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, was surely a man endowed with 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.

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.

From 13th Nilsson batted his way to the front, taking command of the 70-lap race on lap 50 to lead home Niki Lauda's Ferrari and Ronnie Peterson's Tyrrell.

Sadly, Zolder would remain Gunnar Nilsson's single F1 win. Later that year, he was later diagnosed with cancer, ultimately losing his battle against the illness at just 29-years-old.