Peter Arundell

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Peter Arundell
Peter Arundell 1968 kl.JPG
Born (1933-11-08)8 November 1933
Ilford, Essex, England, UK
Died 16 June 2009(2009-06-16) (aged 75)
near King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, UK
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19631964, 1966
Teams Lotus
Races 13 (11 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 2
Career points 12
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1963 French Grand Prix
Last race 1966 Mexican Grand Prix

Peter Arundell (Ilford, Essex, 8 November 1933[1] – 16 June 2009) was a British racing driver from England, who raced in Formula One for the Lotus team. He participated in 13 World Championship Grands Prix, scoring 12 championship points.

Arundell became a professional racing driver after finishing his time in the Royal Air Force, competing in Elva and Lotus cars. He won an early Formula Junior race held in England, the John Davy Trophy at the Boxing Day Brands Hatch meeting in an Elva-D.K.W. in 1959.[2] In 1962 he won the British Formula Junior championship in a Lotus 22, and also in 1963 in a Lotus 27. He also won the Monaco Formula Junior race in 1961 and 1962. He won the last Formula Junior race held in England, the Anglo-European Formula Junior Trophy, also at Brands Hatch, in September 1963, in a Lotus 27-Ford.[3]

He marked his arrival in the Formula One World Championship in 1964 with two podium finishes. He was regarded as a strong prospect for the future and a great supporting driver for World Champion Jim Clark.[4]

In 1964, while racing in Formula Two at Reims-Gueux, he had a spin and was hit at high speed by Richie Ginther; Arundell was thrown from the car in the impact, which resulted in him missing most of the 1965 season. Lotus boss Colin Chapman saved his place in the team for 1966, finishing third on his comeback in the non-championship South African Grand Prix at East London on 1 January 1966.[5] He did not enjoy any great success and at the end of that year he retired from Formula One, having started only 11 races.[6]

He retired from racing altogether in 1969, and later moved to Florida, where he set up the software company Mystique, responsible for amongst other games the notorious Custer's Revenge.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1963 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax V8 MON BEL NED FRA
DNS
GBR GER ITA USA MEX RSA NC 0
1964 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax V8 MON
3
NED
3
BEL
9
FRA
4
GBR GER AUT ITA USA MEX 8th 11
1966 Team Lotus Lotus 43 BRM H16 MON BEL
DNS
FRA
Ret
17th 1
Lotus 33 BRM V8 GBR
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
12
ITA
8
MEX
7
Climax V8 USA
6

Non-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 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
1961 Team Lotus Lotus 18 Climax Straight-4 LOM GLV PAU BRX VIE AIN SYR NAP LON SIL SOL
DNS
KAN DAN MOD FLG OUL LEW VAL RAN NAT RSA
1962 Team Lotus Lotus 21 Climax Straight-4 CAP BRX LOM
DNA
LAV GLV PAU AIN INT NAP
Lotus 24 MAL
DNA
CLP RMS
NC
SOL
DNA
KAN MED
DNA
DAN OUL MEX RAN NAT
1963 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax Straight-4 LOM GLV PAU IMO SYR AIN INT
DNA
ROM SOL
2
KAN MED AUT
DNS
OUL
DNA
RAN
1964 Team Lotus Lotus 25 Climax Straight-4 DMT
Ret
NWT
2
SYR
3
AIN
3
INT
3
SOL MED RAN
1966 Team Lotus Lotus 43 BRM H16 RSA
3
SYR INT OUL
DNS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Driver: Arundell, Peter". Autocourse Grand Prix Archive. Retrieved 2007-11-27. [dead link]
  2. ^ Motor Sport, February 1960, Page 109. See also cover photograph.
  3. ^ The Autocar, September 1963, Pages 514, 540.
  4. ^ "Peter Arundell". lastingtribute.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  5. ^ Motor Sport, February 1966, Page 90.
  6. ^ http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/drv-arupet.html