Driving his distinctive Lotus 72D, Ronnie Peterson’s 1973 Formula 1 season culminated in four race victories and an overall third place finish in the World Drivers’ Championship.
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Ronnie Peterson was born on February 14, 1944, in Örebro, Sweden. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time to never win a championship, despite securing 10 wins and 26 podium finishes out of 123 starts throughout his career and was arguably one of the fastest drivers of his generation.
Peterson had a distinctive racing style – famously described as flamboyant and wild – combing speed with exquisitely timed power-sliding, which would frustrate and impress his peers in equal measure earning him the nickname “SuperSwede.”
His untimely passing on September 11, 1978, occurred not long after the Italian Grand Prix in Monza when Peterson’s Lotus 79 collided with James Hunt’s car, propelling him into the barrier. His death shook the motorsports community to its core.
In 2016, using advanced mathematical modelling techniques, the Sheffield Methods Institute ranked Peterson as the 21st best Formula One driver of all time, and the sixth best to never win a championship. Although he never achieved the ultimate goal of a championship, Ronnie Peterson’s impact on the sport and his remarkable talent behind the wheel will always be remembered.