Clay Regazzoni

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Clay Regazzoni
Nationality 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Swiss
Years 1970-1980
Team(s) Ferrari (1970-72,74-76), BRM (1973), Ensign (1977,80), Shadow (1978), Williams (1979)
Races 132
Championships 0
Wins 5
Podiums 28
Poles 5
Fastest laps 15
First race 1970 Dutch Grand Prix
First win 1970 Italian Grand Prix
Last win 1979 British Grand Prix
Last race 1980 United States Grand Prix West

Clay Regazzoni (born Gianclaudio Regazzoni, September 5, 1939 in Lugano, Switzerland) is a former Swiss Formula One racing car driver.

Having been raised in Switzerland's predominantly Italian-speaking area bordering Italy, he was effectively considered to be an Italian by Italians, which was a point of great pride during his years with Ferrari in the mid-1970s. However, he holds a Swiss passport and also the official Formula One records register Regazzoni as being Swiss. Regazzoni's first victory came during his first season in Formula 1, when he won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Although he only competed in eight of the 13 races that year, he finished third in the championship, behind team-mate Jacky Ickx and the late Jochen Rindt, who posthumously won the world championship that year.

After a couple of seasons at Ferrari Regazzoni moved to BRM, where he teamed-up with Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Niki Lauda. In 1974 Ferrari decided to call Regazzoni back. He promptly agreed and suggested to Enzo Ferrari to bring Niki Lauda along. Regazzoni and Lauda, together with team manager Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and technical director Mauro Forghieri, formed a very successful partnership that generated 15 wins, two constructors titles, and one drivers championship (Lauda in 1975).

Regazzoni's best season was 1974, when he lost the championship to Emerson Fittipaldi by only three points. In the second part of the 1970s Regazzoni participated in the Indianapolis 500 miles with McLaren and drove for mid-field Formula One teams like Ensign and Shadow, until Sir Frank Williams offered him a competitive seat again in one of his cars in 1979. Regazzoni paid him back by giving the team its maiden win at Silverstone, but he was replaced by Carlos Reutemann at the end of the season.

In 1980 he crashed during the United States Grand Prix West, held at Long Beach, when his brakes failed at the end of a long high-speed straight. His car crashed at unabated speed into a previously retired car that was parked in an escape road past a corner. The crash left Regazzoni paralyzed from the waist down and since then he's been very active in helping disable people getting equal opportunities.

A moving account of his life can be found in his autobiography "E' questione di cuore" ("It's a matter of heart") published in the mid-80s. Currently, Regazzoni shares his time between Monaco and Lugano, and he occasionally does commentaries for Swiss and Italian TV channels.

3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari
22px-Flag of France.png Jean Todt | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mario Almondo | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Stefano Domenicali | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Baldisseri
Current drivers:
22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella (Test Driver) 22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené (Test Driver)
Notable Former drivers:
22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alberto Ascari | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda | 22px-Flag of South Africa.png Jody Scheckter | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Surtees | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Hill | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine | 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi | 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto | 22px-Flag of France.png René Arnoux | 22px-Flag of France.png Patrick Tambay | 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Gilles Villeneuve | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Carlos Reutemann | 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Clay Regazzoni | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti | 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx | 22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lorenzo Bandini
Formula One cars:
125 | 275 | 340 | 375 | 500 | 553 | 625 | 555 | D50 | 801 | 412 | 246 | 256 | 156 | 158 | 1512 | 312 | 312B | 312T | 126C | 156/85 | F1/86 | F1/87 | 640 | 641 | 642 | 643 | F92A | F93A | 412T | F310 | F310B | F300 | F399 | F1-2000 | F2001 | F2002 | F2002B | F2003-GA | F2004 | F2004M | F2005 | 248 | F2007 | F2008 | F60 | F10 | 150° Italia | F2012