Chris Bristow  Great Britain

  • Full name Christopher Bristow
  • Birth date December 2, 1937
  • Birthplace Lambeth, London, Great Britain
  • Date of death June 19, 1960 (22 years 200 days)
  • Place of death Francorchamps, Belgium
  • Teams Cooper
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1959 Cooper 1 1 0 0 1 10 0 0 16 0 0 0 -
1960 Cooper 3 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 4 0 0 0 -
Total 4 4 0 0 1 10 0 0 4 0 0 0
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Aintree July 18, 1959 Race results
Last race Belgian Grand Prix Spa June 19, 1960 Race results
Profile

Chris Bristow had already established a reputation for recklessness by the time he entered Formula One in 1959, managing to spin off or crash on the majority of circuits he raced on.

He started racing aged 16, in 1958 he beat Sterling Moss and Jack Brabham in a short Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch. He made his debut for the Yeoman Credit team, driving a Cooper, at the British GP in 1959, finishing a credible 10th. At the 1960 Belgian GP, the third race of the season, he was killed when his car overturned on a fast, downhill stretch as he battled with a Ferrari; Bristow was thrown into a barbed-wire fence and decapitated. A few minutes later a second British driver, Alan Stacey, died in almost the same spot; the previous day, Moss had also crashed there in practice. There were no witnesses as spectators had been banned from the area because of the recognised danger.

At the time of his death he held lap records for 1100cc and 1500cc at a number of British circuits. "Undoubtedly he could have been something," a contemporary journalist wrote. "He was bloody quick. Another couple of years and people would have seen just how great he was."

Martin Williamson

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