Derek Bell  Great Britain

  • Full name Derek Bell
  • Birth date October 31, 1941
  • Birthplace Pinner, Middlesex, Great Britain
  • Current age 72 years 325 days
  • Teams Brabham, Ferrari, McLaren, Surtees, Tecno
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1968 Ferrari 2 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 8 0 0 0 -
1969 McLaren 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 15 0 0 0 -
1970 Brabham, Surtees 2 2 0 0 1 6 0 0 13 0 0 1 24
1971 Surtees 1 1 0 0 0 - 0 0 23 0 0 0 -
1972 Tecno 5 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 25 0 0 0 -
1974 Surtees 5 1 0 0 1 11 0 0 25 0 0 0 -
Total 16 9 0 0 2 6 0 0 8 0 0 1
Race Circuit Date
First race Italian Grand Prix Monza September 8, 1968 Race results
Last race Canadian Grand Prix Mosport September 22, 1974 Race results
Profile

Very few British drivers have driven in Formula One for Ferrari. However, of those who have, few have failed to make their mark in the sport's top category. Derek was one of the unlucky ones. Propelled through the junior formulae first by his charismatic stepfather and then by Peter Westbury, Derek starred in Formula Two, catching the eye of Enzo Ferrari who signed him up for the last few grands prix of 1968. However, no regular drives followed, and the next three years saw him turn out for three different teams in only four grands prix, peaking with sixth place at the 1970 US Grand Prix for Surtees. Things looked better for 1972 when he managed five races for the Martini team, but the move bought no success, so he rejoined Surtees for 1974, qualifying only once. He then looked to sports cars for his glory and has won the Le Mans 24 Hours five times.

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

Notes

Awarded the MBE in 1986 for services to motorsport

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September 8, 1968

Derek Bell at the 1968 Italian Grand Prix

     

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