Jo Bonnier  Sweden

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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1956 Maserati 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
1957 Maserati 4 4 0 0 1 7 0 0 9 0 0 0 -
1958 Maserati, BRM 9 9 0 0 4 4 0 0 8 0 0 3 20
1959 BRM 7 7 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 10 8
1960 BRM 8 8 0 0 3 5 0 2 4 0 0 4 18
1961 Porsche 8 8 0 0 6 5 0 2 3 0 0 3 15
1962 Porsche 7 7 0 0 5 5 0 0 6 0 0 3 15
1963 Cooper 10 10 0 0 8 5 0 0 8 0 0 6 11
1964 Cooper, Brabham 9 9 0 0 4 5 0 0 8 0 0 3 15
1965 Brabham 10 10 0 0 5 7 0 0 7 0 0 0 -
1966 Brabham, Cooper 9 9 0 0 2 6 0 0 6 0 0 1 18
1967 Cooper 8 8 0 0 4 5 0 0 12 0 0 3 15
1968 Cooper, McLaren, Honda 9 8 0 0 3 5 0 0 16 0 0 3 22
1969 Team Lotus 2 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
1970 McLaren 2 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 24 0 0 0 -
1971 McLaren 5 3 0 0 2 10 0 0 20 0 0 0 -
Total 108 104 1 1 50 1 1 5 1 0 0 39
Race Circuit Date
First race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 2, 1956 Race results
Last race United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen October 3, 1971 Race results
Profile

Jo Bonnier was a throwback to an earlier era, born into a wealthy family which allowed him to participate in motor racing despite the wish of his parents. He attended Oxford University to study languages (he spoke six) and seemed set to join the family publishing business even though he raced, mainly bikes, in his spare time.

He first entered F1 in 1956 and raced with enthusiasm but little success, surviving a crash at Imola in 1958 which left his Maserati a complete wreck. In 1959 he won the Dutch GP, the only success of his long career - he did win the 1960 German GP which was held as a preparation for a rule change the following season. He continued to drive for a number of teams, including his own Joakim Bonnier Racing Team.

After 1968 his involvement gradually wound down as he concentrated on team management, and at the start of 1972 he announced he had quit F1 as he wanted to concentrate on safer racing. Tragically, at that year's Le Man 24-hour race his Lola crashed, ploughing into pine trees and cutting a 200-yard swathe through them as his car disintegrated. He was killed instantly.

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May 20, 1962

July 17, 1961

Damon Hill sitting in a toy car at his christening watched by some great names

July 15, 1961

Jo Bonnier in action for Porsche at the 1961 British Grand Prix

     

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