Gunnar Nilsson

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Gunnar Nilsson
1976-07-10 Gunnar Nilsson im BMW CSL.jpg
Nilsson in 1976
Born (1948-11-20)20 November 1948
Died 20 October 1978(1978-10-20) (aged 29)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Sweden Swedish
Active years 19761977
Teams Lotus
Races 32 (31 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 4
Career points 31
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1976 South African Grand Prix
First win 1977 Belgian Grand Prix
Last win 1977 Belgian Grand Prix
Last race 1977 Japanese Grand Prix

Gunnar Nilsson (20 November 1948 – 20 October 1978) was a Swedish racing driver, born in Helsingborg. Before entering Formula One, he won the 1975 British Formula Three Championship.

Nilsson entered 32 Formula One Grand Prix races, qualifying for all of them. He won once, the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder while driving for Team Lotus. After losing his Lotus seat, he signed for Arrows, but was later diganosed with testicular cancer which meant he couldn't drive the car, however he did compete in three International Race of Champions (IROC) races in 1978. He had two sixth place finishes and a fifth place finish.[1]

As soon the cancer was terminal, he created the Gunnar Nilsson Cancer Foundation, he died in October 1978.

Gunnar Nilsson is buried in Pålsjö cemetery in Helsingborg, Sweden, close to his parents Arvid and Elisabeth Nilsson.

Racing record[edit]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1976 John Player Team Lotus Lotus 77 Cosworth V8 BRA
RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
3
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
5
AUT
3
NED
Ret
ITA
13
CAN
12
USA
Ret
JPN
6
10th 11
1977 John Player Team Lotus Lotus 78 Cosworth V8 ARG
DNS
BRA
5
RSA
12
USW
8
ESP
5
MON
Ret
BEL
1
SWE
19
FRA
4
GBR
3
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
Ret
CAN
Ret
JPN
Ret
8th 20

Formula One non-championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2
1976 John Player Team Lotus Lotus 77 Cosworth V8 ROC
8
INT
6

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Henton
British Formula Three Championship
BARC Series Champion

1975
Succeeded by
Rupert Keegan