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Frederick Roberts "Bob" Gerard (born 19 January 1914 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom – died 26 January 1990 in South Croxton, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom) was a British racing driver who competed in Formula One from it's inception in 1950 to 1957. Notable for wearing spectacles for his nearsightedness on the racetrack, he managed to secure three sixth-place finishes in aging machinery.

Born into an automotive family, Gerard started racing in his father's Riley, taking part in hillclimbs in the 1930s. He later started club races before the war interrupted his career. After the war, he purchased an ERA from Reg Parnell and after buying another ERA, stated competing in Grand Prix races.

He was successful; he won races in the British Empire Trophy (three times), the Jersey Road Race (twice) and the Ulster Trophy; while during the British Grands Prix he managed two podiums in 1948 and 1949.

Gerard competed at the first World Championship race, the 1950 British Grand Prix, but finished in sixth place, just outside of the points. He then proceeded to finish the next race, the Monaco Grand Prix, in sixth place as well.

Switching to a Cooper chassis in 1953, Gerard managed to keep up the impressive performances in home races, winning the Curtis Trophy and Joe Fry Memorial Trophy in 1953 and the Daily Record Trophy. He would score another sixth place at the 1957 British Grand Prix, his final Championship Grand Prix, before finishing his Grand Prix career in 1958. He continued racing into the 1960s, and acted as an entrant for up-and-coming drivers until the 1980s.

Formula One CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

Gerard chases a Maser

Gerard in his aging ERA in pursuit

Bob Gerard cut his teeth competing in hillclimbs in the 1930's in the family Riley and was a regular at local club meetings at his local Donington Park achieving strong results ere and at Brooklands.

After the war, Gerard purchased his first out and out racing car, an ERA R4A, purchased off Reg Parnell for £1000 and used his engineering nous to tune the car and other ERA's followed as he and his wife Joan contested hillclimbs and circuit races whilst he continued to modify the cars.

Gerard used his modified ERA 14B to win three back to back British Empire Trophies in 1947, 1948 and 1949 and used this decade old car to finish third at the 1948 British Grand Prix behind the two brand new Maserati's of Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi and a year later in the 1949 British Grand Prix finished second to Toulo de Graffenried.

1950Edit

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A battling 6th for Gerard at Monaco

Gerard continued his remarkable performances in his ancient ERA into the 1950 Formula One season with a sixth place finish, ahead of Maserati and Talbot-Lago machinery at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. A week later, he achieved the feat again at the second round of the season at Monaco, beating Talbot-Lago driver Johnny Claes into sixth place. Gerard would not appear at any further Championship races in 1950 and his two sixth places meant he failed to score any points.

At the British Empire Trophy, he secured his third victory at the event in four years. He also achieved podiums at the Ulster Trophy (second) and the Goodwood Trophy (third).

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Gerard's only participation was in the International Trophy, and he retired after 30 of the 50 laps.

After Formula OneEdit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
Pre-Championship
1946 Bob Gerard Racing ERA N/A Report
1947 Bob Gerard Racing ERA N/A Report
1948 Bob Gerard Racing ERA N/A Report
1949 Bob Gerard Racing ERA N/A Report
Formula One
1950 Bob Gerard Racing ERA 0 NC Report
1951 Bob Gerard Racing ERA 0 NC Report
1952 Bob Gerard Racing ERA
Frazer Nash-Bristol
N/A Report
1953 Bob Gerard Racing Cooper-Bristol 0 NC Report
Bob Sorensen
1954 Bob Gerard Cooper-Bristol 0 NC Report
1955 Bob Gerard Racing Cooper-Bristol N/A Report
Stirling Moss Ltd Maserati
1956 Bob Gerard Racing Cooper-Bristol 0 NC Report
Connaught Engineering Connaught-Alta
1957 Bob Gerard Racing Cooper-Bristol 0 NC Report
1958 Bob Gerard Racing Cooper-Bristol N/A

Note: For Formula One years, italics indicates an entry or constructor that did not participate in World Championship races.

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 8
Starts 8
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 561
Distance Raced 2699 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Race WinsEdit

Pre-ChampionshipEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1947 Ulster Trophy
2 1947 British Empire Trophy
3 1948 Jersey Road Race
4 1949 Jersey Road Race
5 1949 British Empire Trophy

Non-ChampionshipEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1950 British Empire Trophy
2 1953 Joe Fry Memorial Trophy
3 1953 Curtis Trophy
4 1955 Daily Record Trophy

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pts Pos
1950 Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Switzerland Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of Italy 0 NC
6th 6th
1951 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC
11th
1953 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 0 NC
11th Ret
1954 Flag of Argentina 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of Spain 1945 1977 0 NC
10th
1956 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy 0 NC
11th
1957 Flag of Argentina Flag of Monaco 48-star U S flag Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Abruzzo bandiera Flag of Italy 0 NC
6th


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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