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Thierry Boutsen

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Thierry Boutsen
Nationality Belgian
Years 1983-1993
Team(s) Arrows, Benetton, Williams, Ligier and Jordan
Races 164
Championships 0
Wins 3
Podiums 15
Poles 1
Fastest laps 1
First race 1983 Belgian Grand Prix
First win 1989 Canadian Grand Prix
Last win 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix
Last race 1993 Belgian Grand Prix


Thierry Marc Boutsen (born July 13 1957 in Brussels, Belgium) is a former racing driver who raced for the Arrows, Benetton, Williams, Ligier and Jordan teams in Formula One.

Career

Boutsen driving for Arrows at the 1984 United States Grand Prix.
Boutsen driving for Benetton at the 1988 Canadian Grand Prix.

In 1977 Boutsen entered the Belgian Formula Ford 1600 championship and won it in 1978 with 15 victories in 18 races. For 1979 he moved to Formula 3, winning three races in 1980 and second place in the title race, behind Michele Alboreto. In 1981 he moved to Formula 2 and was again second in the championship, this time behind Geoff Lees. The 1981 24 Hours of Le Mans started at 15h00 - one hour earlier than usual due to the general elections.

At 16h06 Thierry Boutsen suffered a massive accident just after the Hunaudières kink, some 400 meters before the Mulsanne bosse (the "hump") when his WM P81-Peugeot was traveling at some 350 km/h. A suspension piece had failed and the car hit the guard-rail losing the entire rear end. Boutsen was untouched, but the debris field of hurled parts and bodywork was spread over 150 meters. Three marshals were struck by the debris. One of them, Thierry Mabillat was killed, struck in the chest by a detached piece of the guard rail. Two of his colleagues were seriously injured, Claude Hertault and Serge David, who lost an arm.

In 1983 Boutsen drove in the European Touring Car Championship and in World Sportscar races, where he won at Monza with Bob Wollek.

In 1983 he paid $500,000 for a drive in Formula One, and made his debut with Arrows at the 1983 Belgian Grand Prix, but a greater opportunity came when he moved to Benetton in 1987. In 1989 Frank Williams signed him on a two-year contract, and he won the rain-soaked Canadian Grand Prix and Australian Grand Prix. In 1990 he scored a victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix over his friend Ayrton Senna's McLaren-Honda. In 1991 he moved to Ligier and from there to replace Ivan Capelli at Jordan in 1993, after which he retired from Formula One. Boutsen briefly drove sports cars in the US, driving for Champion Racing in a Porsche, alongside Bill Adam and Hans Stuck. The trio finished 2nd in class at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1997. After a crash at Le Mans in 1999 he retired from racing altogether.

Today Thierry Boutsen runs his own company, Boutsen Aviation, in Monaco. He also owns a Mégane Trophy racing team.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1983 Arrows Racing Team Arrows A6 Cosworth V8 BRA
USW
FRA
SMR
MON
BEL
Ret
USE
7
CAN
7
GBR
15
GER
9
AUT
13
NED
14
ITA
Ret
EUR
11
RSA
9
- 0
1984 Barclay Nordica Arrows BMW Arrows A6 Cosworth V8 BRA
6
RSA
12
SMR
5
15th 5
Arrows A7 BMW Str-4 (t/c) BEL
Ret
FRA
11
MON
DNQ
CAN
Ret
USE
Ret
USA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
5
NED
Ret
ITA
10
EUR
9
POR
Ret
1985 Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW Straight-4 (t/c) BRA
11
POR
Ret
SMR
2
MON
9
CAN
9
USA
7
FRA
9
GBR
Ret
GER
4
AUT
8
NED
Ret
ITA
9
BEL
10
EUR
6
RSA
6
AUS
Ret
11th 11
1986 Barclay Arrows BMW Arrows A8 BMW Straight-4 (t/c) BRA
Ret
ESP
7
SMR
7
MON
8
BEL
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
HUN
Ret
ITA
7
POR
10
MEX
7
AUS
Ret
- 0
Arrows A9 GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
1987 Benetton Formula Ltd. Benetton B187 Cosworth
V6 (t/c)
BRA
5
SMR
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
7
GER
Ret
HUN
4
AUT
4
ITA
5
POR
14
ESP
16
MEX
Ret
JPN
5
AUS
3
8th 16
1988 Benetton Formula Ltd. Benetton B188 Cosworth V8 BRA
7
SMR
4
MON
8
MEX
8
CAN
3
USA
3
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
6
HUN
3
BEL
DSQ
ITA
6
POR
3
ESP
9
JPN
3
AUS
5
4th 27
1989 Canon Williams Team Williams FW12C Renault V10 BRA
Ret
SMR
4
MON
10
MEX
Ret
USA
6
CAN
1
FRA
Ret
GBR
10
GER
Ret
HUN
3
BEL
4
ITA
3
5th 37
Williams FW13 POR
Ret
ESP
Ret
JPN
3
AUS
1
1990 Canon Williams Renault Williams FW13B Renault V10 USA
3
BRA
5
SMR
Ret
MON
4
CAN
Ret
MEX
5
FRA
Ret
GBR
2
GER
6
HUN
1
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
4
JPN
5
AUS
5
6th 34
1991 Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS35 Lamborghini V10 USA
Ret
BRA
10
SMR
7
MON
7
CAN
Ret
MEX
8
- 0
Ligier JS35B FRA
12
GBR
Ret
GER
9
HUN
17
BEL
11
ITA
Ret
POR
16
ESP
Ret
JPN
9
AUS
Ret
1992 Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier JS37 Renault V10 RSA
Ret
MEX
10
BRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
12
CAN
10
FRA
Ret
GBR
10
GER
7
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
8
JPN
Ret
AUS
5
14th 2
1993 Sasol Jordan Jordan 193 Hart V10 RSA
BRA
EUR
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
11
MON
Ret
CAN
12
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
GER
13
HUN
9
BEL
Ret
ITA
POR
JPN
AUS
- 0




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