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Элио де Анджелис

Angelis, Elio de

Элио де Анджелис / Angelis, Elio de

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

Родился:

26.03.1958

Рим

Умер:

15.05.1986

Марсель, Франция

Сезонов в Ф1:

8

Лет в Ф1:

8

Гран При:

109

Старты:

108*

*не стартовал:

5

Победы:

2

подряд:

Подиумы:

9

подряд:

2

Поул-позиции:

3

подряд:

Первый ряд:

6

подряд:

Быстрые круги:

подряд:

Лучший финиш:

1

Лучший старт:

1

Дубли:

Хет-трики:

Лидирование старт/финиш:

Большие шлемы:

Круги:

4752

лидирования:

28

Километры:

22042.59

лидирования:

150.39

Очки:

122

за один сезон:

34

подряд:

8

Ф1: 1979-1986

Элио де Анджелис / Angelis, Elio de - 1979-1986

Чемпионат Европы Ф2: 1977-1978

Год

Команда

Шасси

1979Interscope Shadow Racing TeamShadow DN9
Shadow DN9
1980Team Essex LotusLotus 81
Lotus 81
1981Team Essex LotusLotus 81
Lotus 81
John Player Team LotusLotus 87
Lotus 87
Team Essex LotusLotus 87
Lotus 87
Lotus 88
Lotus 88
John Player Team LotusLotus 88B
Lotus 88B
1982John Player Team LotusLotus 87B
Lotus 91
Lotus 91
1983John Player Team LotusLotus 91
Lotus 91
Lotus 93T
Lotus 94T
Lotus 94T
1984John Player Team LotusLotus 95T
Lotus 95T
1985John Player Special Team LotusLotus 97T
Lotus 97T
1986Motor Racing DevelopmentsBrabham BT55
Brabham BT55

From a wealthy background, Elio had a reputation as something of a cocky rich-kid when he stepped from karting into Italian F3 at the beginning of 1977. Winning his third-ever F3 race, de Angelis snatched the championship at the very last gasp from Piercarlo Ghinzani, and took an impressive seventh in the European series. After taking a controversial win in the 1978 Monaco F3 race, Elio moved up to Formula 2 but he endured a fairly barren year and, since he was not slow to show his feelings, was seen as something of a spoilt prima donna.

It may have been a considerable gamble, but at the age of just 20 the inexperienced de Angelis joined a Shadow team which was in steep decline. With the exuberance of youth and not a little skill, the young Roman extracted the very best from a poor car and his performances were not lost on Colin Chapman, who signed him for 1980. He made a great start for Lotus, taking a brilliant second place in Brazil, and - one or two silly incidents apart - soon settled down to become a most consistent points finisher over the next couple of seasons, the highlight of which was a hair's-breadth win over Keke Rosberg in the 1982 Austrian GP.

The following year was a transitional period for the team as they struggled to gain reliability from their Renault turbo-engined car, and results were thin on the ground. It was the reverse in 1984, though, as a string of excellent placings saw Elio leading the World Championship by mid-season, but in the end he had to settle for third place in the points table behind Lauda and Prost.

De Angelis had spent four seasons vying somewhat inconclusively for number one status with Nigel Mansell, but the arrival of Ayrton Senna in 1985 soon put the Roman in the shade, a lucky win at Imola following Prost's disqualification notwithstanding. Accepting the situation would not change in his favour, Elio joined Brabham in 1986 to race their radical but complicated 'lowline' BT55, but he managed just one finish, and that after losing a wheel, before a routine testing session at Paul Ricard in mid-May ended in catastrophe when the Brabham was thought to have suffered a component failure, crashing heavily at 180 mph. Elio's injuries were so severe he stood no chance of survival, dying in hospital a few hours later, and the entire motor racing world mourned the loss of a popular driver who had long since earned the respect of his peers.

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

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