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Bertrand Gachot
Bertrand gachot 1991.jpg
Gachot at the 1991 United States Grand Prix
Nationality Belgium Belgian (1989-1991)
France French (1992, 1994-1995)
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19891992, 19941995
Teams Onyx, Rial, Coloni, Jordan, Larrousse, Pacific
Races 84 (47 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 5
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 1995 Australian Grand Prix

Bertrand Gachot (born 23 December 1962 in Luxembourg) is a French-Belgian former racing driver.

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Career

Gachot is the son of a French European Commission official. He began karting at the age of 15. In 1983 he attended Winfield School, a well-known racing-driving school in France. After this, he focused on his racing career, competing first in the Formula Ford 1600 series. By 1986, he had won the British Formula Ford championship.

In 1987, Gachot joined the British Formula 3 series, finishing second in the championship for the West Surrey Racing team. In 1988, he switched to the Formula 3000 series, but met some success. In 1989, he entered the storied world of Formula One, driving for the newly-formed Onyx team. Although his performances were promising, after making statements in the press which raised the ire of his erratic team boss, Gachot lost his drive before the season's end. Instead, he switched in 1990 to the Subaru-powered Coloni team with little success.

Gachot giving the Jordan team its F1 début at the 1991 United States Grand Prix.
Gachot driving for Pacific at the 1995 British Grand Prix.

In 1991, he joined the Jordan Grand Prix racing team, helping them to fifth in the constructor championship. However, his season was cut short by a two-month prison stint, received for spraying CS gas on a London taxicab driver after a traffic altercation (his race seat was filled temporarily by then-unknown Michael Schumacher, making his Formula One debut). When he was finally released from prison after two months, he had missed four Grands Prix (including his home Grand Prix in Belgium). The Jordan Grand Prix racing team was not interested in returning his seat (which was given to Alessandro Zanardi) for the last two races of the season, in Japan and Australia. Finally, he was able to compete in the last Grand Prix of that season with Larrousse, replacing Éric Bernard, but he failed to qualify. Gachot then spent the complete 1992 season with the Larrousse team, scoring 1 point in the Monaco Grand Prix where he finished in 6th place.

Gachot spent the next several years racing in various formulae. He was involved in the Pacific Racing F1 team behind the scenes, as well as driving for them for most of their two-year existence. The high point of Gachot's career is winning the renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race in 1991 in a Mazda (with co-drivers Johnny Herbert and Volker Weidler). In later years, Gachot has concentrated on his business interests which include marketing "Hype", a high-energy beverage; he still keeps his contacts with Formula One and owns an F1 website.

Gachot competed in a total of 47 grands prix for eight different teams. He never won a race, but he did score five championship points during his F1 career, and recorded the fastest lap of the 1991 Hungarian Grand Prix for Jordan.

Nationality

Born in Luxembourg as the son of a French European Commission official, Gachot raced under more than one one flag during his career. He initially competed with a Belgian FIA Super Licence, despite carrying a French passport.[1] From the 1992 season onwards he changed to a French licence.[2][3][4]

In a 1991 interview, Gachot said that "I am not really one nationality. I feel very much a European, but today I have to accept that a united Europe is not yet a reality. Certainly from a legal point of view."[1] Gachot's helmet design features the circle of yellow stars on a blue background from the flag of Europe.[1]

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1989 Moneytron Onyx Formula One Onyx ORE-1 Ford DFR 3.5 V8 BRA
DNPQ
SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
FRA
13
GBR
12
GER
DNQ
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR ESP NC 0
Rial Racing Rial ARC2 Ford DFR 3.5 V8 JPN
DNQ
AUS
DNQ
1990 Subaru Coloni Racing Coloni C3B Subaru 1235 F12 USA
DNPQ
BRA
DNPQ
SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
NC 0
Coloni Racing Srl Coloni C3C Ford DFR 3.5 V8 GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
POR
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
JPN
DNQ
AUS
DNQ
1991 Team 7UP Jordan Jordan 191 Ford HB4 3.5 V8 USA
10
BRA
13
SMR
Ret
MON
8
CAN
5
MEX
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
6
GER
6
HUN
9
BEL ITA POR ESP JPN 13th 4
Larrousse F1 Lola LC91 Ford DFR 3.5 V8 AUS
DNQ
1992 Central Park Venturi Larrousse Venturi Larrousse LC92 Lamborghini 3512 3.5 V12 RSA
Ret
MEX
11
BRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
6
CAN
DSQ
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
14
HUN
Ret
BEL
18
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
19th 1
1994 Pacific Grand Prix Ltd Pacific PR01 Ilmor 2175A 3.5 V10 BRA
Ret
PAC
DNQ
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
POR
DNQ
EUR
DNQ
JPN
DNQ
AUS
DNQ
NC 0
1995 Pacific Grand Prix Ltd Pacific PR02 Ford EDC 3.0 V8 BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
12
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
EUR
PAC
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
8
NC 0

References

  1. ^ a b c Saward, Joe (1991-10-01). "Interview: Bertrand Gachot". grandprix.com. Inside F1. http://www.grandprix.com/ft/ft00094.html. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  2. ^ Henry, Nick (1992). "F1 Drivers' Statistics". Autocourse 1992-93. Hazleton Publishing. p. 248. ISBN 0-905138-96-1. 
  3. ^ Henry, Nick (1994). "1994 FIA World Championship". Autocourse 1994-95. Hazleton Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 1-874557-95-0. 
  4. ^ Henry, Nick (1995). "1995 FIA World Championship". Autocourse 1995-96. Hazleton Publishing. p. 232. ISBN 1-874557-36-5. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Nielsen
Price Cobb
Martin Brundle
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1991 with:
Volker Weidler
Johnny Herbert
Succeeded by
Derek Warwick
Yannick Dalmas
Mark Blundell
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