The Famous Italian Driver Riccardo Patrese
Riccardo Patrese was born April 17, 1954 in Padua, Italy. He was a racing motorist in Formula One from 1977 to 1993. Patrese became the the very first to attain 250 starts at the 1993 German Grand Prix and the first Formula One driver to attain over 200 Grand Prix starts when he made an appearance at the 1990 British Grand Prix.
All in all, Patrese entered in 257 F1 World Tournament Grand Prix contests, and started 256, making him the 2nd most skilled F1 driver, behind Rubens Barrichello. Patrese made his racing debut in 1977 with the Shadow Race team at the Monaco Grand Prix. He received the nod after the team was required to switch drivers in the middle of the season. Later that year, Jackie Oliver accepted Patrese with him when he left behind Shadow to create the Arrows team.
Arrows was sued by Shadows and after a court verdict in favor of Shadows, Arrows was forced to redesign their vehicle. In 1978 Patrese was leading the South African Grand Prix until engine failure pressured him out with only fifteen laps to go.
Patrese was associated with a pile-up later that year during the Italian Grand Prix, the final results of which left other F1 driver, Ronnie Peterson, dead due to complications the very next day. Patrese never was officially blamed for the contest, but James Hunt, an angry F1 motorist also involved in the pile-up, campaigned and ultimately had Patrese restricted for a battle.
It had been Hunt in charge and not Patrese, he was reinstated and forgiven of any completely wrong doings, after t . v . replays showed that. Hunt never confessed any fault, and even as a broadcaster for BBC TV went on to to criticize Patrese.
Patrese gone to live in Brabham and gained his first career win in 1982 at Monaco Grand Prix. Another win would come the following year at the South African Grand Prix, and Patrese was leading one more competition at San Marino, but crashed out of the race with a few laps left.
Patrese was overshadowed by his teammate Nelson Piquet, who claimed his second Drivers’ Championship title that year, with Patrese finishing a distant 9th. Seven years would pass before Patrese climbed to the peak move of the podium.
Patrese bounced from Brabham to Alfa Romeo and back again in the middle of the 1980s. Over time, he had some sporadic small successes. Williams gave the opportunity to Patrese to revamp his decreasing career in 1987. In the Australian Grand Prix, Patrese was introduced to substitute an wounded Nigel Mansell.
Patrese was made to retire in 1994 due to troubles with teammates, thus ending the longest career in F1 history. In 2005, Patrese returned to race against other retired motorists .. Finishing behind Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi, he placed 3rd in the competition. Patrese gained 8 pole positions, thirty seven podium visits, 6 wins and ran 257 contests for his career.
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