To boot as being belief to be one of the most 4 drivers who rescued Niki Lauda from his burning Ferrari at the Nürburgring in 1976, Ertl additionally holds a file that will doubtlessly under no circumstances be beaten: he’s the one driver to ever fail to qualify for a single GP with two various teams.
He landed a mid-season deal to pressure for Ensign in 1978, nonetheless the auto turn out to be once downhearted. When he did now not prequalify the truculent machine at Monza, he made up our minds he’d had adequate and jumped ship.
Nonetheless, he learned himself talking with Günter Schmid of ATS, who had an empty car following a pre-speed check accident sooner or later of which his quantity-one driver, Jochen Mass, had broken his leg. Ertl promptly jumped into the amount 10 car and had a crack at getting it into the speed, nonetheless to no avail, thereby reserving himself a second (albeit much less mettlesome) effect within the historical past books.