Stefan Bellof  Germany

  • Full name Stefan Bellof
  • Birth date November 20, 1957
  • Birthplace Giessen, Germany
  • Date of death September 1, 1985 (27 years 285 days)
  • Place of death Stavelot, Belgium
  • Teams Tyrrell
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1984 Tyrrell 12 12 0 0 0 - 0 0 16 0 0 0 -
1985 Tyrrell 10 9 0 0 7 4 0 0 19 0 0 4 16
Total 22 21 0 0 7 4 0 0 16 0 0 4
Race Circuit Date
First race Brazilian Grand Prix Jacarepaguá March 25, 1984 Race results
Last race Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort August 25, 1985 Race results
Profile

Germany had long been aware of its failure to win the World Championship and, if Stefan Bellof had not been killed in a sports car race in 1985, it could all have been very different. Exciting is a description that does not really do justice to Stefan's driving: it was electrifying. He was, in short, a joy to watch - on the ragged edge of control where others would long previously have lost it.

Fresh out of karting, he won the German Formula Ford Championship, vaulted to Formula Three for 1981 and was third overall. Moving up to Formula Two in 1982, he drove with great success for the Maurer team, winning the first two races. However, results tailed off, with retirements blunting his achievement. So a second Formula Two season became essential, dovetailed with sports car races for the works Porsche team. He made it to Formula One in 1984 with Tyrrell and was challenging for victory at Monaco before heavy rain stopped play when he was third, thwarting both him and Ayrton Senna as they closed on Alain Prost. However, the Tyrrell team was found to have committed a technical irregularity and all his points were removed for the 1984 season.

At least Stefan was able to enjoy winning six times for Porsche en route to claiming the world title. For 1985 he found the Tyrrell to be less competitive, and had only a fourth and a sixth to his name when he overstepped the mark in a sports car race at Spa, failing in a crazy attempt to overtake in the daunting Eau Rouge corner. He died instantly.

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

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May 5, 1985

Stefan Bellof ahead of the race

May 5, 1985

Stefan Bellof waits to head out on track

May 5, 1985

Stefan Bellof skips over the kerbs in his Tyrrell

     

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