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Gunnar Nilsson (November 20, 1948 - October 20, 1978) was a Swedish Formula One driver who competed between 1976 and 1977 before being diagnosed with testicular cancer which soon became terminal.

His best achievement was winning the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix. Nilsson spent his whole career at Lotus after the cancer affected his driving so cut short a possible Arrows seat.

In the last months of his life Nilsson created the Gunnar Nilsson Cancer Foundation named after himself to spread cancer awareness in Sweden. He died just one month short of his 30th birthday, on October 20, 1978.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1976 John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Cosworth 11 10th Report
1977 John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Cosworth 20 8th Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 32
Starts 31
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 1
Podiums 4
Fastest laps 1
Points 31
Laps Raced 1316
Distance Raced 6023.7 km
Races Led 1
Laps Led 21
Distance Led 90 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1977 Belgian 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 17 Pts Pos
1976 Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1945 1977 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 Flag of Japan 11 10th
Ret Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th 3rd Ret 13th 12th Ret 6th
1977 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1977 1981 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium 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 Flag of Japan 20 8th
DNS 5th 12th 8th 5th Ret 1st 19th 4th 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret


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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