Didier Pironi

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Didier Joseph Louis Pironi (born 26th March, 1952 in Villecresnes, Val-de-Marne, France) is a French former Grand Prix driver famous for his appearances in Formula One.

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Formula One

1977-1978: Tyrrell

Pironi made his Formula One debut in 1977 with the Tyrrell team, driving alongside Boro refugee Héctor Rebaque. Despite Tyrrell being unable to score any points in the previous year, Pironi was able to grab an unexpected point in the season-opening Argentine Grand Prix. For much of the rest of the season, Pironi would be plagued with reliability issues. However, fortunes turned around at the end of the season, when Pironi improved his career-best finish with a fourth place at the United States Grand Prix.

Pironi would sign a new contract for 1978 which would keep him at the team for another year, alongside Robert Kagan. Pironi's season began in good fashion, taking fifth and fourth in opening two races. After a 6-race pointless streak, the Frenchman then took fifth at the British Grand Prix and scored his first career podium (and Tyrrell's first podium in three years) at his home Grand Prix as he led a Tyrrell 3-4 finish with Kagan close behind.

Results

Complete Formula 1 Results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WDC
1977 Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
6
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
Ret
BEL
18†
MON
Ret
FRA
6
TUS
Ret
SOV
Ret
GBR
7
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
7
CAN
11
USA
4
JPN
Ret
5 14th
1978 Penthouse Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 010 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
5
RSA
4
USW
7
ESP
13
BEL
Ret
MON
10
SUI
Ret
TUS
7
GBR
5
FRA
3
NED
Ret
GER
7
AUT
Ret
ITA
8
CAN
6
USA
8
12 9th
1979 Équipe Renault Elf Renault RS10 Renault-Gordini EF1 1.5 V6t ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
13†
ESP
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
EUR
Ret
SMR
11
FRA
9
GBR
9†
GER
4
AUT
Ret
NED
C
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
3
7 12th