Jacques Laffite Biography: Jacques-Henri Laffite is a former French Formula One racer who participated from 1974 to 1986. He won six Grand Prix races while driving for the Ligier team.
Jacques Laffite Biography
Jacques Laffite Biography: On November 21, 1943, Jacques-Henri Laffite was born in Paris. He went to a private school Cours Hattemer. He began his racing career in 1968 at the Winfield Racing School in France.
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|Date Of Birth||November 21, 1943|
|Birth Place||Paris, France|
Jacques Laffite Career
Laffite made his Formula One debut in 1974 for the Iso–Marlboro team owned by Frank Williams. The following year, he competed for the same team, now known as Williams, and finished second in the German Grand Prix at Nürburgring. 1976 saw Laffite join the French Ligier team, earning 20 points and the prime position at the Italian Grand Prix. He won his first Grand Prix at Anderstorp in the 1977 Swedish Grand Prix, although the following two seasons were transitional.
Laffite began the 1979 season by winning the first two races. He was challenged for the title of World Champion until the final events but ultimately placed fourth with 36 points. The following two seasons were comparable, with two additional fourth-place finishes in the Championship and three other victories. In 1982, however, Laffite placed only seventeenth in the final classification, scoring only five points.
Laffite visited Australia in the early 1980s to compete in the non-championship Australian Grand Prix. In 1981, he did not complete his first race (he was fortunate to start after his car hit the wall in qualifying at the short (1.609 km (1.000 mi)) Calder Park Raceway, but his local crew was able to repair it for the race). In 1982, he finished second, behind colleague Alain Prost, and third, behind Roberto Moreno and John Smith, in 1983. Laffite drove a Formula Pacific or Formula Mondial Ralt RT4 powered by a 1.6-liter Ford l4 engine in all his pre-Formula One AGP races.
When he returned to England to race for Williams for the next two seasons, the results were not much better (11 and 5 points, respectively). In 1985, when Laffite was in his forties, he returned to Ligier and finished on the podium three times (in Great Britain, Germany, and Australia) for 16 points. In 1986, he scored 14 points, including two more podium finishes in the first half of the season, but he retired from Formula One after breaking both legs in an accident at the start of the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.
The race was interrupted and restarted without Laffite, who was therefore classified as a non-starter and ended his career with the same number of Grand Prix starts as Graham Hill. He was the most successful driver in the history of Ligier, with six of their nine victories. Due to Laffite’s injuries, new safety regulations were implemented for the 1988 season requiring that the driver’s feet be placed behind the front axle line in all cars.