Freddy Kottulinsky

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Winfried Philippe Adalbert Karl Graf Kottulinsky Freiherr von Kottulin, better known as Freddy Kottulinsky (born 20th July, 1932 in München, Germany, died 4th May, 2010 in Karlstad, Sweden) was a German-Swedish racing driver best known for his time in Formula One. The winner of the Paris-Dakar rally, he never achieved the same level of success in Formula One, and was known as one of the first pay drivers.

Formula One

1977: Boro

Kottulinsky made his F1 debut with the Dutch Boro outfit alongside Italian veteran Vittorio Brambilla. Kottulinsky frequently failed to qualify and only finish on three occasions, his best being a thirteenth place finish in Germany. Kottulinsky was replaced by Kazuyoshi Hoshino for the season-ending Japanese Grand Prix.

1978: Shadow

Boro elected not to offer Kottulinsky a contract for 1978. With limited options available, 1978 saw Kottulinsky make the switch to the Shadow team. However, by this point the money at Shadow had run out, the team entering races with what was now a 2-year-old design and unrefurbished Cosworth blocks. Of the three races Shadow planned to enter, Kottulinsky and team-mate Silvio Bachot failed to pre-qualify for two of them, with the team folding before the third. Kottulinsky would not find a replacement Formula One drive in 1978.

1979: B&S Fabrications & Merzario

A career lifeline came in the form of the rejuvenated B&S Fabrications team. Despite team owner Bob Sparshott declaring Kottulinsky a major part of the team's plans, Kottulinsky failed to qualify for any of the races he entered. Whilst not employed at B&S, Kottulinsky attempted to qualify for the European Grand Prix for Merzario, but failed to qualify.

Later life

Kottulinsky continued to race into his 70s, frequently in historic races before his death in 2010.

His daughter Susanne had a near twenty year career in the European Rally Championship, driving for the likes of Audi, Volvo and Opel. His two grandchildren, Fredrik Åhlin and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky are also racing drivers - with Fredrik being a frequent competitor in the British and World Rally Championship and Mikaela forging a career in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship.

Complete Formula 1 Results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WDC
1977 Beta Utensili HB Bewaking Alarmsystemen Boro 002 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
DNQ
ESP
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
MON
DNQ
FRA
DNQ
TUS
17
SOV
DNQ
GBR
DNQ
NED
DNQ
GER
13
AUT
DNQ
ITA
15
CAN
DNQ
USA
DNQ
JPN 0
1978 Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG RSA USW ESP
DNPQ
BEL MON
DNPQ
FRA TUS GBR SUI NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA -
1979 B&S Fabrications Spartec G71A Ford-Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA USW ESP
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
SMR FRA GBR
DNPQ
GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 0
Team Merzario Merzario A1 Ford-Cosword DFV 3.0 V8 EUR
DNPQ