Monday 29 March 2010

Ronnie Peterson - The Quiet Storm

Swedish Formula 1 driver Ronnie Peterson was one of the few in Formula 1 who was liked and appreciated by all those who met him.

'Four into Four' - Ronnie Peterson in a March 761, James Hunt in a McLaren M23, Patrick Depallier in a Tyrrell P34 and Mario Andretti in a Lotus 77 roar down into Turn Four at Mosport 1976.
Photo © Allan de la Plante
Available as a limited edition -

Born in 1944, he was quiet, shy and an all-round nice guy. But once in a race car, he drove flat-out, pushing his cars often past their limit.

Peterson in a Lotus 72, 1974 Italian Grand Prix
Watercolour pencils and marker of archival stock, 12"x 6"
© Paul Chenard 2009
This original illustration is available, as are limited editions.

He started successfully in karts, rose through F3, and F2, and quickly caught the notice of the Formula 1 teams.

He started with March, moved to Lotus, March again, then Tyrrell, then finally back to Lotus. He had a total of 10 Grand Prix wins in eight years, but his life came to an abrupt and sad end in a crash while driving a Lotus 78 in the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.

Nose-piece from Ronnie Peterson's crashed Lotus 78 from the 1978 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Sourse: Anonymous

The impact of the death of this much-loved driver can be seen even today, with countless of tributes set up on websites worldwide.

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