Elio de Angelis
Elio de Angelis (26 Mairch 1958 – 15 Mey 1986) wis an Italian racin driver who pairticipatit in Formula Ane atween 1979 an 1986, racin for the Shadow, Lotus an Brabham teams. He wis killed durin testin at the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet in 1986. Elio de Angelis wis a competitive an hichtlie popular presence durin the Formula Ane circus o the 1980s, an is sometimes referred tae as Formula Ane's "last gentleman player".
|Born||26 Mairch 1958|
|Dee'd||15 Mey 1986(aged 28)|
|Formula Ane Warld Championship career|
|Active years||1979 – 1986|
|Teams||Shadow, Lotus, Brabham|
|Entries||109 (108 stairts)|
|First entry||1979 Argentine Grand Prix|
|First win||1982 Austrian Grand Prix|
|Last win||1985 San Marino Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1986 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Breetish Formula Ane Championship career|
Daith an legacyEedit
During tests at the Paul Ricard circuit in Fraunce, the rear wing o his BT55 detached at hicht speed  resulting in the caur losin downforce on the rear wheels, which instigated a cartwheel ower a sidetrack barrier and causing the car to catch fire. The impact itself did not kill de Angelis but he was unable to extract himself from the car unassisted. The situation wis exacerbatit bi the lack o track marshals on the circuit who coud hae providit him wi emergency assistance. A 30 minute delay ensued afore a helicopter arrived an De Angelis dee'd 29 hours later, at the hospital in Marseille where he haed been taken, frae smoke inhalation. His actual crash impact injuries wur ae a broken collar bone an licht burns on his back. The tragic circumstances of his daith weighed heavily on the sport's conscience an radical changes wur introduced bi then Preses Jean-Marie Balestre in the months follaein his accident which ultimately heraldit the end o the turbo pouered era in Formula Ane racin.
De Angelis' place in the Brabham team wis subsequently taken bi Derek Warwick.
De Angelis wis the last driver tae dee in an F1 caur till Roland Ratzenberger at Imola aicht years later. The French-Sicilian driver Jean Alesi - who broke intae the sport three years efter de Angelis dee'd - wore a helmet that exactly matched de Angelis' design, in tribute tae his semi-compatriot.
De Angelis wis an aa a concert-standard pianist.
Formula Ane Warld Championship resultsEedit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
- ‡ Race wis stopped wi less than 75% o laps completed, half points awardit.
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