Renzo Zorzi

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Renzo Zorzi
Born (1946-12-12)12 December 1946
Ziano di Fiemme, Trentino, Italy
Died 15 May 2015(2015-05-15) (aged 68)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 19751977
Teams Williams, Shadow
Entries 7
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1975 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 1977 Spanish Grand Prix

Renzo Zorzi (12 December 1946, Ziano di Fiemme– 15 May 2015, Magenta, Lombardy) was a racing driver from Italy who participated in 7 Formula One Grands Prix between 1975 and 1977.

Zorzi began his racing career in Formula Three in 1972, driving various cars with little success. In 1974 he switched to a GRD, and won the Monaco Formula Three race in 1975. This helped him towards a couple of races for Williams in Formula One, before his sponsorship funds ran out. In 1977 he raced with Shadow, backed by their Italian sponsor Franco Ambrosio.[1] Despite finishing sixth at the 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix and earning a World Championship point, he was dropped from the team after five races and replaced by Riccardo Patrese.

He was indirectly involved in a horrific accident during the 1977 South African Grand Prix, after he retired his car when a split fuel pipe caused an engine fire.[1] While Zorzi dealt with the fire with his on-board extinguisher, two fire marshals ran across the track and one, Frederick Jansen Van Vuuren, was struck and killed by the car of Zorzi's team-mate Tom Pryce, who was also killed.

Zorzi later raced in sports cars and the Aurora AFX F1 series, driving an Arrows.

After retiring from racing, he ran a Pirelli driving school in southern Italy.[2]

Zorzi died on 15 May 2015, aged 68.[3][4]

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
1975 Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW03 Cosworth V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA
14
USA NC 0
1976 Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW04 Cosworth V8 BRA
9
RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN NC 0
1977 Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5B Cosworth V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
6
19th 1
Shadow DN8 RSA
Ret
USW
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON BEL SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA USA CAN JPN

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Renzo Zorzi". gp.com. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". oldracingcars.com. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  3. ^ Nugnes, Franco (2015-05-15). "Addio a Renzo Zorzi, un campione incompreso". omnicorse.it (in Italian) (OmniCorse). Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  4. ^ Obituary: Renzo Zorzi 1946-2015