Emilio de Villota

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Emilio de Villota
Born (1946-07-26) 26 July 1946 (age 68)
Madrid, Spain
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Spain Spanish
Active years 19761978, 19811982
Teams RAM, non-works McLaren, non-works Williams, March
Races 15 (2 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1976 Spanish Grand Prix
Last race 1982 Dutch Grand Prix

Emilio de Villota Ruíz (born 26 July 1946) is a former racing driver from Spain, born in Madrid. He entered 15 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix between 1976 and 1982, qualifying twice. He entered most Spanish Grand Prix between 1976 and 1982 and became a major force in the short-lived Aurora AFX Formula One championship for F1 cars, winning the title in 1980.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Emilio first arrived on the international motor sport scene in 1972, when he raced a SEAT 124 SC, in the 4 Horas de Jarama, a round of the European Touring Car Championship [ETCC]. In a car entered by Scuderia Filipinetti, was co-driven by H. Hengstenberg to 15th place overall. De Villota would not return to international motor sport until 1975, when he re-visited the ETCC, this time in a Ford Capri RS 2600, this time aided by Jorge de Bagration. The pair did not finish in the Zandvoort Trophy, held at the Circuit Park Zandvoort. However, when the Spanish pairing were joined by “Nicha” Cabral, for their home race, the 4 Horas de Jarama, they finished second, albeit five laps adrift of the winner.[3][4]

For 1976, Emilio turned his back on Touring Cars to try his luck in single-seaters, with the ultimate aim of racing in the World Championship. In order to gain experience of high-powered racing cars, he entered the Shellsport G8 International Series. This was a UK-based Formula Libre championship which ran F1, F2, F5000 and Formula Atlantic cars in the same races. Racing with the Lyncar Engineering Ltd., Emilio scored two 5th places, and was finished the season 14th in the overall standing.[5][6]

Using a regulation which then allowed the participation of private teams or drivers, who could purchase a car and race alongside the official teams, Emilio debuted in the 1976 World Championship driving a Cosworth powered Brabham BT44B, purchased in effect to participate in the Gran Premio de España. De Villota failed to qualify, and did not return until the following season.[7][8]

Emilio returned to England for the start of the next season, once again racing for Lyncar, now entered under the name of Iberia Airlines, winning for opening race of the 1977 Shellsport G8 International Series, at Mallory Park. However just four meeting, Emilio abandoned the series for F1.[6][9]

In 1977, de Villota developed more ambitious project that would make him the third Spaniard to participate in Formula 1 after Alfonso de Portago and Alex Soler-Roig. Under sponsorship of Iberia, Emilio led a modest outfit that raced under the name of Iberia Airlines F1 and contested seven Grand Prixs of the European season. For the project Iberia acquired a McLaren M23, Ford-Cosworth DFV engines, painted the cars in colours of the airline. De Villota would qualify for just two of these Grand Prixs, first was his home event, Gran Premio de España, where he would finish 13th, albeit 5 laps adrift of the winner. The other race he started as the Grand Prix von Österreich, where an accident on the last lap deprived him of the finish, nevertheless classified in 17th position.[7][10][11][12]

Between Grand Prixs, Emilio did a number of selected Shellsport G8 races in his F1 McLaren, winning twice. He followed his earlier victory at Mallory, by winning there again, then taking the chequered flag at Brands Hatch. Although his season was split in two by his Grand Prix racing, Emilio still finished 5th in the championship.[6][9]

Again he attempted to privately contest the 1978 Gran Premio de España, failing again in qualifying. After this failure he turned him back on Formula One and turned his attention to the new Aurora AFX Formula One Series. In the Aurora series, racing was cheaper and was therefore less dependent on sponsorships, thus making it more competitive. This proved to be the case, which Emilio finishing 3rd overall in 1978 and 1979, then being proclaimed champion in 1980 with a RAM Racing prepared Williams FW07. During this spell, he won nine races, including the infamous, Gran Premio Lotteria di Monza.[7][13][14][15]

His main focus for 1978, was the Aurora AFX F1 Championship. This series replaced the Shellsport Group 8 series. He continued to race his McLaren, now entered under the Centro Asegurado banner. The season started promising the trip to the podium in the first three races, however he was unable to keep the momentum going and failed to visit the podium again, although it was still enough to finish 3rd overall at the end of the season.[6][13]

For the 1979 Aurora AFX F1 Championship, de Villota switched to Lotus-Cosworth 78, prepared and entered by Madom F1 Team. Following a series of poor results, Emilio turned his season around by finishing on the podium in six straights races, winning four of them at Thruxton, Zandvoort, Oulton Park, and Nogaro. Then his poor early season form returned with three retirements in the last five races, with only one point finish. This left him 3rd once again in the overall standings.[6][14]

He again tried to qualify for the 1980 Gran Premio de España at the wheel of a RAM Racing prepared Williams-Cosworth FW07, which Banco Occidental sponsorship. Originally scheduled to be part of the Formula One World Championship, following the running of the race it was announced that World Championship points would not be awarded to the competitors, making it a non-championship race. He distinguished himself during the race by tripping up both Carlos Reutemann and Jacques Laffite in their battle for the lead.[7][16]

Back in the Aurora AFX F1, Emilio was at the wheel of the same Williams FW07, as he raced in Spain. Having switched to RAM Racing for the Aurora series as well, Emilio brought the FW07 home, on the podium in nine of eleven races he entered, winning five of them. Twice at Mallory Park, Brands Hatch, Silvestone and the big money event in Italy, the Gran Premio Lotteria di Monza. For one race, RAM switched Emilio to their Fittipaldi F5A, where he still finished in 5th. Adding this to the other trips to the podium, Emilio was crowded champion.[6][15]

For 1981, Emilio made the switch to the World Endurance Championship of Drivers. Having signed for Team Lola, to race their Group 6 Cosworth DFV powered Lola T600, alongside Guy Edwards, they made a poor start to the season, failing to finish their first two races. After a 8th place in the ADAC 1000 Km Rennen Nürburgring, the pair are joined by Juan Fernández, for would be Emilio first race at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The trio finish 15th overall, and 3rd in class. The strong result from Le Mans inspired by de Villota and Edwards who would win their next race, the Coppa Florio, 6 ore Enna-Pergusa by two laps, albeit from a field made up by entrants from the Italian Group 6 Championship. The pair would win once more in 1981, this time for season finale, Flying Tiger 1000. In the intermittent rain at Brands Hatch, they would win by a margin of eight laps.[3][17][18][19]

In 1982 made his final attempt to qualify for another Formula 1 race. As a privateer again (with LBT Team March) and this time in a March 821, powered by Ford Cosworth, sought qualification, unsuccessfully for five Grand Prixs, It was to be the first time in his career as a racing driver, he would crossed the Atlantic to compete outside Europe.[7]

Away from F1, Emilio continued to race sportscar, in the new Group C category with the Grid Plaza Racing team. The team was under-financed, and undertook a limited World Endurance Championship for Drivers and Manufacturers and Camel GT Championship programme in 1982, and only once finished in the points, claiming 10th in the Shell Oils 1000 Kilometres, at Brands Hatch, when Emilio was joined by Derek Daly and Fred Stiff.[3][20]

Emilio continued with Grid Racing into 1983, however their Cosworth –powered Grid S1 remained unreliable, with Emilio only finished once in the points. Like 1982, this was at Brands Hatch, in the European Endurance Championship race. For the Grand Prix International 1000km, he was joined by Skeeter McKitterick and Dudley Wood, as they bring the Grid home in 8th place. Away from sportscars, Emilio tried his hand in two other categories with very mixed success. He had two drives in Formula Two; a 9th place at Silverstone with James Gresham Racing, in their March-BMW 832 and 13th at Jarama, for Minardi Team Srl abroad their Minardi-BMW M283. The other category was away from the international scene. Driving a Ford Capri RS3000, Emilio won the Spanish Touring Car Championship.[3][6][20][21][22]

For 1984, Grid Racing had produced a new car, the Grid-Porsche S2. Emilio raced the car in the Budweiser Grand Prix of Miami, but did not complete a lap. He did not race again that season. He did return to the ETCC in 1985 with Escuderia Mezquita, taking in two races. He co-drove with Francisco Romero, finishing both races; 18th in the Vallelunga 500 km and 17th in the Donington 500, in their VW Golf GTi.[3][23][24]

Having obtained Spanish backing from Danone for 1986, John Fitzpatrick Racing needed two Spanish drivers. Emilio was one, and he was joined at the team by Fermín Velez. Although the pair only racing seven times, they scored five top ten finished in the Porsche 956. This included a 3rd in the ADAC Kouros 1000 Km Nürburgring, and a 4th in the 24 Hour of Le Mans. This would be Emilio last trip to Le Mans 24 hours.[3][6]

The opening two races of the 1987 World Sport-Prototype Championship was held in Spain, Kremer Racing paired two local drivers for these races. Paco Romero joined de Villota in the Marlboro sponsored Porsche 962C. The pair finished 10th at Jarama and then 8th at Jerez. Emilio stepped away from Group C racing, to race to 8th overall in the Porsche 944 Turbo Cup.[3][6]

By 1988, Emilio had retired from International racing, although he still wins three Spanish Porsche Carrera Cup Championships in four years (1993; 1995 & 1996) at national level. However, in 1996 he races at Porsche 911 Bi-Turbo in the Gran Premio Repsol Resistencia Del Jarama, a round of the BRP Global GT series, alongside Pablo de Villota and Fulvio Ballabio. It would be five more years before he reappears, this time at Estoril, racing a Porsche 911 GT2, in a Spanish GT race. Emilio still races, albeit mostly in Spain.[25][26][27][28][29]

After retiring[edit]

He currently heads the team and racing school, Emilio de Villota Motorsport. His son Emilio de Villota, Jr. has raced in Formula Three and Formula 3000. His daughter María de Villota was a test driver for Marussia F1; a major crash in a test in July 2012 left her with serious injuries, which ultimately led to her death in October 2013.


Racing record[edit]

Career highlights[edit]

Season Series Position Team Car
1975 European Touring Car Championship [30][31] 14th Ford Capri RS 2600
1976 Shellsport G8 International Series [32] 14th Lyncar Engineering Ltd. Lyncar-Cosworth 006
1977 Shellsport G8 International Series [33] 5th Emilio de Villota
Iberia F1
Lyncar-Cosworth 006
McLaren-Cosworth M23
1978 Aurora AFX F1 Championship [13][34] 3rd Centro Asegurado F1 McLaren-Cosworth M23
1979 Aurora AFX F1 Championship [14][35] 3rd Madom F1 Team Lotus-Cosworth 78
1980 Aurora AFX F1 Championship [15][36] 1st RAM Racing Williams-Cosworth FW07
Fittipaldi-Cosworth F5A
1981 World Endurance Championship of Drivers [37] 21st Team Lola Lola-Cosworth T600
1982 Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft [38] 21st Grid Plaza Grid-Cosworth S1
Camel GT Championship [39] 47th Grid Racing Grid-Cosworth S1
FIA World Endurance Championship of Drivers [40] 117th Grid Racing Grid-Cosworth S1
1983 Campeonato Español de Tourismos [41] 1st Ford Capri RS 3000
FIA European Endurance Championship of Drivers [42] 70th Grid Racing Grid-Cosworth S1
1986 FIA World Sports Prototype Championship [43] 12th Danone Porsche España Porsche 956B
1987 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup [44] 8th Porsche 944 Turbo
FIA World Sports Prototype Championship [43] 47th Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 962C
1993 Spanish Porsche Carrera Cup [25] 1st Porsche 911 Carrera
1995 Spanish Porsche Carrera Cup [25] 1st Porsche 911 Carrera
1996 Spanish Porsche Carrera Cup [25] 1st Porsche 911 Carrera
2011 Spanish Prototype Open Championship – Proto 1 [45] 5th Radical España Radical SR3

International Race Victories[edit]

Date Event Circuit Entrant
co-driver
Car – Engine
1977
13/03/77 Shellsport G8 – Mallory Park [46] England Mallory Park Emilio de Villota Lyncar-Cosworth 006
24/07/77 Shellsport G8 – Mallory Park [47] England Mallory Park Emilio de Villota McLaren-Cosworth M23
29/08/77 Shellsport G8 – Brands Hatch [48] England Brands Hatch Iberia F1 McLaren-Cosworth M23
1979
28/05/79 Rivet Supply Trophy [14][49] England Thruxton Madom F1 Team Lotus-Cosworth 78
04/06/79 International Whitsuntide Race [14][49] Netherlands Zandvoort Madom F1 Team Lotus-Cosworth 78
30/06/79 Daily Express Formula 1 Trophy [14][49] England Oulton Park Madom F1 Team Lotus-Cosworth 78
08/07/79 Nogaro Grand Prix [14][49] France Nogaro Madom F1 Team Lotus-Cosworth 78
1980
05/05/80 Sun Trophy [15][50] England Mallory Park RAM Racing Williams-Cosworth FW07
29/06/80 Gran Premio Lotteria di Monza [15][50] Italy Monza RAM Racing Williams-Cosworth FW07
27/07/80 ATV Trophy [15][50] England Mallory Park RAM Racing Williams-Cosworth FW07
25/08/80 Pace Petroleum Trophy [15][50] England Brands Hatch RAM Racing Williams-Cosworth FW07
05/10/80 Pentax Trophy [15][50] England Silverstone RAM Racing Williams-Cosworth FW07
1981
28/06/81 Coppa Florio, 6 ore Enna-Pergusa [51] Italy Enna-Pergusa Grid Team Lola
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
Lola-Cosworth T600
27/09/81 Flying Tiger 1000 [19] England Brands Hatch Banco Occidental/Ultramar/Team Lola
United Kingdom Guy Edwards
Lola-Cosworth T600

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1976 RAM Racing Brabham BT44B Cosworth V8 BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
DNQ
BEL
MON
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
USA
JPN
NC 0
1977 Iberia Airlines McLaren M23 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
13
MON
BEL
DNQ
SWE
DNQ
FRA
GBR
DNQ
GER
DNQ
AUT
17
NED
ITA
DNQ
USA
CAN
JPN
NC 0
1978 Centro Asegurador McLaren M23 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
MON
BEL
ESP
DNQ
SWE
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
USA
CAN
NC 0
1981 Banco Occidental Williams FW07 Cosworth V8 USW
BRA
ARG
SMR
BEL
MON
ESP
EX
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
NED
ITA
CAN
CPL
NC 0
1982 LBT Team March March 821 Cosworth V8 RSA
BRA
USW
SMR
BEL
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
DET
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
NED
DNPQ
GBR
FRA
GER
AUT
SUI
ITA
CPL
NC 0

Complete Shellsport International Series results[edit]

(key) (note: results shown in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
1976 Lyncar Engineering Ltd Lyncar 006 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 MAL
DNS
SNE
5
OUL
Ret
BRH
10
THR BRH
5
MAL
10
SNE
DNS
BRH
18
THR
8
OUL BRH
10
BRH
7
14th 26
1977 Iberia Airlines Lyncar 006 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 MAL
1
SNE
Ret
OUL
DNS
BRH
DNS
MAL
THR
BRH
OUL
5th 76
McLaren M23 MAL
1
DON
BRH
1
THR
SNE
3
BRH
Ret

Complete British Formula One Championship results[edit]

(key) (note: results shown in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pos. Points
1978 Centro Asegurador F1 McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 OUL
2
BRH
3
SNE
2
MAL
4
ZAN
Ret
DON
5
THR
7
OUL
Ret
MAL
4
BRH
Ret
THR
8
SNE
8
3rd 84
1979 Madom F1 Team Lotus 78 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ZOL
Ret
OUL
7
BRH
Ret
MAL
4
SNE
3
THR
1
ZAN
1
DON
2
OUL
1
NOG
1
MAL
6
BRH
Ret
THR
Ret
SNE
8
SIL
Ret
3rd 55
1980 RAM Racing Williams FW07 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 OUL
2
BRH
Ret
SIL
2
MAL
1
MNZ
1
MAL
1
SNE
3
BRH
1
THR
2
OUL
Ret
SIL
1
1st 85
Fittipaldi F5A THR
5

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1981 United Kingdom Team Lola United Kingdom Guy Edwards
Spain Juan Fernández
Lola T600 S
+2.0
287 15th 3rd
1982 United Kingdom Grid Racing South Africa Desiré Wilson
United Kingdom Alain de Cadenet
Grid Plaza S1 C 7 DNF DNF
1986 United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick Racing Spain Fermín Velez
South Africa George Fouché
Porsche 956B C1 349 4th 4th

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
1983 James Gresham Racing March 832 BMW SIL
9
THR
HOC
NÜR
VAL
PAU
NC 0
Minardi Team Srl Minardi M283 JAR
13
DON
MIS
PER
ZOL
MUG

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See also[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Rupert Keegan
British Formula One Champion
1980
Succeeded by
Jim Crawford
(1982)
Preceded by
Jorge de Bagration
Campeonato Español de Turismo
1983
Succeeded by
Francisco Romero