Mike Parkes  Great Britain

  • Full name Michael Johnson Parkes
  • Birth date September 24, 1931
  • Birthplace Richmond, Surrey, Great Britain
  • Date of death August 28, 1977 (45 years 338 days)
  • Place of death Riva Presso Chieri, Turin, Italy
  • Teams Ferrari, Fry
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1959 Fry 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
1966 Ferrari 4 4 0 2 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 12 8
1967 Ferrari 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 8 0 0 2 18
Total 7 6 0 2 3 2 1 2 1 0 0 14
Race Circuit Date
First race British Grand Prix Aintree July 18, 1959 Race results
Last race Belgian Grand Prix Spa June 18, 1967 Race results
Profile

Educated at Haileybury, where Stirling Moss was two years his senior, Mike Parkes left school early to serve an apprenticeship in Coventry where he moved into development of cars. In the late 1962 he moved to Ferrari as a driver and development engineer. During this time he was acknowledged as a leading long-distance driver, and in 1966 Ferrari gave him a chance in Formula One. The faith was repaid when he finished second in the French Grand Prix and followed that with another second in his fourth outing, at Monza. He started the 1967 season strongly with a win in an international race at Silverstone, and he then dead-heated for first in the non-championship Syracuse Grand Prix. However, his F1 career was ended by a crash in the Belgian Grand Prix the following weekend which broke both his legs. He continued racing sports cars into the 1970s and was working as a consultant in Italy when he was killed in a car crash.

Martin Williamson November 2009

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September 4, 1966

Mike Parkes takes afternoon tea at the 1966 Italian Grand Prix

July 3, 1966

John Surtees leads away Lorenzo Bandini and Michael Parkes

     

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