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Another flying Swede gone way too soon

He wasn't as flamboyant behind the wheel of a racing car as his countryman Ronnie Peterson, but Gunnar Nilsson - who sadly left us on this day in 1978, a little over a month after the Super Swede's tragic death at Monza - was surely a man endowed with an abundance of talent. After a successful career in the junior ranks, Nilsson made his F1 debut with Lotus in 1976, a year in which he scored a couple of podium finishes. His day of glory came in the following season, at a rain-soaked Belgian GP at Zolder, where the Swede crucially gained an upper hand over his rivals thanks to a well-timed early pit stop while others failed to read the changing conditions. Sadly, Zolder would remain Gunnar...
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