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Bertrand Gachot (GASH-oh; born 23 December 1962 in Luxembourg, Canton of Luxembourg, District of Luxembourg, Luxembourg) is a Luxembourg-born French former racing driver, probably best known for his arrest that lead to the début of seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. He initially drove in Formula One under a Belgian racing licence, but switched to French in 1992.

He made his début at the first race of the 1989 season for Onyx, failing to pre-qualify for the first six races and only finishing twice before being fired after complaining about the amount of testing time. He drove for the Rial team for the final two races, failing to qualify both races. 1990 was even worse. Driving for Coloni, he failed to qualify for all sixteen races, not getting out of pre-qualifying for the first ten.

1991 was a completely different season. Driving for the new Jordan, Gachot was able to show his talent, scoring four points in ten races, setting fastest lap in Hungary and winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Mazda. However, his season was interrupted by a two-month prison sentence for spraying CS gas on a London taxicab driver after a traffic altercation, which allowed Schumacher to make his F1 début. Once released, he joined the Larrousse team, failing to reach the grid in Australia.

Gachot drove the 1992 season with Larrousse, scoring a solitary point but retiring in most of the races. He failed to find a seat in 1993. He returned in 1994 for the Pacific team, only qualifying for five races in his first season and only making two finishes from eleven starts in his next season, 1995. Pacific folded at the end of the year and Gachot's career was over.


Formula One Career[]

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Pts. WDC Pos. Report
1989 United Kingdom Moneytron Onyx Formula One Onyx-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
West Germany Rial Racing Rial-Ford Cosworth
1990 Italy Subaru Coloni Racing Coloni-Subaru 0 NC Report
Italy Coloni Racing Coloni-Ford Cosworth
1991 Ireland Team 7Up Jordan Jordan-Ford Cosworth 4 13th Report
France Larrousse F1 Lola-Ford Cosworth
1992 France Central Park Venturi Larrousse Venturi-Lamborghini 1 19th Report
1993: Did not compete
1994 United Kingdom Pacific Grand Prix Ltd. Pacific-Ilmor 0 NC Report
1995 United Kingdom Pacific Team Lotus Pacific-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report

Career Statistics[]

Entries 84
Starts 47
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 1
Points 5
Laps Raced 1793
Distance Raced 8146 km (5062 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0.000 km (0 mi)

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1989 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 13th 12th DNQ Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ
1990 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
1991 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 4 13th
10th 13th Ret 8th 5th Ret Ret 6th 6th 9th DNQ
[1]
1992 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 1 19th
Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret 6th DSQ Ret Ret 14th Ret 18th Ret Ret Ret Ret
1993 Did not compete
1994 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
1995 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12th Ret Ret 8th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

Notes[]

  1. Race stopped after 14/81 Laps. Half points awarded
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