Willy Mairesse  Belgium

  • Full name Willy Mairesse
  • Birth date October 1, 1928
  • Birthplace Momignies, Belgium
  • Date of death September 2, 1969 (40 years 336 days)
  • Place of death Ostend, Belgium
  • Teams BRM, Ferrari, Team Lotus
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1960 Ferrari 3 3 0 1 1 3 0 1 3 0 0 4 16
1961 Team Lotus, Ferrari 3 3 0 0 0 - 0 0 13 0 0 0 -
1962 Ferrari 3 3 0 0 2 4 0 0 4 0 0 3 14
1963 Ferrari 3 3 0 0 0 - 0 1 3 0 0 0 -
1965 BRM 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
Total 13 12 0 1 3 3 0 2 3 0 0 7
Race Circuit Date
First race Belgian Grand Prix Spa June 19, 1960 Race results
Last race Belgian Grand Prix Spa June 13, 1965 Race results
Profile

Willy was famous for his lurid accidents. Ferrari signed him in 1960, and he was in and out of Formula One until he was signed up as number two to John Surtees in 1963. He ended his grand prix career after crashing out of the German Grand Prix. He raced in sports cars until 1968, when he crashed in a Ford GT40 at Le Mans after a door flew open, and he suffered head injuries. He was ill for a year and, realizing there was no place for him in racing, killed himself.

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

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September 16, 1962

Willy Mairesse completes another lap on his return from injury

June 17, 1962

Willy Mairesse's burning Ferrari after his collision with Trevor Taylor's Lotus

     

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