Ron­nie Peter­son

F1 Racing - - HERO'S OF HERO -

Born 14 Fe­bru­ary 1944, Öre­bro, Swe­den

Died 11 Septem­ber 1978, Monza, Italy

1966 Made his F3 de­but in a Svebe chas­sis co-de­signed by his fa­ther, Bengt, and Sven An­der­s­son

1967 Aban­doned Svebe for a proper Brab­ham, and fin­ished joint fourth in the Swedish F3 cham­pi­onship (won by Lo­tus F1-bound Reine Wisell), de­spite som­er­sault­ing the car in his first race at Karl­skoga 1968 Won the Swedish F3 cham­pi­onship for Tecno 1969 Be­came Swedish F3 cham­pion again, and gave March their F3 de­but, fin­ish­ing third in the new 693 chas­sis at Cad­well Park, one place ahead of James Hunt. How­ever, he then rolled his car at Montl­héry and suf­fered se­vere burns. Went on to make his F2 de­but in a Roy Winkel­mann-run Lo­tus

1970 Made his F1 de­but at Monaco, driv­ing a new March 701 run by Colin Crabbe Rac­ing

1971 Won the Euro­pean F2 cham­pi­onship with March and joined their works team in F1, lead­ing the Ital­ian GP and miss­ing out on the win by just 0.1s in the five-car dash to the line

1973 Moved to the works Lo­tus team in F1, win­ning in France, Aus­tria, Italy and the USA

1974 Won three more GPs, in­clud­ing Monaco, in the age­ing Lo­tus 72 af­ter the 76 proved trou­ble­some 1976 Quit Lo­tus for March af­ter one win at Monza 1977 Moved to Tyrrell, tak­ing one podium in the six-wheel P34 car

1978 Re­turned to Lo­tus as num­ber two to Mario An­dretti. Won the South African and Aus­trian GPs, but died in hospi­tal from a fat em­bolism af­ter crash­ing at Monza, and fin­ished a post­hu­mous sec­ond in the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship

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