Patrick Depailler


Racing Driver

comment '76

It was almost as difficult to find someone to follow Lauda and Hunt as it was to determine the No 1. We chose someone who has never won a Grand Prix, that hard-charging- Frenchman Patrick Depailler. Many of the excellent drives were ruined by niggling problems and he was unlucky not to win a race.

Ken Tyrrell obviously had great faith in Derek Gardner's six-wheel project and Depailler, probably more than his team-mate Jody Scheckter, displayed its potential on the race-track. With a lot more testing to iron out minor deficiencies, the Tyrrell P34 was expected to be stronger challenger in 1977. The year Ronnie Peterson joined the team.

Author: ArchitectPage

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