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Thierry Boutsen

   
Nation: Belgium
DOB: July 13, 1957
Place:Brussels
World Championships: 0
Grand Prix entered:164
Wins: 3
Poles:1
Podiums: 15
Fastest laps:1
Points: 134
First Race:Belgium 1983, Arrows
Last Race:Belgium 1983, Jordan
YearTeam
1993Jordan
1992Ligier
1991Ligier
1990Williams
1989Williams
1988Benetton
1987Benetton
1986Arrows
1985Arrows
1984Arrows
1983Arrows

Thierry Boutsen (born July 13, 1957 in Brussels, Belgium) is a former Formula One driver who raced for the Arrows, Benetton, Williams, Ligier and Jordan teams.

In 1977 entered the Formula Ford 1600 championship and won it in 1978 with 15 victories in 18 races. For 1979 he moved to Formula 3, winning three races in 1980 and second place in the title race, behind Michele Alboreto. In 1981 he moved to Formula 2 and was again second in the championship, this time behind Geoff Lees. In 1983 he drove in the European Touring Car Championship and in World Sportscar races, where he won at Monza with Bob Wollek.

1990 US GP, Boutsen

In 1983 he paid $500,000 for a drive in Formula One, and made his debut with Arrows at the 1983 Belgian Grand Prix, but a greater opportunity came when he moved to Benetton in 1987. In 1989 Frank Williams signed him on a two-year contract, and he won the rain-soaked Canadian Grand Prix and Australian Grand Prix. In 1990 he scored a victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix over his friend Ayrton Senna's McLaren-Honda. In 1991 he moved to Ligier and from there to replace Ivan Capelli at Jordan in 1993, after which he retired from Formula One. After a crash at Le Mans in 1999 he retired from racing altogether.

Today Thierry Boutsen runs his own company, Boutsen Aviation, in Monaco.

biography: Wikipedia.org

Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2008 20:23
 

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