Patrick Depailler  France

  • Full name Patrick André Eugène Joseph Depailler
  • Birth date August 9, 1944
  • Birthplace Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Date of death August 1, 1980 (35 years 358 days)
  • Place of death Heidelberg, Germany
  • Teams Alfa Romeo, Ligier, Tyrrell
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1972 Tyrrell 2 2 0 0 1 7 0 0 11 0 0 0 -
1974 Tyrrell 15 15 0 1 11 2 1 1 1 1 0 14 9
1975 Tyrrell 14 14 0 1 11 3 0 1 2 1 0 12 9
1976 Tyrrell 16 16 0 7 10 2 0 1 2 1 0 39 4
1977 Tyrrell 17 17 0 3 8 2 0 0 3 0 0 20 9
1978 Tyrrell 16 16 1 5 8 1 0 0 5 0 0 34 5
1979 Ligier 7 7 1 2 5 1 0 4 2 1 0 22 6
1980 Alfa Romeo 8 8 0 0 0 - 0 0 3 0 0 0 -
Total 95 95 2 19 54 1 1 7 1 4 0 141
Race Circuit Date
First race French Grand Prix Clermont-Ferrand July 2, 1972 Race results
Last race British Grand Prix Brands Hatch July 13, 1980 Race results
Profile

For years it looked as though this little Frenchman would always be bridesmaid and never the bride in Formula One. Then, at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1978, after collecting a frustrating total of eight second places, he finally came good to climb the top step on the podium.

Patrick had a lengthy but muddled schooling in Formula Three and Formula Two that saw him step back down to Formula Three in 1971 and claim the French title. Armed with this, he won the Monaco Formula Three race and was rewarded with two Formula One outings by Tyrrell, finishing seventh at Watkins Glen.

However, he spent the rest of the year in Formula Two, and 1973 and 1974, when he won the European title. But 1974 was also his first full season of Formula One. Patrick did well, too, with a second place in Sweden. The next four years were spent driving with Tyrrell, with points scores aplenty, but only that one win at Monaco to his name.

A move to Ligier in 1979 brought another win, in Spain, but then Patrick smashed up his legs in a hang-gliding accident. He joined Alfa Romeo for 1980, but when testing before that year's German Grand Prix, Patrick crashed fatally.

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

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March 30, 1980

Nelson Piquet leads Rene Arnoux and Patrick Depailler into the first bend

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Patrick Depailler leads in the early laps

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