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Jacques Laffite

Jacques Laffite
Jacques Laffite 2015.jpg
Laffite in 2015
Born (1943-11-21) 21 November 1943 (age 77)
Paris, France
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
Active years1974-1986
TeamsIso-Marlboro, Ligier, Williams
Entries180 (176 starts)
Championships0
Wins6
Podiums32
Career points228
Pole positions7
Fastest laps71
First entry1974 German Grand Prix
First win1977 Swedish Grand Prix
Last win1981 Canadian Grand Prix
Last entry1986 British Grand Prix

Jacques-Henri Laffite (born 21 November 1943 in Paris) is a French former racing driver who competed in Formula One from 1974 to 1986. He achieved six Grand Prix wins, all while driving for the Ligier team. From 1997 to 2013, Laffite was a presenter for TF1.[1]

Early years

Jacques-Henri Laffite was born in Paris on 21 November 1943. He attended the Cours Hattemer, a private school.[2]

Formula One career

Laffite debuted in Formula One in 1974 for Frank Williams' Iso-Marlboro team. The following year he raced for the same team, now named Williams, scoring a second place in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

Laffite's 1979 Ligier JS11 being demonstrated at the 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Laffite demonstrating the Ligier JS19 chassis at the 1982 Pau Grand Prix

In 1976 Laffite moved to the French Ligier team, scoring 20 points and a pole position at the Italian Grand Prix. The next two seasons were transitional, although he managed to win his first Grand Prix at Anderstorp in the 1977 Swedish Grand Prix.

The 1979 season opened with Laffite winning the first two races. He fought for the World Championship title until the last races, but eventually placed only fourth, with 36 points. The following two seasons were similar, with two more fourth places in the Championship and a further three victories. In 1982, however, Laffite finished only 17th in the final classification, with only 5 points scored.

During the early 1980s, Laffite also made three end of season trips to Australia to race in the non-championship Australian Grand Prix. He failed to finish his first race in 1981 (he was lucky to start after his car hit the wall on the outside of the last turn of the short (1.609 km (1.000 mi)) Calder Park Raceway in qualifying, but his local crew were able to repair it for the race). He finished second to fellow Frenchman Alain Prost in 1982, and third behind Brazilian Roberto Moreno and Australian John Smith in 1983. In all of his pre-Formula One AGP drives, Laffite drove a Formula Pacific or Formula Mondial Ralt RT4 powered by a 1.6-litre Ford l4 engine.

Results in the next two seasons were not much better, when he moved back to England, again to race for Williams (11 and 5 points, respectively). Now in his forties, Laffite returned to Ligier in 1985: in that season he was on the podium three times (Great Britain, Germany and Australia), for a total of 16 points. In 1986 he scored 14 points including two more podium finishes in the first half of the season, but he broke both legs in a crash at the start of the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, and thereafter retired from Formula One. The race was stopped and restarted without Laffite, who was thus classified as a non-starter and ended his career tied with Graham Hill for the most Grand Prix starts. He was the most successful driver in Ligier's history, having taken six of their nine wins.

As a result of Laffite's injuries, new safety rules were enforced from the 1988 season that stated that in all cars the driver's feet must be behind the front axle line.

Post-Formula One career

Laffite recovered from his injuries and later raced in touring cars, finishing 17th in the inaugural World Touring Car Championship driving an Alfa Romeo 75 for Alfa Corse as well as racing three seasons in the German-based DTM series.

He is now a television commentator for the French network TF1, best known for his reaction to the incident at the 1997 European Grand Prix in which Michael Schumacher collided with Jacques Villeneuve, and Laffite reacted with curse words on live television.

In October 2008, at the age of 64, he tested a Renault R27 F1 car at the Paul Ricard circuit.[3]

Laffite has two daughters: Camille and Margot, a sports journalist of Formula One on Canal+. He is also golf enthusiast, is a shareholder of Dijon-Bourgogne Golf.

Also deeply attached to the Creuse for Golf Fisheries and nature, he has a property in Creuse near Aubusson

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1972 24 Hours of Le Mans Automobiles Ligier 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
1973 24 Hours of Le Mans Automobiles Ligier 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DSQ
1974 European Formula Two BP Racing France 10 1 1 1 5 31 3rd
Formula One Frank Williams Racing Cars 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC
24 Hours of Le Mans Automobiles Ligier 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
1975 European Formula Two Automobiles Martini 14 6 5 4 7 60 1st
Formula One Frank Williams Racing Cars 10 0 0 0 1 6 12th
World Sportscar Championship Willi Kauhsen Racing Team 3 3 0 0 3 60 NC
1976 Formula One Ligier Gitanes 16 0 1 1 3 20 7th
World Sportscar Championship Equipe Renault Elf 4 0 3 0 1 15 NC
European Formula Two Fred Opert Racing 2 0 0 1 2 0 NC?
Willi Kauhsen Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0
1977 Formula One Ligier Gitanes 17 1 0 1 2 18 10th
European Formula Two Fred Opert Racing 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC
24 Hours of Le Mans Renault Sport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
1978 Formula One Ligier Gitanes 16 0 0 0 2 19 8th
European Formula Two Maublanc Racing Services 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
24 Hours of Le Mans Grand Touring Cars Inc. 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
1979 Formula One Ligier Gitanes 15 2 4 2 6 36 4th
BMW M1 Procar Championship BMW Motorsport 4 1 1 0 2 35 7th
1980 Formula One Equipe Ligier Gitanes 14 1 1 1 5 34 4th
BMW M1 Procar Championship BMW Motorsport 6 0 1 0 1 37 9th
1981 Formula One Equipe Talbot Gitanes 15 2 1 1 7 44 4th
1982 Formula One Equipe Talbot Gitanes 15 0 0 0 1 5 17th
1983 Formula One TAG Williams Team 13 0 0 0 0 11 11th
1984 Formula One Williams Grand Prix Engineering 16 0 0 0 0 5 14th
1985 Formula One Equipe Talbot Gitanes 15 0 0 1 3 16 9th
1986 Formula One Equipe Ligier 9 0 0 0 2 14 8th
1987 World Touring Car Championship Alfa Corse 6 0 0 0 0 86 17th
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Bigazzi M Team 21 1 0 3 3 107 7th
24 Hours of Le Mans Joest Porsche Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 14th
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Snobeck S.A. 21 0 2 1 3 81 11th
1992 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft MS Racing 23 0 0 1 0 43 13th
1993 24 Hours of Le Mans Jacadi Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
1994 24 Hours of Le Mans Larbre Compétition 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
1996 24 Hours of Le Mans Team Bigazzi SRL 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th

? Graded drivers not eligible for European Formula Two Championship points

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1972 France Automobiles Ligier France Pierre Maublanc Ligier JS2-Maserati S 3.0 195 DNF DNF
1973 France Automobiles Ligier France Guy Ligier Ligier JS2-Maserati S 3.0 24 DSQ DSQ
1974 France Automobiles Ligier France Alain Serpaggi Ligier JS2-Maserati S 3.0 310 8th 5th
1977 France Renault Sport France Patrick Depailler Renault Alpine A442 S +2.0 289 DNF DNF
1978 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc. Australia Vern Schuppan
United States Sam Posey
Mirage M9-Renault S +2.0 293 10th 5th
1990 Germany Joest Porsche Racing France Henri Pescarolo
France Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 962C C1 328 14th 14th
1993 France Jacadi Racing France Michel Maisonneuve
France Christophe Dechavanne
Venturi 500LM-Renault GT 210 DNF DNF
1994 France Larbre Compétition France Jacques Alméras
France Jean-Marie Alméras
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR GT2 94 DNF DNF
1996 Italy Team Bigazzi SRL United Kingdom Steve Soper
Belgium Marc Duez
McLaren F1 GTR-BMW GT1 318 11th 9th

Complete European Formula Two Championship 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 Pos. Pts
1974 BP Racing France March 742 BMW M12 BAR
Ret
HOC
10
PAU
2
SAL
1
HOC
2
MUG
Ret
KAR
3
PER
7
HOC
18
VAL
3
3rd 31
1975 Automobiles Martini Martini Mk 16 BMW M12 EST
1
THR
1
HOC
Ret
NÜR
1
PAU
1
HOC
1
SAL
NC
ROU
Ret
MUG
Ret
PER
1
SIL
Ret
ZOL
Ret
NOG
Ret
VAL
2
1st 60
1976 Fred Opert Racing Chevron B35 BMW HOC THR VAL SAL PAU
2
HOC ROU MUG PER EST NOG
2
NC 0?
Willi Kauhsen Racing Team March 762 Hart HOC
Ret
1977 Fred Opert Racing Chevron B40 Hart SIL THR HOC
7
NÜR VAL PAU
10
MUG ROU NOG
Ret
PER MIS EST DON NC 0
1978 Maublanc Racing Services March 782 BMW THR HOC NÜR PAU
11
MUG VAL ROU DON NOG
Ret
PER MIS HOC NC 0

? Graded drivers not eligible for European Formula Two Championship points

Complete Formula One World Championship 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 WDC Pts
1974 Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro FW Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE NED FRA GBR GER
Ret
AUT
NC
ITA
Ret
CAN
15
USA
Ret
NC 0
1975 Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW02 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
11
RSA
NC
ESP 12th 6
Williams FW04 MON
DNQ
BEL
Ret
SWE NED
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
GER
2
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
DNS
1976 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS5 Matra MS73 3.0 V12 BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
4
ESP
12
BEL
3
MON
12
SWE
4
FRA
14
GBR
DSQ
GER
Ret
AUT
2
NED
Ret
ITA
3
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
JPN
7
7th 20
1977 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS7 Matra MS76 3.0 V12 ARG
NC
BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
9
ESP
7
MON
7
BEL
Ret
SWE
1
FRA
8
GBR
6
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
2
ITA
8
USA
7
CAN
Ret
JPN
5
10th 18
1978 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS7 Matra MS76 3.0 V12 ARG
16
BRA
9
USW
5
8th 19
Ligier JS7/9 Matra MS78 3.0 V12 RSA
5
BEL
5
SWE
7
Ligier JS9 MON
Ret
ESP
3
FRA
7
GBR
10
GER
3
AUT
5
NED
8
ITA
4
USA
11
CAN
Ret
1979 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS11 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
1
BRA
1
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
Ret
BEL
2
MON
Ret
FRA
8
GBR
Ret
GER
3
AUT
3
NED
3
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
4th 36
1980 Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS11/15 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
2
USW
Ret
BEL
11
MON
2
FRA
3
GBR
Ret
GER
1
AUT
4
NED
3
ITA
9
CAN
8
USA
5
4th 34
1981 Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17 Matra MS81 3.0 V12 USW
Ret
BRA
6
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
BEL
2
MON
3
ESP
2
FRA
Ret
GBR
3
GER
3
AUT
1
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
1
CPL
6
4th 44
1982 Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17B Matra MS81 3.0 V12 RSA
Ret
BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
SMR BEL
9
DET
6
CAN
Ret
17th 5
Ligier JS19 MON
Ret
NED
Ret
GBR
Ret
FRA
14
GER
Ret
AUT
3
SUI
Ret
ITA
Ret
CPL
Ret
1983 TAG Williams Team Williams FW08C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA
4
USW
4
FRA
6
SMR
7
MON
Ret
BEL
6
DET
5
CAN
Ret
GBR
12
GER
6
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
DNQ
EUR
DNQ
11th 11
Williams FW09 Honda RA163-E 1.5 V6 t RSA
Ret
1984 Williams Grand Prix Engineering Williams FW09 Honda RA163E 1.5 V6 t BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
BEL
Ret
SMR
Ret
FRA
8
MON
8
CAN
Ret
DET
5
DAL
4
14th 5
Williams FW09B Honda RA164E 1.5 V6 t GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
POR
14
1985 Equipe Ligier Ligier JS25 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6 t BRA
6
POR
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
6
9th 16
Equipe Ligier Gitanes CAN
8
DET
12
FRA
Ret
GBR
3
GER
3
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
BEL
11
EUR
Ret
RSA AUS
2
1986 Equipe Ligier Ligier JS27 Renault EF4B 1.5 V6 t BRA
3
ESP
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
6
BEL
5
CAN
7
DET
2
FRA
6
GBR
Ret
GER HUN AUT ITA POR MEX AUS 8th 14

Complete World Touring Car Championship results

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987 Alfa Corse Alfa Romeo 75 MNZ JAR
Ret
DIJ
ovr:9
cls:5
NUR
ovr:9
cls:7
SPA
ovr:12
cls:9
BNO
ovr:10
cls:8
SIL
ovr:10
cls:8
BAT CAL WEL FJI 17th 86

* Overall race position shown. Registered WTCC points paying position may differ.

Complete Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft results

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

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Pos. Pts
1990 Bigazzi M Team BMW M3 Sport Evo ZOL
1

6
ZOL
2

4
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

Ret
AVU
1

4
AVU
2

Ret
MFA
1

7
MFA
2

Ret
WUN
1

14
WUN
2

Ret
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

8
NOR
1

8
NOR
2

Ret
DIE
1

18
DIE
2

4
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

6
HOC
1

14
HOC
2

5
7th 107
1991 Snobeck S.A. Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1

21
ZOL
2

Ret
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

9
NÜR
1

5
NÜR
2

6
AVU
1

15
AVU
2

21
WUN
1

4
WUN
2

5
NOR
1

13
NOR
2

8
DIE
1

3
DIE
2

Ret
NÜR
1

3
NÜR
2

3
ALE
1

DNS
ALE
2

DNS
HOC
1

12
HOC
2

12
BRN
1

13
BRN
2

Ret
DON
1

5
DON
2

7
11th 81
1992 MS Racing Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 ZOL
1

9
ZOL
2

14
NÜR
1

18
NÜR
2

10
WUN
1

8
WUN
2

6
AVU
1

9
AVU
2

4
HOC
1

7
HOC
2

6
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

9
NOR
1

11
NOR
2

11
BRN
1

Ret
BRN
2

13
DIE
1

18
DIE
2

8
ALE
1

10
ALE
2

8
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

Ret
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
13th 43

Complete Grand Prix Masters results

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap.

Year Team Chassis Engine 1
2005 Team GMF Delta Motorsport GPM Nicholson McLaren 3.5 V8 RSA
Ret

Other results

  • 800 km of Dijon: 1st, 1975
  • 1000 km of Monza: 1st, 1975
  • 1000 km of Nürburgring: 1st, 1975
  • 500 km of Monza: 1st, 1988 (class win)
  • 500 km of Nürburgring: 1st, 1988 (class win)
  • 3 hours of Zhuhai: 1st, 1994

Notes

  • ^ The fastest lap at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix was initially credited to Masahiro Hasemi. This was a measurement mistake, and, several days later, the circuit issued a press release to correct the fastest lap holder of the race to Laffite.[4] This press release was promptly made known in Japan, and the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) and Japanese media corrected the record.[5][6] But this correction was not made well known outside Japan, thus, Hasemi is credited with the fastest lap of the race in many record books.

References

  1. ^ "Jacques Laffite". Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Quelques Anciens Celebres". Hattemer. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ "Jacques Laffite tests Renault F1 car". ESPN F1.com. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  4. ^ i-dea archives (14 January 2006), '76 F1? (1976 F1 World Championship in Japan), Auto Sport Archives ?100? (The 100 Best races in Japan) (in Japanese), Vol. 001, San-eishobo Publishing Co., Ltd., p. 77, ISBN 978-4-7796-0007-4, archived from the original on 13 December 2010, retrieved 2010 |volume= has extra text (help)
  5. ^ "Motorsport competition results: 1976 F1 World Championship in Japan" (in Japanese). Japan Automobile Federation. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Archive: 1976 F1 World Championship in Japan" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. 25 October 1976. Retrieved 2010.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michel Leclèrel
Critérium de Formule Renault
Champion

1972
Succeeded by
Christian Debias
Preceded by
Patrick Depailler
Monaco Formula Three
Race Winner

1973
Succeeded by
Tom Pryce
Preceded by
Michel Leclère
French Formula Three
Champion

1973
Succeeded by
Alain Prost
(1979)
Preceded by
Patrick Depailler
European Formula Two
Champion

1975
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Records
Preceded by
Graham Hill
179 entries, 176 starts
(1958 - 1975)
Most Grand Prix entries
180 entries, 176 starts
(1974 - 1986),
180th entry at the 1986 British GP
Succeeded by
Riccardo Patrese
257 entries (256 starts),
181st entry at the 1989 Mexican GP

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