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How did Mike Beuttler make history in Formula One?

Question #148363. Asked by Thesuperyoshi.
Last updated Mar 28 2021.
Originally posted Mar 28 2021 1:23 AM.

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Mike Beuttler is believed to be the only LGBTQ+ male driver to have raced in Formula 1. His 29 races (28 starts) between 1971-1973 yielded a best result of seventh place at the 1973 Spanish Grand Prix.
Beuttler is often described as the first openly gay Formula One driver, although former Autosport editor and friend Ian Phillips has described Beuttler as "semi-closeted", adding "I'm not sure anybody really knew. We all just kind of suspected it. Because people weren't open about being gay in those days and he took this lovely girlfriend to all the races which I suspect was just to distract because people didn't come out as being gay in those days."


Mar 28 2021, 5:23 AM
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