Clip The Apex
An homage to my favourite driver. Fast, honest and one of the unluckiest Grand Prix drivers ever.
Jarier was born in 1946 and after competing in Formula France moved on to F3, finishing 3rd in the French Championship in 1970. 1971 saw him in F2 and debut in F1 in a rented March at Monza.
For 1973 Jarier raced in F1 for March and also in the F2 Championship. His exploits in F1 were pretty unremarkable that season and he was replaced at various points by pay drivers as the March team were struggling for cash. However, he took the F2 title with seven wins beating the likes of Jochen Mass,John Watson and Patrick Depailler.
For 1974 Jumper, a name he acquired at March as Robin Herd's son pronounced Jean-Pierre as "jumper", moved on the the Shadow team. Following the death of Peter Revson in testing in South Africa Jarier became team leader and managed a 3rd place in Monaco, his first points in F1. He followed this up with 5th in Sweden.
1975 should have been his break through year. He put the Shadow DN5 on pole in Argentina, only to break down on the warm up lap. He did the same in Brazil but then retired, whilst leading, due to problems with the fuel system. The season then petered out as and Jarier's only points came from a 4th place in the Spanish GP, which ended before half distance due to a huge accident which killed 5 spectators. Shadow even tried a Matra V12 engine in their car during 1975 but this proved to be just as unreliable as the Cosworth engine.
We seem to be missing a thread on the upcoming Berlin e-Prix so I thought I'd start one. The course is 2.469km long (do we really need 3 places of decimals) and will last for 33 laps, starting at 4pm CET. It is on the site of the old Templehof Airport in Berlin has 17 corners so is far more twisty than some of the previous races, given the "destruction derby" nature of some of the e-Prix's I wonder how many will many to get to the end.
Sebastien Buemi became the first driver to win two races in the series at Monaco but is still only third in the drivers table behind Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet jnr. For those that don't know, drivers have to drop one race result at the end of the season but with all of the top three having managed at least one DNF this is likely to make a huge amount of difference to the final result.
I'm sure Nick Heidfeld will be wanting to perform well at his home race but after his positive showing in the first e-Prix in China he hasn't really troubled the front runners. The things I'm most looking forward to is seeing who Bruno Senna will hit this race and will Scott Speed and the Nicki Shields finally stop flirting go out on a date.
Enough of my nonsense. Hopefully we can looked forward to some more close racing and some very brave and daft overtaking maneuvers, lots of locking wheels and cars drifting through corners. You don't need 1,000 bhp and ear drum bursting exhausts to make a motor race Bernie, watch and learn.