Elio de Angelis

 
In the 1980 Brazilian Grand Prix, Elio was the 3rd youngest driver to record a podium finish till 1997 |  In the 1979 US Grand Prix, Elio became the 3rd youngest driver ever to score points in an F1 race |  He was a concert standard pianist and often kept his colleagues entertained with performances |  In 1982, he won his first ever Grand Prix, beating Keke Rosberg by just 0.12 seconds |  In the same race, he became the 6th youngest winner of a Formula One race

FACTFILE

Name: Elio de Angelis
DOB: Mar 26 1958
Place Of Birth: Rome
Nationality: Italian
Most Races For: Lotus - 90
No. Of Races: 108
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PROFILE
Elio de Angelis

Elio de Angelis was born on 26th March, 1958 in Rome. He hailed from a wealthy family and since a young age cut his teeth on karts. In 1977, he competed in the Italian F3 championship, and finished second in his fourth race. He eventually went on to win the title at his first attempt. The following year he raced in the F2 championship and though his performance was quite disappointing, he managed to make a mark and was offered to test for the Shadow F1 team. Lotus signed him up in 1980 and at the age of 21, he finished second at Interlagos and became one of the youngest Grand Prix winners of all time.
Angelis went on to spend six seasons for Lotus. His first victory came in the Austrian Grand Prix in 1982 though the year and the one that followed brought in quite disappointing results. 1984 turned out to be his best season ever. He not only managed four podium finishes and but also was consistent enough to finish third in the driver’s rankings despite not winning even a single race. Then followed his second win at San Marino in 1985 and he finished fifth in the rankings. But the arrival of Ayrton Senna and his political prowess at Lotus in the beginning of 1986 forced Angelis to quit and move to Brabham in place of Nelson Piquet.
During a testing session in France on one of the fastest sections of the track, Angelis was driving a BT55, a Brabham car with the BMW engine. It was a machine that looked fantastic but was a complete failure. Soon Angelis’ car lost its rear wing and smashed into a fence, turned upside down and caught fire. He was rescued after almost 30 minutes due to lack of marshals and the delayed arrival of the rescuing helicopter. He died 29 hours later in hospital as a result of asphyxiation due to inhaled smoke.
Elio de Angelis had a cool, laidback personality that masked a drive for competition and a genuine love for the sport. His death left a huge void in the racing world. Neither was he one of the most talented drivers nor did he belong to the category of serious championship material. But the sophistication and charm he brought to the sport was rare among his contemporaries and set him a class apart.

-Saahil Desai


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STATISTICS
YEARS
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
1979Shadow15th1400003
1980Lotus7th14001013
1981Lotus8th14000014
1982Lotus9th15101023
1983Lotus17th1501002
1984Lotus3rd16014034
1985Lotus5th16113033
1986Brabham-400000
Total 1082390122

Elio de Angelis - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAM-MATES)

Elio de Angelis - Season Performance

According to stats...

  • In the 1980 Brazilian Grand Prix, Elio was the 3rd youngest driver to record a podium finish till 1997
  • In the 1979 US Grand Prix, Elio became the 3rd youngest driver ever to score points in an F1 race
  • He was a concert standard pianist and often kept his colleagues entertained with performances
  • In 1982, he won his first ever Grand Prix, beating Keke Rosberg by just 0.12 seconds
  • In the same race, he became the 6th youngest winner of a Formula One race

QUOTES ON ELIO DE ANGELIS

Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman:
"Whenever I am showing visitors around the workshops I enjoy asking them, 'Who raced in the most Grands Prix for Team Lotus?' If they know I am pleased. If they do not, I enjoy telling them it was Elio and that he is my hero."



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