Hall of Fame


RONNIE PETERSON

Ronnie Peterson was Swedish karting champion five times before he switched to Formula Three in 1966. Within two years he was national champion and in 1969 he won seven major international races, including the Monaco F3 event.

In 1970 he made his F1 debut as a private entrant but showed enough form to be taken on as a team driver by March. In 1971 he enjoyed a remarkable year , taking four second places. He switched to John Player Lotus in 1973 where he secured his maiden grand prix win in France and went on to add three more before the year was out.

He scored three more wins in 1974, but by 1975 he rejoined March. He won his third Italian Grand Prix in four years. He came back to Lotus in 1978. He won in South Africa and Austria and finished in second position for the championship. His excellent form resulted in him being offered the No. 1 seat at McLaren in 1979. But at Monza, the third-last grand prix, a chaotic start resulted in a huge crash. Peterson get his legs broken. he was operated on that evening but died the following morning.

 


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  • Name : Bengt Ronnie Peterson
  • Birthplace : Örebro, Sweden
  • Nationality : Swedish
  • Teams : March, Tyrrell, Lotus
  • Website : www.ronniepeterson.se
  • F1 Records : 14 pole positions, 26 podiums, 10 wins