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Didier Joseph Louis Pironi (March 26, 1952 - August 23, 1987) was a French racing driver, who competed for the Tyrrell, Ligier and Ferrari teams during his career.

One highlight of his career was beating his team-mate Gilles Villeneuve at the death at the 1982 San Marino Grand Prix, angering Villeneuve who refused to ever speak to Pironi again. He was true to his word as Villeneuve was to be killed at the very next race in Belgium, trying to better Pironi's lap time.

Pironi's career also came to an end later that year when he smashed out in qualifying for the German Grand Prix, inducing horrific injuries to both his legs. At that point, he was leading the championship, which was to be eventually won by Keke Rosberg.

Pironi later took up powerboating, which proved to be his downfall when on August 23, 1987 he was killed in an accident off of the Isle of Wight after his boat flipped over, also killing both of his crew members.

A few weeks after the accident, his girlfriend gave birth to twins Didier and Gilles, named in honour of Pironi and Villeneuve.

CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

1978Edit

1979Edit

1980Edit

1981Edit

1982Edit

1982 German Grand PrixEdit

DeathEdit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1978 Elf Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Cosworth 7 15th Report
1979 Team Tyrrell Tyrrell-Cosworth 14 10th Report
Candy Tyrrell Team
1980 Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Ford Cosworth 32 5th Report
1981 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 9 13th Report
1982 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 39 2nd Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 72
Starts 69
Pole Positions 4
Front Row Starts 6
Race Wins 3
Podiums 13
Fastest laps 5
Points 101
Laps Raced 3423
Distance Raced 15526 km
Races Led 10
Laps Led 295
Distance Led 1240 km

WinsEdit

No. Race
1 1980 Belgian Grand Prix
2 1982 San Marino Grand Prix
3 1982 Dutch Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
1978 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Spain 1977 1981 Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Canada 7 15th
14th 6th 6th Ret 5th 6th 12th Ret 10th Ret 5th Ret Ret Ret 10th 7th
1979 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1977 1981 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 14 10th
Ret 4th Ret DSQ 6th 3rd Ret C Ret 10th 9th 7th Ret 10th 5th 3rd
1980 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 32 5th
Ret 4th 3rd 6th 1st Ret 2nd Ret Ret Ret Ret 6th 3rd 3rd
1981 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of Argentina Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 9 13th
Ret Ret Ret 5th 8th 4th 15th 5th Ret Ret 9th Ret 5th Ret 9th
1982 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of the United States Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of the Netherlands Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of France Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy Flag of the United States 39 2nd
18th 6th Ret 1st DNS 2nd 3rd 9th 1st 2nd 3rd DNS


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

V T E List of World Drivers' Championship runners-up
1950: Juan Manuel Fangio
1951: Alberto Ascari
1952: Giuseppe Farina
1953: Juan Manuel Fangio
1954: José Froilán González
1955: Stirling Moss
1956: Stirling Moss
1957: Stirling Moss
1958: Stirling Moss
1959: Tony Brooks
1960: Bruce McLaren
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1962: Jim Clark
1963: Graham Hill
1964: Graham Hill
1965: Graham Hill
1966: John Surtees
1967: Jack Brabham
1968: Jackie Stewart
1969: Jacky Ickx
1970: Jacky Ickx
1971: Ronnie Peterson
1972: Jackie Stewart
1973: Emerson Fittipaldi
1974: Clay Regazzoni
1975: Emerson Fittipaldi
1976: Niki Lauda
1977: Jody Scheckter
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1979: Gilles Villeneuve
1980: Nelson Piquet
1981: Carlos Reutemann
1982: Didier Pironi
1983: Alain Prost
1984: Alain Prost
1985: Michele Alboreto
1986: Nigel Mansell
1987: Nigel Mansell
1988: Alain Prost
1989: Ayrton Senna
1990: Alain Prost
1991: Nigel Mansell
1992: Riccardo Patrese
1993: Ayrton Senna
1994: Damon Hill
1995: Damon Hill
1996: Jacques Villeneuve
1997: Heinz-Harald Frentzen*
1998: Michael Schumacher
1999: Eddie Irvine
2000: Mika Häkkinen
2001: David Coulthard
2002: Rubens Barrichello
2003: Kimi Räikkönen
2004: Rubens Barrichello
2005: Kimi Räikkönen
2006: Michael Schumacher
2007: Lewis Hamilton
2008: Felipe Massa
2009: Sebastian Vettel
2010: Fernando Alonso
2011: Jenson Button
2012: Fernando Alonso
2013: Fernando Alonso
2014: Nico Rosberg
2015: Nico Rosberg
2016: Lewis Hamilton
* Michael Schumacher was disqualified from the 1997 championship.
V T E FerrariLogo Scuderia Ferrari
Drivers
5. Germany Sebastian Vettel · 7. Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Personnel
Sergio Marchionne · Maurizio Arrivabene · James Allison · Jock Clear
World Champions
Italy Alberto Ascari (1952, 1953) · Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio (1956) · United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn (1958) · United States Phil Hill (1961) · United Kingdom John Surtees (1964) · Austria Niki Lauda (1975, 1977) · South Africa Jody Scheckter (1979) · Germany Michael Schumacher (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004) · Finland Kimi Räikkönen (2007)
Cars
125 · 275 · 340 · 625 · D50 · 246 · 256 · 312 · 312B · 156 · F1/86 · F1/87 · F1-2000 · F2001 · F2002 · F2003-GA · F2004 · F2005 · 248 F1 · F2007 · F2008 · F60 · F10 · 150° Italia · F2012 · F138 · F14 T · SF15-T · SF16-H · SF70H · more...
V T E Grand Prix Drivers' Association
Chairman
Moss • Bonnier • Stewart • Scheckter • Pironi • Senna • M. Schumacher • Coulthard • R. Schumacher • De la Rosa • Heidfeld • Barrichello • Wurz
Directors
M. Schumacher • Berger • Brundle • D. Hill • Coulthard • Wurz • Trulli • Webber • R. Schumacher • Alonso • De la Rosa • Heidfeld • Massa • Vettel • Barrichello • Button • Grosjean
Affected races
1969 Belgian Grand Prix • 1970 German Grand Prix • 1982 South African Grand Prix • 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Related
Professional Racing Drivers Assocation
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