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Gunnar Nilsson (November 20, 1948 - October 20, 1978) was a Swedish Formula One driver who competed between 1976 and 1977 before being diagnosed with testicular cancer which soon became terminal.

His best achievement was winning the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix. Nilsson spent his whole career at Lotus after the cancer affected his driving so cut short a possible Arrows seat.

In the last months of his life Nilsson created the Gunnar Nilsson Cancer Foundation named after himself to spread cancer awareness in Sweden. He died just one month short of his 30th birthday, on October 20, 1978.

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1976 John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Cosworth 11 10th Report
1977 John Player Team Lotus Lotus-Cosworth 20 8th Report

Career Statistics[]

Entries 32
Starts 31
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 1
Podiums 4
Fastest laps 1
Points 31
Laps Raced 1316
Distance Raced 6023.7 km (3743 mi)
Races Led 1
Laps Led 21
Distance Led 90 km (56 mi)
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Race Wins[]

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1977 Belgian Grand Prix

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
1976 Flag of Brazil (1968–1992).svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 11 10th
Ret Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th 3rd Ret 13th 12th Ret 6th
1977 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Brazil (1968–1992).svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Spain 1977 1981.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Sweden.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Japan.svg 20 8th
DNS 5th 12th 8th 5th Ret 1st 19th 4th 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret


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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