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Derek Warwick
Nationality United Kingdom British
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1981-1990, 1993
Teams Toleman, Renault, Brabham, Arrows, Lotus, Footwork
Races 162 (147 starts)[1]
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 4
Career points 71
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 2
First race 1981 San Marino Grand Prix
British Formula One Series career
Active years 1979
Races 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podium finishes 1
Career points 6
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0

Derek Stanley Arthur Warwick (born 27 August 1954) is a British former racing driver from England. He raced for many years in Formula One, but never won a Grand Prix. During the early 1980s he was thought more likely to achieve World Championship success than his contemporary Nigel Mansell, but a series of wrong career choices held him back. In 2005 and 2006 he raced in the inaugural season of the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired Formula One drivers.

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Early life and career

Warwick was born in Alresford, Hampshire, England.[2] He began his career racing British Stock Cars under the Spedeworth organisation at tracks such as his local Aldershot Stadium. He won the Superstox English Championship in 1971 (at the age of 16) and the World Championship at Wimbledon Stadium in 1973.[3] His younger brother Paul also raced with some success in Superstox before progressing to Formula 3000, in which he was racing when killed in an accident in 1991.

He later won the 1978 British Formula Three Championship.

Formula One (1981 - 1993)

Warwick qualified third for Renault at the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix, but spun off after 10 laps.

Warwick began his Formula One career with the fledgling F1 team Toleman for the 1981 season. He managed to qualify for only one race, the season finale at Las Vegas.[2] Warwick had a mainly dismal 1983 season in the Toleman car, but bounced back, scoring points in the final four rounds of the championship.[1]

Warwick joined Renault in 1984 after Alain Prost left them at the end of 1983, Warwick, expecting to have a race-winning car, led the Brazilian Grand Prix, his first drive for them, only to retire thanks to a suspension failure. He went on to finish in second place in both the Belgian and British Grands Prix in 1984 and finished 7th in the championship.[4] The turning point in Warwick's career was his decision to stay at Renault for 1985 and reject an offer to drive for Williams, the seat was instead offered to Nigel Mansell who, accepting the position, went on to win two races at the end of the season. 1985 was a poor year for Renault and the team withdrew from Formula One at the end of the year. Renault's withdrawal, and Ayrton Senna's refusal to let Warwick join him as team mate at Lotus, left Derek without a team for start of the 1986 season. Following the death of Elio de Angelis in a testing accident in May, Derek was invited to take his place at Brabham. Derek subsequently drove mainly uncompetitive cars for, Arrows (1987-1989), Team Lotus (1990) and Footwork (1993) with little success. He scored 71 Grand Prix points.[2]

Some consider Warwick to be the best Formula One driver not to win a single race.[1]

Sports and Touring cars

Warwick driving for Vauxhall in the 1998 British Touring Car Championship.

Warwick also raced successfully in sports car racing, winning the World Sportscar Championship in 1992, and was also part of the Peugeot team which was victorious at the 24 hours of Le Mans race that year. He drove sports cars for Jaguar in 1986 and 1991.

He raced in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) after retiring from Formula One, driving for the Alfa Romeo works team in 1995. Despite the team dominating the previous year, the car was underdeveloped this time round, leading to a poor season. In the first race of the season he memorably crashed into a TV camera, an incident featured in the highlights screened by the BBC a week later, with commentator Murray Walker quipping that Warwick owed them £6,000 for the damage ("that'll be six grand please, Derek!"). After a year out of racing, he co-founded the 888 Racing team that took over the running of the works Vauxhall 1997 BTCC entry, as well as owning three car dealerships in Southampton and Jersey. Originally set to be team principal, it was decided he would drive one of the cars alongside established Vauxhall driver John Cleland, winning a wet race at Knockhill in 1998. He retired from racing at the end of the year, but continued his involvement in the team for another 3 years.

Warwick now writes his F1 blog on the Sports social network champions365.com and operates a Honda franchise in Jersey.[5]


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 WDC Points
1981 Candy Toleman
Motorsport
Toleman TG181 Hart USW
BRA
ARG
SMR
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
MON
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
AUT
DNQ
NED
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
CPL
Ret
NC 0
1982 Candy Toleman
Motorsport
Toleman TG181C Hart RSA
Ret
BRA
DNQ
USW
DNPQ
SMR
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
DNQ
DET
CAN
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
FRA
15
GER
10
AUT
Ret
SUI
Ret
NC 0
Toleman TG183 Hart ITA
Ret
CPL
Ret
1983 Candy Toleman
Motorsport
Toleman TG183B Hart BRA
8
USW
Ret
FRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
BEL
7
DET
Ret
CAN
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
4
ITA
6
EUR
5
RSA
4
14th 9
1984 Equipe
Renault
Elf
Renault RE50 Renault BRA
Ret
RSA
3
BEL
2
SMR
4
FRA
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
DAL
Ret
GBR
2
GER
3
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
EUR
11
POR
Ret
7th 23
1985 Equipe
Renault
Elf
Renault RE60 Renault BRA
10
POR
7
SMR
10
MON
5
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
FRA
7
14th 5
Renault RE60B Renault GBR
5
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
BEL
6
EUR
Ret
RSA
AUS
Ret
1986 Motor Racing
Developments
Brabham BT55 BMW BRA
ESP
SMR
MON
BEL
CAN
Ret
DET
10
FRA
9
GBR
8
GER
7
HUN
Ret
AUT
DNS
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
MEX
Ret
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1987 USF&G Arrows
Megatron
Arrows A10 Megatron BRA
Ret
SMR
11
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
DET
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
5
GER
Ret
HUN
6
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
13
ESP
10
MEX
Ret
JPN
10
AUS
Ret
16th 3
1988 USF&G Arrows
Megatron
Arrows A10B Megatron BRA
4
SMR
9
MON
4
MEX
5
CAN
7
DET
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
6
GER
7
HUN
Ret
BEL
5
ITA
4
POR
4
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
8th 17
1989 USF&G Arrows Arrows A11 Ford BRA
5
SMR
5
MON
Ret
MEX
Ret
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
GBR
9
GER
6
HUN
10
BEL
6
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
9
JPN
6
AUS
Ret
10th 7
1990 Camel
Team Lotus
Lotus 102 Lamborghini USA
Ret
BRA
Ret
SMR
7
MON
Ret
CAN
6
MEX
10
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
5
BEL
11
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
14th 3
1993 Footwork
Mugen-Honda
Footwork FA13B Mugen-Honda RSA
7
BRA
9
16th 4
Footwork FA14 Mugen-Honda EUR
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
13
MON
Ret
CAN
16
FRA
13
GBR
6
GER
17
HUN
4
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
15
JPN
14
AUS
10

References

External links

Derek Warwick's F1 Blog on Champions365.com

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Stephen South
British Formula Three Championship
BRDC Series Champion

1978
Succeeded by
Chico Serra
(Combined championship)
Preceded by
Teo Fabi
World Sportscar Champion
1992 with:
Yannick Dalmas
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
Volker Weidler
Johnny Herbert
Bertrand Gachot
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1992 with:
Yannick Dalmas
Mark Blundell
Succeeded by
Geoff Brabham
Christophe Bouchut
Eric Hélary
Awards
Preceded by
John Watson
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy
1984
Succeeded by
Nigel Mansell
Preceded by
Nigel Mansell
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy
1988
Succeeded by
Nigel Mansell
Preceded by
Nigel Mansell
Autosport
British Competition Driver of the Year

1992
Succeeded by
Damon Hill
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