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Bertrand Gachot (GASH-oh; born 23 December 1962 in Luxembourg, Canton of Luxembourg, District of Luxembourg, Luxembourg) is a Luxembourg-born French former racing driver, probably best known for his arrest that lead to the début of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. He initially drove in Formula One under a Belgian racing licence, but switched to French in 1992.

He made his début at the first race of the 1989 season for Onyx, failing to pre-qualify for the first six races and only finishing twice before being fired after complaining about the amount of testing time. He drove for the Rial team for the final two races, failing to qualify both races. 1990 was even worse. Driving for Coloni, he failed to qualify for all sixteen races, not getting out of pre-qualifying for the first ten.

1991 was a completely different season. Driving for the new Jordan, Gachot was able to show his talent, scoring four points in ten races, setting fastest lap in Hungary and winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Mazda. However, his season was interrupted by a two-month prison sentence for spraying CS gas on a London taxicab driver after a traffic altercation, which allowed Schumacher to make his F1 début. Once released, he joined the Larrousse team, failing to reach the grid in Australia.

Gachot drove the 1992 season with Larrousse, scoring a solitary point but retiring in most of the races. He failed to find a seat in 1993. He returned in 1994 for the Pacific team, only qualifying for five races in his first season and only making two finishes from eleven starts in his next season, 1995. Pacific folded at the end of the year and Gachot's career was over.


Formula One CareerEdit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1989 Moneytron Onyx Formula One Onyx-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
Rial Racing Rial-Ford Cosworth
1990 Subaru Coloni Racing
Coloni Racing Srl
Coloni-Subaru
Coloni-Ford Cosworth
0 NC Report
1991 Team 7UP Jordan Jordan-Ford Cosworth 4 13th Report
Larrousse F1 Lola-Ford Cosworth
1992 Central Park Venturi Larrousse Venturi-Lamborghini 1 19th Report
1993 Did not compete
1994 Pacific Grand Prix Ltd Pacific-Ilmor 0 NC Report
1995 Pacific Grand Prix Ltd Pacific-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 84
Starts 47
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 1
Points 5
Laps Raced 1793
Distance Raced 8146 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0.000 km

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1989 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 13th 12th DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ
1990 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
1991 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 4 13th
10th 13th Ret 8th 5th Ret Ret 6th 6th 9th DNQ
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1992 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of Spain Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 1 19th
Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret 6th DSQ Ret Ret 14th Ret 18th Ret Ret Ret Ret
1993 Did not compete
1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of the Pacific Community Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Europe Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
1995 Flag of Brazil Flag of Argentina Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Europe Flag of the Pacific Community Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret Ret 8th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

  1. Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded

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