Riccardo Patrese  Italy

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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1977 Shadow 9 9 0 0 5 6 0 0 6 0 0 1 20
1978 Arrows 14 14 0 1 7 2 0 0 5 0 0 11 12
1979 Arrows 15 14 0 0 6 5 0 0 9 0 0 2 20
1980 Arrows 14 14 0 1 7 2 0 0 7 0 0 7 9
1981 Arrows 15 15 0 2 6 2 1 1 1 0 0 10 11
1982 Brabham 15 15 1 3 5 1 0 3 2 2 0 21 10
1983 Brabham 15 15 1 2 5 1 1 2 1 1 0 13 9
1984 Alfa Romeo 16 16 0 1 6 3 0 0 7 0 0 8 13
1985 Alfa Romeo 16 16 0 0 4 9 0 0 9 0 0 0 -
1986 Brabham 16 16 0 0 5 6 0 0 4 0 0 2 17
1987 Brabham, Williams 16 16 0 1 7 3 0 0 7 0 0 6 13
1988 Williams 16 16 0 0 8 4 0 0 5 0 0 8 11
1989 Williams 16 16 0 6 10 2 1 2 1 1 0 40 3
1990 Williams 16 16 1 1 12 1 0 2 2 4 0 23 7
1991 Williams 16 16 2 8 11 1 4 7 1 2 0 53 3
1992 Williams 16 16 1 9 11 1 1 11 1 3 0 56 2
1993 Benetton 16 16 0 2 10 2 0 0 4 0 0 20 5
Total 257 256 6 37 125 1 8 28 1 13 0 281
Race Circuit Date
First race Monaco Grand Prix Monaco May 22, 1977 Race results
Last race Australian Grand Prix Adelaide November 7, 1993 Race results
Profile

Although Riccardo was one of the most popular personalities in Formula One in the latter stages of his career, in his youth he was grand prix racing's "enfant terrible". The personality transformation took place over a decade at the beginning of what turned into Formula One's longest career - 256 grand prix starts. At the beginning he was quick but unruly and, although he led the South African Grand Prix in 1978 in the new Arrows team's second race, success eluded him until he joined Brabham in 1982, when he won the Monaco Grand Prix. He made too many mistakes, though, and in 1983 he threw away the San Marino Grand Prix, but put in a flawless performance to win in South Africa.

In the mid-1980s his career went into a downward spiral, with Alfa Romeo and then Brabham, only for him to be given a chance to revitalize it with Williams in 1988. He forged an excellent working relationship with technical director Patrick Head, and also returned to winning ways, finding a new serenity in simply being lucky enough, as he saw it, to be employed by a top team in a sport he loved. This rejuvenation was never more evident than when Nigel Mansell returned to the team in 1991, and he had to play second fiddle to Riccardo through the first half of the season.

In 1992, though, Riccardo was pushed into the shadows by Mansell and, after a season at Benetton when he could not match Michael Schumacher's pace, Formula One left him behind. Despite offers to return in 1994, he chose to concentrate on touring cars until retiring at the end of 1997.

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

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Nigel Mansell celebrates winning the Grand Prix Masters in Kyalami with Emerson Fittipaldi and Ricardo Patrese

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Riccardo Patrese heads for his first victory in six and a half years

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Riccardo Patrese of Williams Judd at the 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix

     

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