Elio de Angelis  Italy

  • Full name Elio de Angelis
  • Birth date March 26, 1958
  • Birthplace Rome, Italy
  • Date of death May 15, 1986 (28 years 50 days)
  • Place of death Marseille, France
  • Teams Brabham, Shadow, Team Lotus
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1979 Shadow 15 14 0 0 7 4 0 0 12 0 0 3 15
1980 Team Lotus 14 14 0 1 8 2 0 0 4 0 0 13 7
1981 Team Lotus 14 14 0 0 10 4 0 0 6 0 0 14 8
1982 Team Lotus 15 15 1 1 8 1 0 0 7 0 0 23 9
1983 Team Lotus 15 15 0 0 2 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 18
1984 Team Lotus 16 16 0 4 12 2 1 4 1 0 0 34 3
1985 Team Lotus 16 16 1 3 11 1 1 1 1 0 0 33 5
1986 Brabham 4 4 0 0 1 8 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
Total 109 108 2 9 59 1 3 6 1 0 0 122
Race Circuit Date
First race Argentine Grand Prix Buenos Aires January 21, 1979 Race results
Last race Monaco Grand Prix Monaco May 11, 1986 Race results
Profile

Very few drivers have reached Formula One as early in life as Elio did, for he had a full-time ride when he was just 20. Coming from a wealthy family, he cut his teeth on karts, then blasted into Formula Three, pipping Piercarlo Ghinzani to the 1977 Italian crown. He then won the 1978 Monaco Formula Three race, but had little to shout about in Formula Two. Family backing propelled him into Formula One for 1979 with Shadow. Elio picked up a fourth place at Watkins Glen, but the car was never really competitive. He joined Lotus for 1980 and made the most of the superior equipment to finish second in his second outing, in Brazil. The following year showed consistent points scoring, then, in Austria in 1982, he had his first win, by a nose, from Keke Rosberg's Williams.

A change to Renault engines scuppered 1983, but 1984 was much better and Elio ended up third overall. A second win was picked up in San Marino in 1985, and he led the title race awhile before falling back to fifth at season's end. Elio moved to Brabham for 1986 and it was while testing at Paul Ricard that he crashed and died.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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June 23, 1985

Elio de Angelis and Lotus team-mate Ayrton Senna in discussion on the grid

May 5, 1985

Winner Alain Prost, second-placed Elio de Angelis and third-placed Thierry Boutsen

March 25, 1984

Elio de Angelis on pole for start of the first race of the season

     

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