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Gunnar Nilsson
1976-07-10 Gunnar Nilsson im BMW CSL.jpg
Nilsson in 1976
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1976 - 1977
Teams Lotus
Races 32 (31 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 4
Career points 31
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1976 South African Grand Prix
First win 1977 Belgian Grand Prix
Last race 1977 Japanese Grand Prix

Gunnar Nilsson (20 November 1948 in Helsingborg – 20 October 1978 in London) was a well known and talented Swedish racing driver. He won the 1975 British Formula Three Championship.

Nilsson entered 32 Formula One Grand Prix races, qualifying for all of them. He won once, at the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix. For 1978, he signed for Arrows, but was never well enough to drive the car. He did compete in three International Race of Champions (IROC) races in 1978. He had two sixth place finishes and a fifth place finish.[1]

He died of testicular cancer. After his death, his mother, Elisabeth Nilsson, created the Gunnar Nilsson's Cancer Foundation [1].

Gunnar Nilsson is buried in Pålsjö kyrkogård (cemetery) in Helsingborg, Sweden, close to his parents Arvid and Elisabeth Nilsson.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1976 John Player Team Lotus Lotus 77 Cosworth V8 BRA
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
3
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
5
AUT
3
NED
Ret
ITA
13
CAN
12
USA
Ret
JPN
6
10th 11
1977 John Player Team Lotus Lotus 78 Cosworth V8 ARG
DNS
BRA
5
RSA
12
USW
8
ESP
5
MON
Ret
BEL
1
SWE
19
FRA
4
GBR
3
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
JPN
Ret
8th 20

References

  1. ^ "IROC results". http://racing-reference.info/driver?id=nilssgu01.  

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Henton
British Formula Three Championship
BARC Series Champion

1975
Succeeded by
Rupert Keegan
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