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Paul Pietsch (born 20 June, 1911 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany – died 31 May, 2012 in Titisee-Neustadt, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) was a German racing driver and founder of the magazine Das Auto, notable for celebrating his 100th birthday on June 20, 2011 and becoming the oldest living Formula One racer and the first to reach the age of 100. He was also the first German driver in Formula One. Other Grand Prix drivers to reach 100 were Louis Gerard and Ernst Jakob Henne.

He competed in three Formula One Grands Prix, retiring from all of these races, and also in pre-war Grands Prix between 1932 and 1939, winning the 1933 Swedish Ice Race and 1934 Vallentunaloppet in an Alfa Romeo.

When he died in May 2012, film director Manoel de Oliveira was left as the last surviving pre-war Grand Prix driver. Robert Manzon was left as the last surviving starter from the first season after the death of José Froilán González in June 2013 until his own death in January 2015. Robert La Caze become the oldest living F1 driver upon Pietsch's death.


Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

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

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
Pre-Championship
1932 Pilesi Racing Team Bugatti 23 =22nd Report
1933 Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo Report
1934 Paul Pietsch Alfa Romeo Report
1935 Auto Union AG Auto Union 31 =11th Report
1956 Did not compete in any races
1937 Paul Pietsch Maserati 35 =17th Report
1938 Paul Pietsch Maserati 28 =14th
1939 Paul Pietsch
Officine Alfieri Maserati
Maserati 26 14th Report
Formula One
1950 Paul Pietsch Maserati 0 NC
1951 Alfa Romeo SpA Alfa Romeo 0 NC
1952 Motor-Presse-Verlag
Paul Pietsch
Veritas 0 NC Report
1953 Paul Pietsch Maserati Non-championship only

Race WinsEdit

Note: All pre-Championship and non-European Championship

No. Race
1 1933 Swedish Ice Race
2 1934 Vallentunaloppet

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 3
Starts 3
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0
Laps Raced 12
Distance Raced 274 km
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km

European Championship ResultsEdit

Complete European Championship results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 Pts Pos
1932 Flag of Italy 1861-1946 Flag of France Flag of Germany 1919 - 1933 23 =22nd
Ret
19331934: Not held
1935 Flag of Belgium Flag of German Reich 1933 - 1935 Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 1861-1946 Flag of Spain 1931 - 1939 31 =11th
9th 3rd
1936: Did not compete in any races
1937 Flag of Belgium Flag of German Reich (1935-1945) Flag of Monaco Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 1861-1946 35 =17th
Ret 10th
1938 Flag of France Flag of German Reich (1935-1945) Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 1861-1946 28 =14th
6th
1939 Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of German Reich (1935-1945) Flag of Switzerland Flag of Italy 1861-1946 26 14th
3rd Ret C


Key
Symbol Meaning Pts Symbol Meaning Pts
1stWinner1 RetRetired (>75% race distance)4
2ndPodium finish2 RetRetired (50–75% race distance)5
3rd3 RetRetired (25–50% race distance)6
5thFinished race (>75% race distance)4 RetRetired (<25% race distance)7
7thFinished race (50–75% race distance)5 DSQDisqualified8
NCNon-classified finish (50–75% race distance)5 Did not participate8
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Formula One Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 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
Ret
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
Ret
1952 Flag of Switzerland 48-star U S flag Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy 0 NC
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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