Formula 1 and the Olympics are two areas of sport that do not have an obvious connection. However, there are in fact a number of former F1 drivers who have taken their chances at the Games.
Amongst these was Ben Pon. The entrepreneur and racing driver competed in one race in the premier class, in which he crashed out on the second lap.
Pon also struggled to achieve success when he took part in the Olympic Games. The Dutchman participated in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, where he competed in clay pigeon shooting, but failed to win any medals.
Other ex-Formula 1 drivers also failed to score highly at the Olympics. Prince Bira sailed for Thailand in the Summer Olympics on four occasions, but never picked up a medal. Meanwhile, Britain’s Divina Galica also came away empty-handed when she competed four times for her home country in skiing.
There have been several other former F1 drivers to try their luck in the Olympics, including Spain’s Alfonso de Portago (Bobsleigh), Argentina’s Roberto Mieres (Sailing), America’s Bob Said (Bobsleigh) and Britain’s Robin Widdows (Bobsleigh). All failed to win a medal.