Rolf Stommelen  Germany

  • Full name Rolf-Johann Stommelen
  • Birth date July 11, 1943
  • Birthplace Cologne, Germany
  • Date of death April 24, 1983 (39 years 287 days)
  • Place of death Riverside, California, United States
  • Teams Arrows, Brabham, Hesketh, Hill, Lola, March, Surtees
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1970 Brabham 13 10 0 1 6 3 0 0 7 0 0 10 11
1971 Surtees 10 9 0 0 6 5 0 0 10 0 0 3 20
1972 March 8 8 0 0 5 10 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
1973 Brabham 4 4 0 0 3 11 0 0 9 0 0 0 -
1974 Lola 4 4 0 0 2 11 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1975 Lola, Hill 6 6 0 0 4 7 0 0 9 0 0 0 -
1976 Brabham, Hesketh 3 3 0 0 2 6 0 0 11 0 0 1 20
1978 Arrows 14 9 0 0 6 9 0 0 17 0 0 0 -
Total 62 53 0 1 34 3 0 0 7 0 0 14
Race Circuit Date
First race South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 7, 1970 Race results
Last race Canadian Grand Prix Gilles Villeneuve October 8, 1978 Race results
Profile

After making his name taming the Porsche 917 sports car, Rolf entered Formula One with Brabham in 1970. From the off, he showed great promise with four top-six finishes, but seasons with Surtees and then the ugly Eifelland March all but destroyed his Formula One career.

An occasional drive with Brabham in 1974 provided a lifeline, and he was offered a drive with the Hill team for 1975, only to be injured in a crash at the Spanish Grand Prix, when his car flew into the crowd and killed four spectators.

When Rolf returned later in the year, he was off-form and was mainly away from Formula One until spending a season as an also-ran with Arrows in 1978, after which he returned to sports cars. He was killed in a crash at Riverside, California in 1983.

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

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April 27, 1975

The remains of Rolf Stommelen's Embassy Hill is lifted out of the spectator area after a high-speed accident killed five people

April 27, 1974

The remains of the Hill GH1 of Rolf Stommelen

July 4, 1972

Rolf Stommelen exits the hairpin in his Eifelland-March 721

     

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