Tyrrell

 
Tyrrell was disqualified after it was found using lead in their fuel tank in the 1984 Canadian Grand Prix.  |  Tyrrell’s P34 became the only successful six-wheeler when it won the 1976 Swedish Grand Prix.  |  It was bought over by British American Tobacco at the end of 1997.  |  Ken Tyrrell died of cancer on August 25, 2001.

FACTFILE

Name: Tyrrell
Headquarters: Great Britain
No. Of Races: 430
No. Of Wins: 23
No. Of Poles: 14
No. Of Podiums: 77
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  • PROFILE
  • MILESTONES
PROFILE

Tyrrell

Tyrrell Racing Organisation founded by Ken Tyrrell won the Constructors’ Championship and had Jackie Stewart as the three time winner of the World Drivers’ Championship in the 1970’s.

Formed in 1958, the team took part in lower Formula races and saw the likes of John Surtees and Jacky Ickx honing their driving skills with the team. Ken Tyrrell realised his F1 dream in 1968 when Elf and Ford came forward with their support for him. A joint venture between French auto manufacturer Matra and Tyrrell had Ken Tyrrell managing his own F1 team.

The very first season of 1968 proved to be successful and the awe inspiring design of the fuel tank which was aerodynamically structured drew flak from the FIA, rendered unsafe and was banned in the 1970 season. The team still managed to register themselves second in the constructors’ competition.
The 1969 season was a fantastic achievement for this one-yr old team. With Jackie Stewart winning the title with the Matra engines and the team clinching the World Drivers’ Championship title with 66 points, the season was simply spectacular for Tyrrell.

Due to complications in sponsorship in 1970, Tyrrell had to race the March 701 engines while Ken Tyrrell secretly worked on an in-house car with Derek Gardner. Jackie Stewart, although unhappy with the March engines managed to drive the team into points and helped them stage a third place in the constructors’ run.

At the end of 1970, the Tyrrell 001 was introduced and it impressed with a pole position for Stewart in the Canadian GP but failed thereafter. In 1971, the Tyrrell 003 was introduced and combined with Stewart’s excellence and its own mean machinery; the team brought home the Drivers’ title and also won the Constructors’ Championship.

The following season, they were second in the constructors’ run only because their lead driver, Stewart, was ill with a stomach ulcer and in 1973, ill-luck struck when Stewart’s French teammate Cevert died in the US Grand Prix’s practice session. Stewart had already announced his decision to retire after the season and the year ended with the team second behind Lotus in the World Constructors’ Championship.

With the likes of Jody Scheckter and Patrick Depailler taking to the wheel, Tyrrell saw sunny days once again and won third place in the 1974 and the 1976 Constructors’ standings. They drove the unique six-wheeler P34 car which was revolutionary in terms of design.

The 80’s and the 90’s did not prove to be much fruitful for the Tyrrell Racing Organisation who had by now given F1 greats like Ronnie Peterson, Didier Pironi and Jean Alesi at this level of racing. The team saw its last in the 1998 edition of the Formula One World Championship.

Tyrrell is one of the teams with a long association with the pinnacle of motorsports. In its 31 years, it has tasted success and dealt with tough situations, to carve a niche for itself.

-Anup Pareek

MILESTONE
  • YEARS
  • DRIVERS
  • ENGINES
  • GPs
  • CIRCUITS
STATISTICS
YEARS
Year Driver GPs Wins Poles Podiums FLs Points
1970 Jackie Stewart 3 0 1 0 0 0
1971 Francois Cevert, Jackie Stewart, Peter Revson 11 7 6 11 4 73
1972 Francois Cevert, Jackie Stewart, Patrick Depailler 12 4 2 7 4 51
1973 Chris Amon, Eddie Keizan, Francois Cevert, Jackie Stewart 14 5 3 15 2 86
1974 Eddie Keizan, Jody Scheckter, Patrick Depailler 15 2 1 7 3 52
1975 Ian Scheckter, Jean Pierre Jabouille, Jody Scheckter, Michel Leclere, Patrick Depailler 14 1 0 4 1 25
1976 Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi, Ian Scheckter, Jody Scheckter, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Patrick Depailler 16 1 1 12 2 71
1977 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Patrick Depailler, Ronnie Peterson 17 0 0 4 1 27
1978 Didier Pironi, Patrick Depailler 16 1 0 5 0 38
1979 Derek Daly, Didier Pironi, Geoff Lees, Jean Pierre Jarier 15 0 0 4 0 28
1980 Derek Daly, Jean Pierre Jarier, Mike Thackwell 14 0 0 0 0 12
1981 Eddie Cheever, Michele Alboreto, Ricardo Zunino 15 0 0 0 0 10
1982 Brian Henton, Michele Alboreto, Slim Borgudd 16 1 0 2 2 25
1983 Danny Sullivan, Michele Alboreto 15 1 0 1 0 12
1984 Martin Brundle, Stefan Bellof, Stefan Johansson 12 0 0 0 0 0
1985 Ivan Capelli, Martin Brundle, Philippe Streiff, Stefan Bellof, Stefan Johansson 16 0 0 0 0 7
1986 Martin Brundle, Philippe Streiff 16 0 0 0 0 11
1987 Jonathan Palmer, Philippe Streiff 16 0 0 0 0 11
1988 Jonathan Palmer, Julian Bailey 15 0 0 0 0 5
1989 Jean Alesi, Johnny Herbert, Jonathan Palmer, Michele Alboreto 16 0 0 1 1 16
1990 Jean Alesi, Satoru Nakajima 16 0 0 2 0 16
1991 Satoru Nakajima, Stefano Modena 16 0 0 1 0 12
1992 Andrea de Cesaris, Olivier Grouillard 16 0 0 0 0 8
1993 Andrea de Cesaris, Ukyo Katayama 16 0 0 0 0 0
1994 Mark Blundell, Ukyo Katayama 16 0 0 1 0 13
1995 Gabriele Tarquini, Mika Salo, Ukyo Katayama 17 0 0 0 0 5
1996 Mika Salo, Ukyo Katayama 16 0 0 0 0 5
1997 Jos Verstappen, Mika Salo 17 0 0 0 0 2
1998 Ricardo Rosset, Toranosuke Takagi 16 0 0 0 0 0
Total   430 23 14 77 20 621

Tyrrell - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAMS RACED AGAINST)

According to stats...

  • Tyrrell was disqualified after it was found using lead in their fuel tank in the 1984 Canadian Grand Prix.
  • Tyrrell’s P34 became the only successful six-wheeler when it won the 1976 Swedish Grand Prix.
  • It was bought over by British American Tobacco at the end of 1997.
  • Ken Tyrrell died of cancer on August 25, 2001.



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