Patrick Gaillard

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Patrick Gaillard
Born (1952-02-12) 12 February 1952 (age 62)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality France French
Active years 1979
Teams Ensign
Races 5 (2 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1979 French Grand Prix
Last race 1979 Dutch Grand Prix

Patrick Gaillard (born February 12, 1952 in Paris) is a former racing driver from France. He participated in 5 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on July 1, 1979. He scored no championship points.

After performing well in French Formula Renault and Formula 3, Gaillard moved into Formula 2 in 1979, the same year as he drove for Ensign in Formula 1. The Ensign N179 was not a good car and Gaillard struggled on occasions, failing to qualify three times out of five, before being dropped in favour of Marc Surer.

In 1980 Gaillard returned to Ensign for the Spanish Grand Prix and finished in a points-paying 6th place—the last of 6 cars still running at the finish, 5 laps down. However, the result did not count as this race was subsequently downgraded to non-Championship status due to the FISA-FOCA war (F1 sporting body versus the F1 manufacturers), making Gaillard's only point nullified.

Thereafter he drove in Formula 2, CanAm, and sports cars including the 24 Hours of Le Mans before retiring. He later became a racing instructor.


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1979 Team Ensign Ensign N179 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
BEL
MON
FRA
DNQ
GBR
13
GER
DNQ
AUT
Ret
NED
DNQ
ITA
CAN
USA
NC 0

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