Jochen Mass

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Jochen Richard Mass (born 30 September 1946 in Dorfen, Bavaria, Germany) is German former racing driver most notable for his appearances in Formula One. Outside of racing, his work received the "Best In Show" award at the 1990 International Ceramics Festival.

Jochen Mass, pictured as a Mercedes-Benz driver in 1989.

Formula One

1976

Jochen Mass raced for Marlboro Team McLaren in 1976 at the wheel of their venerable McLaren M23 alongside Argentinian Carlos Reutemann.

Mass took three third places over the course of the season - taking podiums at the season opening Argentine Grand Prix, the Spanish Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix.

Mass was reportedly relieved of his driving duties on the evening after qualifying for the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, but opted to keep him for the race the following day. He retired from the Grand Prix with a blown engine.

Jochen Mass was replaced by American Tom Sneva at the following German Grand Prix after being deemed to have underperformed in relation to Carlos Reutemann, despite scoring 3 podiums. Mass failed to make another appearance in 1976.

Touring Car racing

1977

After being fired by McLaren, Mass joined an amateur pottery club in his native Dorfen, Bavaria. He showed aptitude, crafting an accurate model of Tom Sneva's McLaren, which witness say was destroyed in a rare bout of anger. After missing out on a drive for the 1977 Formula One season, he signed with Luigi Racing's BMW squad in the European Touring Car Championship. He continued to work clay in his spare time.

1988

In 1988, Mercedes-Benz entered the newly-formed World Touring Car Masters with a four-car team consisting of Jerry Mahony, Luis Perez-Sala, Roland Asch and Armin Hahne.

Over the course of the season, Mahony's performances disappointed the Mercedes-Benz hierarchy which saw him being dismissed ahead of the fourth round at the Norisring, being replaced by F3000 frontrunner Bernd Schneider. As Schneider was running a full season in F3000, his WTCM outings were limited - meaning Jochen Mass would take over the #51 190E at three rounds.

Mass's first outing was at the Birmingham Street Circuit, where he took a second in class in the endurance race and leading home a Mercedes one-two-three in the sprint. His other appearances would be at Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring.

Mass also raced in the 1988 Tooheys 1000, sharing the Mercedes-Benz 190E with Armin Hahne. They finished as the top Mercedes-Benz in 13th overall and 4th in Class C.

1989

Following Roland Asch and Luis Perez-Sala's departure from the works Mercedes-Benz squad, Mass was given a full-time works drive in the series for 1989. Mass was joined by Armin Hahne, 1988 Class C runner-up Mauro Baldi and 1988 WTCM Drivers Champion Tim Harvey. Mass wasn't quite as strong as he was the year before and only managed two wins.

1990

Mass moved on from Mercedes in 1990, accepting a lucrative offer from their Swedish rivals Volvo. Mass was joined by two Swedes in Ulf Granberg and Anders Olofsson as well as Australian John Bowe.

Complete Career Results

Complete Formula 1 Results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WDC
1976 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
3
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
3
BEL
3
MON
4
SOV
4
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN 18 8th

Complete World Touring Car Masters Results

Year Team Car Class WDC Pts Class Pts
1988 Mercedes-Benz AMG Team Mercedes-Benz 190E C Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png 34th 11 13th 85
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
BIR
12
BIR
13
SPA
Ret
SPA
26
NUR
15
1989 Mercedes-Benz AMG Team Mercedes-Benz 190E C Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png 35th 32 8th 212
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
14
FUJ
20
WAT
13
WAT
24
KYA
16
KYA
20
PAU
16
PAU
12
BRN
DNQ
BRN
DNQ
MNZ
18
KYA
27
CHA
DNQ
CHA
DNQ
BIR
DNQ
BIR
DNQ
SPA
Ret
SPA
19
NUR
6
NUR
24
BAT
Ret
1990 Volvo Dealer Team Volvo 240 Turbo B Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png 44th 13 10th 133
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
16
FUJ
19
GLN
Ret
GLN
24
LAG
Ret
LAG
25
BRH
Ret
BRH
Ret
PAU
15
PAU
21
BRN
16
BRN
28†
MNZ
19
MNZ
16
CHA
16
CHA
23
BIR
DNQ
BIR
DNQ
SPA
Ret
SPA
26
NUR
Ret
NUR
27
BAT
DNQ