Gregor Foitek

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Gregor Foitek
Born (1965-03-27) 27 March 1965 (age 49)
Zurich, Switzerland
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Switzerland Swiss
Active years 19891990
Teams EuroBrun, Rial, Brabham, Onyx
Races 22 (7 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix

Gregor Foitek (born 27 March 1965 in Zurich) is a former racing driver from Switzerland. He won the 1986 Swiss Formula 3 Championship. Moving up to Formula 3000 he was widely blamed for causing a race-stopping crash at Brands Hatch in 1988, the restart of which led to a second major crash on the first lap in which Johnny Herbert sustained major leg injuries. Foitek participated in 22 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 26 March 1989. He scored no championship points. He later made two CART starts for Foyt Enterprises in 1992 but was knocked out of both races by mechanical issues.

Today, he helps to run Foitek Automobile, a family-run Ferrari and Maserati dealership.

Formula One career[edit]

1989: EuroBrun and Rial[edit]

Foitek made his debut at the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix, however with turbos now banned from F1, the number of entries had grown to 39. Thirteen cars had to enter pre-qualifying and with EuroBrun having performed poorly in 1988, Foitek had to enter the session using the ER188B, which was an update of the 1988 car. Foitek only got to the main qualifying session once, at the first race in Brazil, where he then failed to qualify. After 11 rounds Foitek quit the EuroBrun team.

At the Spanish Grand Prix, Foitek was called up to replace Christian Danner at the Rial team. However, the Rial team were having a bad season and several crew members had left the team. Furthermore, although it was assured of a place in the main qualifying session, the Rial ARC2 was uncompetitive, some five seconds off the next slowest car. In his one race with the team, Foitek's rear wing broke at high speed and he crashed heavily. He immediately quit the team.

Racing record[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 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 Pos Points
1986 Horag Racing Lola T86/50 Cosworth SIL
VAL
PAU
SPA
IMO
MUG
PER
ZEL
BIR
BUG
JAR
Ret
NC 0
1987 Genoa Racing March 87B Cosworth SIL
Ret
VAL
15
SPA
10
PAU
Ret
DON
DNQ
PER
DNQ
BRH
DNQ
BIR
Ret
NC 0
GA Motorsport Lola T87/50 IMO
12
BUG
8
JAR
14†
1988 GA Motorsport Lola T88/50 Cosworth JER
Ret
VAL
1
PAU
DNQ
SIL
4
MNZ
4
PER
Ret
BRH
Ret
BIR
BUG
Ret
ZOL
Ret
DIJ
Ret
7th 15

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 WDC Points
1989 EuroBrun Racing EuroBrun ER188B Judd V8 BRA
DNQ
SMR
DNPQ
MON
DNPQ
MEX
DNPQ
USA
DNPQ
CAN
DNPQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
POR
NC 0
EuroBrun ER189 GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
Rial Racing Rial
ARC-02
Cosworth V8 ESP
DNQ
JPN
AUS
1990 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT58 Judd V8 USA
Ret
BRA
Ret
NC 0
Moneytron Onyx Onyx
ORE-1B
Cosworth V8 SMR
Ret
MON
7
CAN
Ret
MEX
15
FRA
DNQ
Monteverdi Onyx Formula One GBR
DNQ
GER
Ret
HUN
DNQ
BEL
ITA
POR
ESP
JPN
AUS

Complete CART results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1992 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
PNX
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
INDY
Wth
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
MIL
United States
NHM
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
CLE
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NAZ
United States
LS
47th 0

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jakob Bordoli
Swiss Formula Three Champion
1986
Succeeded by
Jacques Isler