they are "for old people".

Pietsch's nickname in his racing days was 'Rennbaby' (baby racer), as he spent much of his earlier career as the youngest in the field. When his career stalled due to flagging finances he founded a publishing company in a bid to get back on track.

"I wanted to race again," he told the FAZ newspaper. "We had to get the funding somehow, by selling something. I said to myself that I could sell my knowledge about motor racing."