Chris Bristow (born December 2 1937 in Lambeth, London, UK - died June 19 in Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium) was a Formula One racing driver. He was killed during the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix, only minutes within the death of Alan Stacey.
Career[edit | edit source]
Before Formula One[edit | edit source]
Early in his career, he earned the nickname "the wild man of British club racing". He had spun or been in a collision nearly every race that he had participated in.
1959[edit | edit source]
Bristow's Formula One career began after he was invited to racing in the 1959 British Grand Prix as a third driver for the British Racing Partnership. He managed to place his Cooper Formula Two car in 10th, but was not invited back for the rest of the 1959 season.
1960[edit | edit source]
He was unable to complete any of the three races that season due to a gearbox failure in Monaco, engine failure in the Netherlands and a fatal accident in Belgium.
Death[edit | edit source]
Bristow was killed during the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix on lap 25. Alan Stacey left the track on the Burnenville corner after being hit in the face with a bird, taking Bristow off of the track. Bristow's car went into a roll after striking an embankment. The car was sent into the barbed-wire fencing, decapitating him.
Stacey also died on the track, only minutes within Bristow.
Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]
Formula One Record[edit | edit source]
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1959||British Racing Partnership||Cooper||0||NC||Report|
|1960||Yeoman Credit Racing Team||Cooper-Climax||0||NC||Report|
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Front Row Starts||0|
|Distance Raced||697 km (433 mi)|
|Distance Led||0 km (0 mi)|
Career Results[edit | edit source]
|Complete Formula One results|
|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[edit | edit source]