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Patrick Depailler was a Formula One driver from France. He participated in 95 grands prix, debuting on July 2, 1972. Talented and charismatic, Depailler never quite drove the kind of machinery his talent deserved, joining a Tyrrell team that was beginning a long, slow decline, eventually moving to the erratic Ligier team before finally ending up with the revivied Alfa Romeo squad in 1980. It was for this final team, which Depailler was helping to advance up the grid, for which he was driving at a private test session at Hockenheim on August 1st, 1980, when a suspension failure pitched his car into the armco at the high-speed Ostkurve, inflicting fatal head injuries when the vehicle overturned and vaulted the barrier.
He won 2 races, secured 1 pole positions, achieved 19 podiums, and scored a total of 141 championship points.
Complete Formula One results
(Note: grands prix in bold denote race victories.)
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