Jump to: navigation, search

Joakim Bonnier

BonnierJo196608.jpg
 Name = Jo Bonnier 
 Nationality = Sweden  
 Years = 1956 - 1971 
 Team(s) =  Maserati, Scuderia Centro Sud, Joakim Bonnier Racing Team, BRM, 
 Porsche, Rob Walker Racing Team, Lotus, Brabham, 
 Anglo-Suisse Racing/Ecurie Bonnier and Honda 
 Races = 108 
 Championships = 0 
 Wins = 1 
 Podiums = 1 
 Poles = 1 
 Fastest laps = 0 
 First race = 1956 Italian Grand Prix 
 First win =  1959 Dutch Grand Prix
 Last win =  1959 Dutch Grand Prix
 Last race = 1971 United States Grand Prix 


Joakim "Jo" Bonnier (January 31 1930 - June 11 1972) was a Swedish sportscar racing and Formula One driver who raced for various teams.

Career

He was born in Djurgården, Stocklholm, to the wealthy Bonnier family. he entered Formula 1 in 1956 with a Maserati. His greatest achievement in F1 was getting a victory for BRM in the 1959 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort, when the notoriously unreliable car worked well for once (Dan Gurney and Hans Herrmann had bad crashes after brake failures). He also won the 1960 German Grand Prix with a Porsche 718, a race held for Formula 2 in preparation for the rule change of 1961. Bonnier was one of the driving forces behind the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.

Despite his win for BRM, Bonnier did not drive for many works teams throughout his career, with only one-offs as a replacement driver for Lotus, Brabham and Honda. After his debut in a works Maserati, he then drove for his own Joakim Bonnier Racing Team and for Mimmo Dei's Scuderia Centro Sud in the late 50s, before finding a spot in the BRM and Porsche teams.

After Porsche quit Grand Prix racing at the end of the 1962 season, Bonnier switched to Rob Walker Racing Team, the only privateer that had scored wins in World Championship events, where he drove Coopers and Brabhams, scoring few points.

Bonnier 1966 in the Chaparral </br>during practise at the Nürburgring

In 1966 he reformed his own team as Anglo-Suisse Racing Team (later to be renamed Ecurie Bonnier), but his interest in F1 gradually diminished. His last full season was 1968, in which he traded his old Cooper T86 for an also old McLaren M5A. He raced occasionally in F1 until 1971.

Alongside F1, Bonnier also took part in many sports car races. He won the 1960 Targa Florio, co-driving a works Porsche 718 with Hans Herrmann, and in 1962 took a Ferrari 250 TRI entered by Count Giovanni Volpi to top honors in the 12 Hours of Sebring, sharing the car with Lucien Bianchi. In 1963 he was once again winner at the Targa Florio, with Carlo Mario Abate in another works Porsche 718.

1964 was his best year in sports car racing, where he co-drove a Ferrari P entered by Maranello Concessionaires with Graham Hill, taking a 330P to second place in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and to a win at Montlhery, while a 12 hour race in Reims also gave him a first place in a 250LM.

He then won the 1000 km of Nürburgring in a Chaparral in 1966 (with Phil Hill), his last win in a major sports car event, but still managed to snatch victories in the minor 1000 km of Barcelona at Montjuïc in 1971 (with Ronnie Peterson), and the 4 Hours of Le Mans in 1972 (with Hughes de Fierlandt). By then, he had taken to managing his team, entering several cars in World Sportscar Championship events, and taking a backseat to driving, but was nevertheless killed at at Le Mans in 1972 when his Lola-Cosworth T280 collided with a Ferrari Daytona driven by Florian Vetsch.


Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Team WDC Points
1956 Maserati ARG
MON
INDY
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
Ret
Maserati - 0
1957 Scuderia Centro Sud ARG
7
MON
INDY
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
PES
Ret
ITA
Ret
Scuderia Centro Sud - 0
1958 Jo Bonnier ARG
MON
Ret
DUT
10
INDY
BEL
9
FRA
8
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
POR
Ret
ITA
Ret
MOR
4
BRM 18th 3
1959 BRM MON
Ret
INDY
DUT
1
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
5
POR
Ret
ITA
8
USA
BRM 8th 10
1960 BRM ARG
7
MON
5
INDY
DUT
Ret
BEL
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
POR
Ret
ITA
USA
5
BRM 18th 4
1961 Porsche MON
Ret
DUT
11
BEL
7
FRA
7
GBR
5
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
6
Porsche 15th 3
1962 Porsche DUT
7
MON
5
BEL
FRA
10
GBR
Ret
GER
7
ITA
6
USA
13
RSA
Porsche 15th 3
1963 Walker MON
7
BEL
5
DUT
11
FRA
NC
GBR
Ret
GER
6
ITA
7
USA
8
MEX
5
RSA
6
Walker 11th 6
1964 Walker MON
5
DUT
9
BEL
Ret
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
6
ITA
12
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
Walker 15th 3
1965 Walker RSA
Ret
MON
7
BEL
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
7
DUT
Ret
GER
7
ITA
7
USA
8
MEX
Ret
Walker - 0
1966 Anglo-Suisse MON
NC
BEL
Ret
FRA
NC
GBR
Ret
DUT
7
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
NC
MEX
6
Anglo-Suisse 17th 1
1967 Joakim Bonnier RSA
Ret
MON
DUT
BEL
Ret
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
5
CAN
8
ITA
Ret
USA
6
MEX
10
Joakim Bonnier 15th 3
1968 Joakim Bonnier RSA
Ret
ESP
MON
DNQ
BEL
Ret
DUT
8
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
ITA
6
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
5
Joakim Bonnier 22nd 3
1969 Lotus RSA
ESP
MON
DUT
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
Ecurie Bonnier - 0
1970 Ecurie Bonnier RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
DUT
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
DNQ
CAN
USA
Ret
MEX
Ecurie Bonnier - 0
1971 Ecurie Bonnier RSA
Ret
ESP
MON
DUT
FRA
GBR
GER
DNQ
AUT
DNS
ITA
10
CAN
USA
16
Ecurie Bonnier - 0