Depailler drove the radical six-wheel P34 in ’76 to four 2nd place finishes, but in ’77 with the P34B, could only repeat the feat once. He retired from the ’77 Dutch Grand Prix (pictured) with engine problems.
Photo: Maureen Magee
When he was a kid in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Patrick Depailler’s idol was French motorcycle champion and racing driver Jean Behra. The two were alike in more ways than one, as they shared a living-for-the-moment attitude that didn’t always pay off. Surprisingly, though, Patrick’s devil-may-care lifestyle didn’t really do his motor racing career that much harm in the end. His Formula One career didn’t start too well, though. Ken Tyrrell had invited him to race his team’s third car in a…
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