Hugh Peter Martin Donnelly (born 26 March 1964 in Belfast) is a former Formula One motor racing driver who competed in 1989 and 1990 for Arrows and Lotus. Donnelly entered fifteen Grands Prix (13 starts), finishing a career-best 7th at the 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Donnelly's career, however, was cut short when he suffered horrific injuries in a crash during practice for the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix. Travelling at high speed through the flat out Curva Ferrari corner (turn 12), Donnelly's Lotus 102 went straight on into the barrier at around 140 mph. The impact was so severe that the car disintegrated, leaving parts strewn across the track. Donnelly was catapulted back onto the track, still attached to his seat, where he lay unconscious with clearly serious injuries. Donnelly had suffered multiple fractures to both legs, a broken collarbone, broken cheekbone and a bruised lung. It was only due to the quick response of the medical team that ensured his survival.

After months of rehabilitation, Donnelly returned to racing in the lower leagues, but never returned to top-level racing. He now occasionally races as a guest in a number of minor events, and has since driven a Lotus 102 at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed. He also appeared as FIA driver representative for the stewards' panel at several Grands Prix since 2012.


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
1989 Arrows Grand Prix International Arrows-Ford 0 NC Report
1990 Camel Team Lotus Lotus-Lamborghini 0 NC Report

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 15
Starts 13
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
1989 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
12th
1990 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
DNS Ret 8th Ret Ret 8th 12th Ret Ret 7th 12th Ret Ret DNS INJ INJ


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]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"I would be very surprised if Martin Donnelly makes that rule. He is so cramped in that car, he is about 5 feet, 11. inches tall. Just looking at the car visually, he sits awfully high in the cockpit of the Lotus." - John Bisignano. Talking about Donnelly's cramped position in the cockpit. ESPN. 1990 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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