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Gerhard Karl Mitter (born 30 August 1935 in Krásná Lípa, Czechoslovakia – died 1 August 1969 on the Nürburgring Circuit, Germany) was a German racing driver who most notably drove for Lotus in Formula One.

Formula One CareerEdit

Pre-Formula OneEdit

After beginning his racing career in motorbikes, Mitter entered the Formula Junior series. He became the best German Formula Junior driver with 40 victories.

During his Formula One career, he also entered with Porsche into sportscar racing and hillclimbing events.

Formula OneEdit

After winning the Formula Junior Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring, the Porsche Formula One team invited Mitter to participate in the 1963 German Grand Prix. He placed in 4th position to gain 3 points in the season.

The following year, he was offered a drive with Lotus. He was unsucessful in scoring any points in his 3 years with the team (1964 - 1966).

After leaving Lotus, Mitter entered his Formula Two car in the 1967 German Grand Prix, but was unable to complete any laps as an engine failure forced him out of the race.

After taking a break from Formula One racing, he again entered his Formula Two car into the 1969 German Grand Prix, the race in which he would be killed.

DeathEdit

While practicing for the 1969 German Grand Prix in his BMW Formula Two car, Mitter's car suffered a suspension or steering failure. Mitter was killed in the accident.

Because a failure was suspected, BMW withdrew their drivers, Hubert Hahne and Dieter Quester from the event. Mitter's Porsche teammate, Hans Herrmann also withdrew from the event.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1963 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 3 12th Report
1964 Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 0 NC Report
1965 Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 0 NC Report
1966 Ron Harris/Team Lotus Lotus-Cosworth 0 NC Report
1967 Gerhard Mitter Brabham-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1969 BMW BMW 0 NC Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 5
Starts 4
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 3
Laps Raced 39
Distance Raced 852.4 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Pos
1963 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 3 12th
Ret 4th
1964 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
9th
1965 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
Ret
1966 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
DNS
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Canada Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
Ret
1969 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
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

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V T E F1 drivers killed while racing
1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
1974: Helmuth Koinigg
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
See also: List of fatal accidents
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