Gerhard Karl Mitter (born 30 August 1935 in Krásná Lípa, Czechoslovakia – died 1 August 1969 on the Nürburgring Circuit, Germany) was a German racing driver who most notably drove for Lotus in Formula One.

Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

Pre-Formula One[edit | edit source]

After beginning his racing career in motorbikes, Mitter entered the Formula Junior series. He became the best German Formula Junior driver with 40 victories.

During his Formula One career, he also entered with Porsche into sportscar racing and hillclimbing events.

Formula One[edit | edit source]

After winning the Formula Junior Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring, the Porsche Formula One team invited Mitter to participate in the 1963 German Grand Prix. He placed in 4th position to gain 3 points in the season.

The following year, he was offered a drive with Lotus. He was unsucessful in scoring any points in his 3 years with the team (1964 - 1966).

After leaving Lotus, Mitter entered his Formula Two car in the 1967 German Grand Prix, but was unable to complete any laps as an engine failure forced him out of the race.

After taking a break from Formula One racing, he again entered his Formula Two car into the 1969 German Grand Prix, the race in which he would be killed.

Death[edit | edit source]

While practicing for the 1969 German Grand Prix in his BMW Formula Two car, Mitter's car suffered a suspension or steering failure. Mitter was killed in the accident.

Because a failure was suspected, BMW withdrew their drivers, Hubert Hahne and Dieter Quester from the event. Mitter's Porsche teammate, Hans Herrmann also withdrew from the event.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1963 Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 3 12th Report
1964 Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 0 NC Report
1965 Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 0 NC Report
1966 Ron Harris/Team Lotus Lotus-Cosworth 0 NC Report
1967 Gerhard Mitter Brabham-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1969 BMW BMW 0 NC Report

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 5
Starts 4
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 3
Laps Raced 39
Distance Raced 852.4 km (530 mi)
Races Led 0
Laps Led 0
Distance Led 0 km (0 mi)
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Pos
1963 Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico 1934-1968.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg 3 12th
Ret 4th
1964 Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico 1934-1968.svg 0 NC
9th
1965 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico 1934-1968.svg 0 NC
Ret
1966 Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
DNS
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
Ret
1969 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
DNS


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

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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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