Ukyo Katayama  Japan

  • Full name Ukyo Katayama
  • Birth date May 29, 1963
  • Birthplace Tokyo, Japan
  • Current age 51 years 117 days
  • Teams Minardi, Tyrrell, Venturi
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1992 Venturi 16 14 0 0 6 9 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1993 Tyrrell 16 16 0 0 5 10 0 0 13 0 0 0 -
1994 Tyrrell 16 16 0 0 4 5 0 0 5 0 0 5 17
1995 Tyrrell 16 15 0 0 4 7 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1996 Tyrrell 16 16 0 0 6 7 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
1997 Minardi 17 17 0 0 8 10 0 0 15 0 0 0 -
Total 97 94 0 0 33 5 0 0 5 0 0 5
Race Circuit Date
First race South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 1, 1992 Race results
Last race European Grand Prix Jerez October 26, 1997 Race results
Profile

The best grand prix driver to come out of Japan, Ukyo looked out of his depth in Formula One, but some stirring drives for Tyrrell in 1994, where he usually had the measure of his team-mate Mark Blundell, gave the lie to that. Ukyo won junior single-seater titles in Japan in 1983-84 and then came to Europe to race in Formule Renault and Formula Three in 1986 and 1987.

He went back to Japan to race in Formula 3000 in 1988, and won the title in 1991. His Formula One debut came with Larrousse in 1992, and he showed well against Bertrand Gachot. A terrible year followed, however, and many thought his tiny physique would mean that he would never be strong enough to drive a modern Formula One car.

However, in 1994 it became clear that a strong talent and speed were allied to his sunny personality. Ukyo had a thin season in 1995, failing to score a single point as Tyrrell struggled to keep up with the richer teams. He also had a huge accident in Portugal. Sadly, 1996 was no better, and he moved on to Minardi for 1997 before quitting at the end of the year to go mountain climbing with the occasional race at Le Mans.

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

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October 3, 2009

Former Tyrell driver Ukyo Katayama pays a visit to the pits

March 9, 1997

Minardi driver Ukyo Katayama

September 24, 1995

Ukyo Katayama rolls his car after colliding with Luca Badoer

     

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