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Patrick Depailler - Remembered

Written by Jay Walker on 01 July 2003. Posted in P34 News

patrickIt was 23 years ago to-the-day that we lost Patrick Depailler in an horrific accident at Hockenheim in 1980.

Patrick was driving for the Alfa Romeo team in their cumbersome 179 V12. The team were at Hockenheim testing for the upcoming race. At the second part of the Ostkurve, where it tightens, Patrick's car left the road at 165mph there was no chance of survival and almost no way of knowing the cause but most suspected is tyre or suspension failure.

In memory of Patrick I have posted a new picture gallery celebrating his racing career. A big thank you goes out to Stefan Schmidt in Austria who supplied me with most of the images.

Jay