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Jacques Laffite
Nationality France French
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1974 - 1986
Teams Iso Marlboro, Ligier, Williams
Races 180 (176 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 6
Podiums 32
Career points 228
Pole positions 7
Fastest laps 6
First race 1974 German Grand Prix
First win 1977 Swedish Grand Prix
Last win 1981 Canadian Grand Prix
Last race 1986 British Grand Prix

Jacques-Henri Laffite (born 21 November 1943) is a French former racing driver who competed in Formula One from 1974 to 1986. He achieved six grand prix wins, all while driving for the Ligier team. He is now a TV commentator on French television TF1.

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Career

Born in Paris, Laffite debuted in Formula One in 1974 for Frank Williams' Iso Marlboro team. The following year he raced for the same team, now named Williams, scoring a 2nd place in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

Laffite's 1979 Ligier JS11 being demonstrated at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Laffite demonstrating the Ligier JS19 chassis at the 1982 Grand Prix de Pau.

In 1976 Laffite moved to the French Ligier team, scoring 20 points and a pole position at the Italian Grand Prix. The next two seasons were transitional, although he managed to win his first Grand Prix at Anderstorp in the 1977 Swedish Grand Prix.

The 1979 season opened with Laffite winning the first two races. He fought for the World Championship title until the last races, but eventually placed only 4th, with 36 points. The following two seasons were similar, with two more 4th places in the Championship and a further 3 victories. In 1982, however, Laffite finished only 17th in the final classification, with only 5 points scored.

Results in the next two seasons weren't much better, when he moved back to England, again to race for Williams (11 and 5 points, respectively). Now in his forties, Laffite returned to Ligier in 1985: in that season he was on the podium three times (Great Britain, Germany and Australia), for a total of 16 points. In 1986 he scored 14 points including two more podium finishes in the first half of the season, but he broke both legs in a crash at the start of the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, and therefore retired from Formula One. The race was stopped and restarted without Laffite, who thus ended his career tied with Graham Hill for the most Grand Prix starts. He was the most successful driver in Ligier's history, having taken six of their nine wins.

Laffite recovered from his injuries and later raced in touring cars. He is now a television commentator. In October 2008, at the age of 64, he tested a Renault R27 F1 car at the Paul Ricard circuit.[1]

Jacques Laffite was one of the three people (along with Jacky Ickx and Johnny Servoz-Gavin) believed most likely to be the unidentified driver in director Claude Lelouch's classic 1976 short film C'était un rendez-vous. It has since emerged that the driver was in fact Lelouch himself.

Victories

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Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, 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 Pts.
1974 Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW02 Ford V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER
Ret
AUT
NC
ITA
Ret
CAN
15
USA
Ret
NC 0
1975 Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW02 Ford V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
11
RSA
NC
ESP 12th 6
Williams FW04 Ford V8 MON
DNQ
BEL
Ret
SWE NED
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
GER
2
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
DNS
1976 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS5 Matra V12 BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
4
ESP
12
BEL
3
MON
12
SWE
4
FRA
14
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
2
NED
Ret
ITA
3
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
7
7th 20
1977 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS7 Matra V12 ARG
NC
BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
9
ESP
7
MON
7
BEL
Ret
SWE
1
FRA
8
GBR
6
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
2
ITA
8
USA
7
CAN
Ret
JPN
5
10th 18
1978 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS7 Matra V12 ARG
16
BRA
9
RSA
5
USW
5
BEL
5
8th 19
Ligier JS9 Matra V12 MON
Ret
ESP
3
SWE
7
FRA
7
GBR
10
GER
3
AUT
5
NED
8
ITA
4
USA
11
CAN
Ret
1979 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS11 Ford V8 ARG
1
BRA
1
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
Ret
BEL
2
MON
Ret
FRA
8
GBR
Ret
GER
3
AUT
3
NED
3
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
4th 36
1980 Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS11/15 Ford V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
2
USW
Ret
BEL
11
MON
2
FRA
3
GBR
Ret
GER
1
AUT
4
NED
3
ITA
9
CAN
8
USA
5
4th 34
1981 Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17 Matra V12 USW
Ret
BRA
6
ARG
Ret
RSM
Ret
BEL
2
MON
3
ESP
2
FRA
Ret
GBR
3
GER
3
AUT
1
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
1
CPL
6
4th 44
1982 Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17 Matra V12 RSA
Ret
BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
SMR BEL
9
DET
6
CAN
Ret
17th 5
Ligier JS19 Matra V12 MON
Ret
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
FRA
14
GER
Ret
AUT
3
SUI
Ret
ITA
Ret
CPL
Ret
1983 TAG Williams Williams FW08C Ford V8 BRA
4
USW
4
FRA
6
SMR
7
MON
Ret
BEL
6
DET
5
CAN
Ret
GBR
12
GER
6
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
DNQ
EUR
DNQ
11th 11
Williams FW09 Honda V6T RSA
Ret
1984 Saudia Williams Honda Williams FW09 Honda V6T BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
BEL
Ret
SMR
Ret
FRA
8
MON
8
CAN
Ret
DET
5
DAL
4
14th 5
Williams FW09B Honda V6T GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
POR
14
1985 Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS25 Renault V6T BRA
6
POR
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
6
CAN
8
DET
12
FRA
Ret
GBR
3
GER
3
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
BEL
11
EUR
Ret
RSA AUS
2
9th 16
1986 Equipe Ligier Ligier JS27 Renault V6T BRA
3
ESP
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
6
BEL
5
CAN
7
DET
2
FRA
6
GBR
Ret
GER HUN AUT ITA POR MEX AUS 8th 14

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Patrick Depailler
Monaco Formula Three
Race Winner

1973
Succeeded by
Tom Pryce
Preceded by
Michel Leclère
French Formula Three
Champion

1973
Succeeded by
Alain Prost
(1979)
Preceded by
Patrick Depailler
European Formula Two
Champion

1975
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Records
Preceded by
Graham Hill
179 entries, 176 starts
(1958 - 1975)
Most Grand Prix entries
180 entries, 176 starts
(1974 - 1986),
180th entry at the 1986 British GP
Succeeded by
Riccardo Patrese
257 entries
(256 starts),
181st at the 1989 Mexican GP

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