"Bonnier" redirects here. For Jo Bonnier's team, see Ecurie Bonnier.

Joakim "Jo" Bonnier (BUNN-ear; born 31 January 1930 in Djurgården, Stockholm, Södermanland and Uppland, Sweden – died 11 June 1972 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays de la Loire, France) was a Swedish racing driver who competed in Formula One and sportscars.

Making his début at in 1956 at the Italian Grand Prix with the Maserati team, Bonnier spent most of 1957 and 1958 driving in privately-entered Maseratis, usually under Scuderia Centro Sud and his own racing team. Moving to BRM at the end of 1958, Bonnier scored his first points at the Moroccan Grand Prix before taking what turned out to be his only win (from his only pole) at the 1959 Dutch Grand Prix. Bonnier scored three other points finishes before leaving at the end of 1960.

Bonnier was part of Porsche's F1 attempt in 1961 and 1962, scoring six points over two years (while teammate Dan Gurney scored one win and five podiums), before the manufacturer left the sport. Needing a new team, Bonnier found a drive at the Rob Walker Racing Team, first driving a Cooper in 1963, switching to a Brabham in 1964 and scoring four seventh-place finishes in 1965.

Reforming his old team as the "Anglo-Suisse Racing Team" in 1966, Bonnier drove a Cooper T81 without much success for two years before switching to a McLaren M5A. At the end of 1968, Bonnier chose to focus more on his sportscar efforts, and made only sporadic entries to F1 races over the next three seasons, making his final start at the final race of 1971, the United States Grand Prix.

A once-24 Hours of Le Mans runner up, Bonnier died at the race's 1972 edition. A horrendous accident with Swiss amateur driver Florian Vetsch saw Bonnier's car fly over the armco barriers and into the trees behind them, killing him instantly.

Bonnier was chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association from 1963 to 1971, and was a strong campaigner for safety throughout his career.

Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1956 Italy Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 0 NC Report
1957 Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 0 NC Report
Sweden Jo Bonnier
1958 Italy Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati 3 20th Report
Sweden Jo Bonnier
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti
United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM
1959 United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 10 8th Report
1960 United Kingdom Owen Racing Organisation BRM 4 18th Report
1961 West Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 3 15th Report
West Germany Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax
United Kingdom UDT Laystall Racing Team
1962 West Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 3 15th Report
Italy Scuderia Republica di Venezia
United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax
1963 United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper-Climax 6 11th Report
Lotus-Climax
1964 United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Cooper-Climax 3 15th Report
Brabham-BRM
Brabham-Climax
1965 United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Brabham-Climax 0 NC Report
Lotus-Climax
1966 United Kingdom R.R.C. Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax 1 17th Report
Brabham-BRM
Switzerland Anglo-Suisse Racing Team Cooper-Maserati
Brabham-Climax
1967 Switzerland Joakim Bonnier Racing Team Cooper-Maserati 3 15th Report
1968 Switzerland Joakim Bonnier Racing Team Cooper-Maserati 3 15th Report
McLaren-BRM
Honda
1969 Switzerland Ecurie Bonnier Lotus-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1970 Switzerland Ecurie Bonnier McLaren-Ford Cosworth 0 NC Report
1971 Switzerland Ecurie Bonnier Lola-Chevrolet* 0 NC Report
McLaren-Ford Cosworth
  • Italics denotes an entrant used only in non-championship races.
  • * Classified as a Formula 5000 entry.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 119
Starts 104
Pole Positions 1
Front Row Starts 3
Race Wins 1
Podiums 1
Fastest laps 0
Points 39
Laps Raced 4761
Distance Raced 24517 km (15234 mi)
Races Led 4
Laps Led 139
Distance Led 547 km (340 mi)
Doubles 1

Race Wins[edit | edit source]

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1959 Dutch Grand Prix

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pts Pos
1956 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
Ret
1957 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Abruzzo bandiera.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
7th DNA Ret Ret Ret
1958 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Morocco.svg 3 20th
DNA Ret 10th 9th 8th Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th
1959 Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg US flag 49 stars.svg 10 8th
Ret 1st Ret Ret 5th Ret 8th
1960 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg US flag 49 stars.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg 4 18th
7th 5th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 5th
1961 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 Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg 3 15th
Ret 11th 7th 7th 5th Ret Ret 6th
1962 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.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 South Africa 1928-1994.svg 3 15th
7th 5th WD 10th Ret 7th 6th 13th
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 6 11th
7th 5th 11th NC Ret 6th 7th 8th 5th 6th
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 3 15th
5th 9th Ret Ret Ret 6th 12th Ret Ret
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 7th Ret Ret 7th Ret 7th 7th 8th 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 1 17th
NC Ret NC Ret 7th Ret Ret NC 6th
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 3 16th
Ret Ret Ret 6th[1] 8th Ret 6th 10th
1968 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg 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 Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 3 22nd
Ret DNQ Ret 8th Ret DNA 6th Ret NC 5th
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
Ret Ret
1970 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg 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 Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 0 NC
DNQ Ret
1971 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 Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg 0 NC
Ret DNQ DNS 10th 16th


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[edit | edit source]

  1. Awarded the two points for fifth place instead of the one for sixth as fifth-placed Jackie Oliver was an F2 entry and thus ineligible for points.
V T E Grand Prix Drivers' Association
Chairman
Moss • Bonnier • Stewart • Scheckter • Pironi • Senna • M. Schumacher • Coulthard • R. Schumacher • De la Rosa • Heidfeld • Barrichello • Wurz
Directors
M. Schumacher • Berger • Brundle • D. Hill • Coulthard • Wurz • Trulli • Webber • R. Schumacher • Alonso • De la Rosa • Heidfeld • Massa • Vettel • Barrichello • Button • Grosjean
Affected races
1969 Belgian Grand Prix • 1970 German Grand Prix • 1982 South African Grand Prix • 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
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