Clay Regazzoni  Switzerland

  • Full name Gian-Claudio Giuseppe Regazzoni
  • Birth date September 5, 1939
  • Birthplace Lugano, Switzerland
  • Date of death December 15, 2006 (67 years 101 days)
  • Place of death Fontevivo, Parma, Italy
  • Teams BRM, Ensign, Ferrari, Shadow, Williams
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1970 Ferrari 8 8 1 4 7 1 1 2 1 3 0 33 3
1971 Ferrari 11 11 0 3 4 3 1 4 1 0 0 13 7
1972 Ferrari 10 10 0 2 6 2 0 3 2 0 0 15 7
1973 BRM 14 14 0 0 10 6 1 1 1 0 0 2 18
1974 Ferrari 15 15 1 7 12 1 1 5 1 3 0 52 2
1975 Ferrari 14 14 1 3 9 1 0 3 2 4 0 25 5
1976 Ferrari 15 15 1 4 12 1 1 3 1 3 1 31 5
1977 Ensign 17 15 0 0 6 5 0 0 7 0 0 5 17
1978 Shadow 16 11 0 0 6 5 0 0 15 0 0 4 16
1979 Williams 15 15 1 5 10 1 0 0 3 2 0 32 5
1980 Ensign 4 4 0 0 1 9 0 0 12 0 0 0 -
Total 139 132 5 28 83 1 5 21 1 15 1 212
Race Circuit Date
First race Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort June 21, 1970 Race results
Last race United States Grand Prix West Long Beach March 30, 1980 Race results
Profile

Gianclaudio, also known as Clay, became one of Formula One's most respected performers - and also one of its saddest stories. He made his grand prix debut for Ferrari midway through a remarkably successful Formula Two season in 1970, and proved himself to be an accomplished driver straightaway. Not only did he take an excellent fourth place on his debut in Britain, and follow it with a second place in Austria, but he also assured himself of a permanent place in the hearts of Ferrari fans when he won the Italian Grand Prix.

Clay stayed with the Italian team for another two seasons, before being dropped for 1973, only to return in 1974 alongside Niki Lauda. He proved the perfect foil for the Austrian, and came close to winning the World Championship in 1974, and supporting Lauda ably for another two years, before he was replaced by Carlos Reutemann for 1977.

Two years in the comparative wilderness with Ensign and Shadow were followed by a splendid return to the limelight in 1979 with Williams - indeed he gave the team its first grand prix win, at Silverstone, before again being replaced by Reutemann and returning to Ensign.

Tragedy was soon to follow. In his fourth race of 1980, the car's throttle jammed open along the flat-out Shoreline Drive at Long Beach, and he careered down an escape road and into a wall at unabated speed. He suffered severe spinal injuries which left him confined to a wheelchair. Clay's post-racing career as a commentator was brought to an end when he died in a car crash in 2006.

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

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July 14, 1979

Clay Regazzoni on his way to Williams' first grand prix victory

July 14, 1979

Rene Arnoux, race winner Clay Regazzoni and Jean-Pierre Jarier

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