Philippe Streiff: 1955 – 2022

Philippe Streiff, French Formula 1 driver in the 1980s, has died at the age of 67.

Streiff made his debut in the World Championship in 1984 with Renault, but after that he only spent one Portuguese Grand Prix and failed to finish due to technical problems. In 1985 he played for Ligier, then two years with Tyrrell, after which he moved to AGS.

He took the podium in just his sixth race: in 1985 Streiff took 3rd place in the Australian Grand Prix – the city circuit in Adelaide then hosted the final stage of the season. However, this was his only finish in the top three.

But even before Formula 1, in 1981, he became the champion of French F3 and won the GTP class at the 24 hours of Le Mans, speaking in the same crew with Jean-Louis Schlesser and Jackie Hagan. In the overall standings they achieved an honorable second place.

In the 1980s, Philippe Streff was considered a promising racer, but his career was interrupted in 1989 after a major accident during testing, which left him permanently partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

At the same time, he continued to be actively involved in motorsport, in particular, he organized the traditional kart tournament, which was held from 1993 to 2000 at the Bercy complex in Paris. Over the years, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, Alex Zanardi, Mika Salo and other racers took part in these competitions.

In the last years of his life, Streiff was of great help in preparing material for a future book on the history of the Tyrrell team.

Source: F1 News

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