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Riccardo Patrese
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Nationality Italy Italian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1977 - 1993
Teams Shadow, Arrows, Brabham, Alfa Romeo, Williams, Benetton
Races 257 (256 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 6
Podiums 37
Career points 281
Pole positions 8
Fastest laps 13
First race 1977 Monaco Grand Prix
First win 1982 Monaco Grand Prix
Last win 1992 Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 1993 Australian Grand Prix

Riccardo Gabriele Patrese[1] (born 17 April 1954) is an Italian former racing driver, who raced in Formula One from 1977 to 1993. He became the first Formula One driver to achieve 200 Grand Prix starts when he appeared at the 1990 British Grand Prix, and the first to achieve 250 starts at the 1993 German Grand Prix. Patrese entered 257 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix and started 256 races making him the second most experienced F1 driver in history, after Rubens Barrichello. He was runner up in the 1992 Formula One season and third in 1989 and 1991. He won six Formula One races, with a record gap of over six years between two of these - the 1983 South African Grand Prix and 1990 San Marino Grand Prix

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Formula One career

Shadow and Arrows

Patrese was born in Padua, Veneto. He made his debut in 1977 with the Shadow racing team at the Monaco Grand Prix when the team were forced to change drivers due to Renzo Zorzi having financial problems. Later that year team-leader Jackie Oliver left Shadow to form the Arrows team, taking Patrese with him. Shadow took Arrows to court, arguing that the design of the Arrows car was so similar to their own that Arrows had stolen it. The court agreed, forcing Arrows to redesign their car, which they did in just six weeks.

Patrese driving a Shadow in 1977.

In 1978 Patrese very nearly won Arrows' second race, the South African Grand Prix, until engine failure forced him to retire 15 laps from the end. Later that year, Patrese was involved in a pile-up when he came together with James Hunt and other drivers' cars at the start of the Italian Grand Prix. One of the other drivers involved was Ronnie Peterson, who, although his injuries were not in themselves life-threatening, died from an embolism the following day. After the crash, Hunt (along with other drivers) blamed Patrese for starting the accident, and viewers of Hunt's commentaries of Formula 1 races from 1980-1993 on BBC Television were regularly treated to bitter diatribes against Patrese when the Italian appeared on screen. Hunt believed that it was Patrese's muscling past that caused the McLaren and Lotus to touch, but Patrese argues that he was already well ahead of the pair before the accident took place. Patrese, together with an official, stood trial in 1981 for Peterson's death but both were declared not guilty and speculations towards Hunt's involvement in Peterson's death arose instead.

Brabham

In 1982 Patrese moved to Brabham and gained a lucky win at that year's Monaco Grand Prix when there were five leaders including Andrea de Cesaris and then Didier Pironi who both ran out of fuel whilst leading the final lap. A second win followed in 1983 at the South African Grand Prix. He also crashed out late in the race while leading at San Marino, but in a season which saw his team-mate Nelson Piquet claim his second Drivers' Championship title, Patrese finished a distant ninth. It would be seven years before he made another visit to the top step of the podium.

Alfa Romeo

Patrese driving for Alfa Romeo in 1985.

A move to Alfa Romeo in 1984 delivered two lacklustre seasons resulting in eight world championship points and a single visit to the podium at his home Grand Prix.

Return to Brabham

In 1986 Patrese returned to Brabham, but by now the team was a spent force and would never again take a driver to victory in a grand prix. Two more winless seasons followed despite the team's BMW engine being considered at the time to be the most powerful on the grid. Despite the trials of uncompetitive machinery, Patrese never publicly criticised the team and earned respect throughout the sport for his professionalism.

Williams

Patrese driving for Williams at the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix.

Toward the end of the 1987 season, Patrese was given the chance to revitalise what seemed to be a declining career when the Williams driver Nigel Mansell was injured whilst qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. With the help of Brabham owner Bernie Ecclestone, Patrese was drafted in to replace Mansell for the season's finale in Australia.

Patrese impressed the Williams management sufficiently to be signed by them as Nelson Piquet's replacement for the 1988 season. However, 1988 saw Williams struggling with an uncompetitive car powered by non-turbocharged Judd engines and it was not until the following year and the arrival of Renault engines that Patrese and his team-mate Thierry Boutsen were able to challenge for race points. Patrese achieved an impressive 3rd place in the 1989 drivers championship, despite taking no wins. Patrese finally won his third Grand Prix at the 1990 San Marino Grand Prix and finished that year's Drivers' Championship in seventh place.

Patrese driving for Williams at the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix.

In 1991 Nigel Mansell returned to Williams and, together with Patrese, the team became genuine contenders for both the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships. Two wins in Mexico and Portugal gave Patrese his most competitive F1 season thus far and a respectable third place behind Championship contenders Mansell and Ayrton Senna.

Williams dominated F1 in 1992 and Patrese continued to deliver in his role of second driver to Nigel Mansell, moving out of the way for Mansell while leading comfortably at that year's French Grand Prix. Patrese took a single win at the Japanese Grand Prix and had eight other podium finishes, including six second-place results.

With Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell all desperately trying to sign for Williams, Patrese's position looked to be under threat and he signed for Benetton before the end of the year.

Ironically, only Prost was able to agree terms with Williams for 1993, leaving a seat free for Patrese had he remained with the team.

Benetton

While Williams continued to dominate F1 in 1993, Patrese found it difficult to live with his prodigiously talented new team-mate Michael Schumacher and before the end of the season Benetton informed Patrese that he was "free to seek an alternate drive".

Retirement

As most teams already had drivers signed for 1994, Patrese opted for retirement and brought the longest F1 career in history to a conclusion.

In 2002, as thanks for his years of service to Williams, Patrese was invited to test the team's latest F1 car.

In 2005 he returned to racing in the inaugural season of the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired F1 drivers. He finished third behind his former team-mate Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi in the sole 2005 race at Kyalami, South Africa. His 2006 season was less successful with a 10th place finish at Losail in Qatar and a 6th at Silverstone.

Patrese's record of 257 Grand Prix entries stood for 15 years, surviving the Schumacher era when Michael Schumacher retired on 250 race entries. Rubens Barrichello finally overhauled Patrese's total, recording his 258th Grand Prix entry at the 2008 Turkish Grand Prix. As part of the "handover", Patrese tested a Honda RA107 at Jerez on 9 September (Barrichello was driving for Honda at the time).[2][3]

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position / Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1977 Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN8 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
MON
9
BEL
Ret
SWE
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
10
AUT
NED
13
ITA
Ret
USA
CAN
10
JPN
6
20th 1
1978 Arrows Racing Team Arrows FA1 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
10
RSA
Ret
USW
6
MON
6
BEL
Ret
ESP
Ret
SWE
2
FRA
8
GBR
Ret
GER
9
12th 11
Arrows A1 AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
CAN
4
1979 Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows A1 Cosworth V8 ARG
DNS
BRA
9
RSA
11
USW
Ret
ESP
10
BEL
5
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
20th 2
Arrows A2 FRA
14
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
13
USA
Ret
1980 Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows A3 Cosworth V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
6
RSA
Ret
USW
2
BEL
Ret
MON
8
FRA
9
GBR
9
GER
9
AUT
14
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
9th 7
1981 Warsteiner Arrows Racing Team Arrows A3 Cosworth V8 USW
Ret
BRA
3
ARG
7
SMR
2
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
FRA
14
GBR
10
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
CPL
11
11th 10
1982 Parmalat Racing Team Brabham BT50 BMW Straight-4 RSA
Ret
BEL
Ret
NED
15
GBR
Ret
FRA
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
SUI
5
ITA
Ret
CPL
Ret
10th 21
Brabham BT49D Cosworth V8 BRA
Ret
MON
1
DET
Ret
CAN
2
Brabham BT49C USW
3
SMR
1983 Fila Sport Brabham BT52 BMW Straight-4 BRA
Ret
USW
10
FRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
BEL
Ret
DET
Ret
CAN
Ret
9th 13
Brabham BT52B GBR
Ret
GER
3
AUT
Ret
NED
9
ITA
Ret
EUR
7
RSA
1
1984 Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 184T Alfa Romeo V8 BRA
Ret
RSA
4
BEL
Ret
SMR
Ret
FRA
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
DAL
Ret
GBR
12
GER
Ret
AUT
10
NED
Ret
ITA
3
EUR
6
POR
8
13th 8
1985 Benetton Team Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 185T Alfa Romeo V8 BRA
Ret
POR
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
10
DET
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
9
NC 0
Alfa Romeo 184T GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
BEL
Ret
EUR
9
RSA
Ret
EUR
Ret
1986 Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT55 BMW Straight-4 BRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
SMR
6
MON
Ret
BEL
8
CAN
Ret
DET
6
FRA
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
MEX
13
AUS
Ret
17th 2
Brabham BT54 GBR
Ret
1987 Motor Racing Developments Ltd. Brabham BT56 BMW Straight-4 BRA
Ret
SMR
9
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
DET
9
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
5
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
13
MEX
3
JPN
11
13th 6
Canon Williams Team Williams FW11B Honda V6 AUS
9
1988 Canon Williams Team Williams FW12 Judd V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
13
MON
6
MEX
Ret
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
8
GER
Ret
HUN
6
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
POR
Ret
ESP
5
JPN
6
AUS
4
11th 8
1989 Canon Williams Team Williams FW12C Renault V10 BRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
15
MEX
2
USA
2
CAN
2
FRA
3
GBR
Ret
GER
4
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
4
ESP
5
3rd 40
Williams FW13 POR
Ret
JPN
2
AUS
3
1990 Canon Williams Renault Williams FW13B Renault V10 USA
9
BRA
13
SMR
1
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
MEX
9
FRA
6
GBR
Ret
GER
5
HUN
4
BEL
Ret
ITA
5
POR
7
ESP
5
JPN
4
AUS
6
7th 23
1991 Canon Williams Team Williams FW14 Renault V10 USA
Ret
BRA
2
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
3
MEX
1
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
GER
2
HUN
3
BEL
5
ITA
Ret
POR
1
ESP
3
JPN
3
AUS
5
3rd 53
1992 Canon Williams Team Williams FW14B Renault V10 RSA
2
MEX
2
BRA
2
ESP
Ret
SMR
2
MON
3
CAN
Ret
FRA
2
GBR
2
GER
8
HUN
Ret
BEL
3
ITA
5
POR
Ret
JPN
1
AUS
Ret
2nd 56
1993 Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B192B Ford V8 RSA
Ret
BRA
Ret
5th 20
Benetton B193 EUR
5
FRA
10
GBR
3
GER
5
HUN
2
BEL
6
ITA
5
POR
16
JPN
Ret
AUS
8
Benetton B193B SMR
Ret
ESP
4
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret

References

  1. ^ FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1979. Patrick Stephens Ltd.. white p. 39. ISBN 0850593204.  
  2. ^ "Patrese to test for Honda F1". grandprix.com. 2008-09-08. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns20745.html. Retrieved 2008-09-09.  
  3. ^ "Patrese's F1 dream comes true". autosport.com. 2008-09-10. http://www.autosport.com/news/grapevine.php/id/70450. Retrieved 2008-09-10.  

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Larry Perkins
European Formula Three
Champion

1976
Succeeded by
Piercarlo Ghinzani
Preceded by
Luciano Pavesi
Italian Formula Three
Champion

1976
Succeeded by
Elio de Angelis
Preceded by
Vern Schuppan
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

1977, 1978
Succeeded by
Geoff Lees
Records
Preceded by
Jacques Laffite
180 entries, 176 starts
(1974 - 1986)


Graham Hill
179 entries, 176 starts
(1958 - 1975)

Most Grand Prix entries
257 entries, 256 starts
(1977 - 1993),
181st entry at the 1989 Mexican GP
177th start at the 1989 Brazilian GP
Succeeded by
Rubens Barrichello
(1993 - present)
258th at the 2008 Turkish GP







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