Formula One Career[edit | edit source]
Pre-Formula One[edit | edit source]
1979[edit | edit source]
De Angelis made his Formula One debut at the start of the season, after being offered a contract from Shadow. He finished seventh in his first race and went on to complete the season with three points from his fourth place finish in the United States Grand Prix.
1980[edit | edit source]
De Angelis was then offered a position with Lotus for the 1980 season. At the Brazilian Grand Prix he almost became the youngest Grand Prix winner in history, finishing behind René Arnoux for a second place finish.
At the end of the season, he had scored 13 points. This placed him in 7th place for the World Driver's Championship.
1981[edit | edit source]
De Angelis' contract with Lotus was renewed for the 1981 season.
1982[edit | edit source]
This was the last victory that the Lotus team manager, Colin Chapman would witness. He would die later that year of a heart attack at age 54.
1983[edit | edit source]
Following the death of team manager, Colin Chapman, the position of Lotus team manager was filled by Peter Warr. In addition, the team transferred to the Renault turbo-charged engine after the first race.
The season was full of various mechanical issues that forced him to retire to the garage in the majority of the races in the season. He was only able to complete 2 of 15 races that season.
1984[edit | edit source]
The 1984 season was much more successful than de Angelis' prior year.
Because of his consistency throughout the season, he managed to place 3rd in the drivers championship. He was the only driver in the top 5 that was unable to score a win that season.
1985[edit | edit source]
De Angelis claimed the second and last win of his career in the San Marino Grand Prix, after McLaren's Alain Prost was disqualified from the race because his car was underweight. De Angelis also claimed his final pole position in the Canadian Grand Prix.
He finished the season in 5th position, five points behind his teammate. De Angelis chose to leave Lotus at the end of the season because he believed the team's effort was focused on Senna.
1986[edit | edit source]
De Angelis managed to complete the first race of the season, however he had to retire from his other three races that season because of various mechanical failures.
His career would come to a sudden end after his death during a team testing session in mid May.
Death[edit | edit source]
While testing for his team at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, de Angelis suffered a rear wing failure at the Verriere corner of the track. As a result, the car lost downforce and cartwheeled over a track barrier. The car caught fire, and de Angelis was unable to free himself from the wreck.
Rescue efforts were slow due to the low attendance of track marshals that provided emergency assistance, but de Angelis was eventually removed from the car. Thirty minutes after the accident, a helicopter arrived to airlift him to a hospital in Marseille. He arrived at the hospital with a broken collar bone, light burns and and suffering from smoke inhalation. He died 29 hours after arrival of fatal smoke inhalation and oxygen deprivation.
After the death of de Angelis, the FIA president Jean-Marie Balestre announced the end of the turbo powered engine. After pressure from FISA, he also announced the removal of the full Paul Ricard Circuit from the season calendar. It would be replaced with the "Club" version of the circuit, which bypassed the section of the track in which de Angelis was killed.
Helmet Design[edit | edit source]
De Angelis wore a white helmet with a black and red line that came up from the bottom of the helmet, directly behind the visor. The lines then formed a corner and looped around the back of the helmet to the opposite side. His name, Elio de Angelis was written in a cursive font on the black line. John Player was printed directly above the visor.
Throughout his career, a sponsor was printed onto the top of his helmet.
After his death, fellow Formula One driver, Jean Alesi wore a helmet which matched that of de Angelis as a tribute.
Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]
Formula One Record[edit | edit source]
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1979||Interscope Shadow Racing Team||Shadow-Ford Cosworth||3||15th||Report|
|1980||Team Essex Lotus||Lotus-Cosworth||13||7th||Report|
|1981||Team Essex Lotus||Lotus-Cosworth||14||8th||Report|
|John Player Team Lotus|
|1982||John Player Team Lotus||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||23||9th||Report|
|1983||John Player Team Lotus||Lotus-Ford Cosworth||2||17th||Report|
|1984||John Player Team Lotus||Lotus-Renault||34||3rd||Report|
|1985||John Player Special Team Lotus||Lotus-Renault||33||5th||Report|
|1986||Motor Racing Developments||Brabham-BMW||0||NC||Report|
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Front Row Starts||3|
|Distance Raced||22067.6 km (13712 mi)|
|Distance Led||150 km (93 mi)|
Race Wins[edit | edit source]
|Win Number||Grand Prix|
|1||1982 Austrian Grand Prix|
|2||1985 San Marino Grand Prix|
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]
- Race stopped after 31/76 Laps. Half points awarded
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|V T E||F1 drivers killed while racing|
|1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
|1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
|1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
|1974: Helmuth Koinigg|
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
|See also: List of fatal accidents|
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