Thierry Boutsen  Belgium

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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1983 Arrows 10 10 0 0 8 7 0 0 10 0 0 0 -
1984 Arrows 16 15 0 0 7 5 0 0 11 0 0 5 15
1985 Arrows 16 16 0 1 12 2 0 0 5 0 0 11 11
1986 Arrows 16 16 0 0 6 7 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
1987 Benetton 16 16 0 1 9 3 0 0 3 0 0 16 8
1988 Benetton 16 16 0 5 13 3 0 0 3 0 0 27 4
1989 Williams 16 16 2 5 10 1 0 0 3 0 0 37 5
1990 Williams 16 16 1 3 10 1 1 1 1 1 0 34 6
1991 Ligier 16 16 0 0 10 7 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
1992 Ligier 16 16 0 0 7 5 0 0 7 0 0 2 14
1993 Jordan 10 10 0 0 5 9 0 0 19 0 0 0 -
Total 164 163 3 15 97 1 1 1 1 1 0 132
Race Circuit Date
First race Belgian Grand Prix Spa May 22, 1983 Race results
Last race Belgian Grand Prix Spa August 29, 1993 Race results
Profile

Thierry rocketed through Formula Ford. His maiden year in Formula Three, in the heady days of 1979, was not so sweet, but he finally came good and landed a works ride for 1980, finishing second overall to Michele Alboreto. Formula Two followed and he was second again, this time to Geoff Lees, but he had done enough to impress.

And so Thierry made it to Formula One for 1983 with Arrows, with whom he stayed until 1986, peaking with second place at Imola in 1985. Thierry moved to Benetton in 1987. Five third places in 1988 helped him to fourth overall - his best placing in the championship. A move to Williams in 1989 yielded two victories, both in the wet, and although he won again in 1990, holding off massive pressure from the Brazilian Ayrton Senna in Hungary, his contract with Williams was not renewed.

Thierry moved to Ligier for 1991 and 1992, which proved a costly mistake, the team being off the pace even with Renault engines. When Ivan Capelli was sacked by Jordan in 1993, Thierry moved into the vacancy, but he did not last the season. He has since raced touring cars and sports cars.

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

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November 3, 1991

Thierry Boutsen on his way to victory in the rain

May 15, 1988

Thierry Boutsen at the Lowes Hairpin

May 5, 1985

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

     

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