Энциклопедия Формулы 1:
1950-2017

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Гонщики

Курсивом отмечены гонщики,
выступавшие только
в Indy 500 (1950-1960)

Бельгия
Бельгия

Оливье Жедебьен

Gendebien, Olivier

Оливье Жедебьен / Gendebien, Olivier

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

Родился:

12.01.1924

Брюссель

Умер:

02.10.1998

Тараскон, Франция

Сезонов в Ф1:

5

Лет в Ф1:

6

Гран При:

15

Старты:

14*

*не стартовал:

1

Победы:

подряд:

Подиумы:

2

подряд:

2

Поул-позиции:

подряд:

Первый ряд:

1

подряд:

Быстрые круги:

подряд:

Лучший финиш:

2

Лучший старт:

3

Дубли:

Хет-трики:

Лидирование старт/финиш:

Большие шлемы:

Круги:

640

лидирования:

3

Километры:

4558.66

лидирования:

42.3

Очки:

18

за один сезон:

10

подряд:

2

Ф1: 1956-1961

Оливье Жедебьен / Gendebien, Olivier - 1956-1961

24 часа Ле-Мана: 1954-1962

Targa Florio: 1956-1962

Год

Команда

Шасси

1956Scuderia FerrariFerrari 555 Supersqualo
Lancia Ferrari D50
Lancia Ferrari D50
1958Scuderia FerrariFerrari Dino 246
Ferrari Dino 246
1959Scuderia FerrariFerrari 256
1960Yeoman Credit Racing TeamCooper T51
Cooper T51
1961Equipe Nationale BelgeEmeryson Mk2
Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFACFerrari 156
Ferrari 156
UDT Laystall Racing TeamLotus 18/21

A Belgian aristocrat, and former World War II paratrooper, Gendebien spent some four years in forestry in the Congo, where he met rally driver Charles Fraikin, who was lamenting the lack of a co-driver with whom to compete back in Europe.

Gendebien then returned and raced a Veritas in the GP des Frontieres at Chimay, finishing sixth, before joining Fraikin, initially to rally a Jaguar, the pair staying together until 1955. By the time they split they had become known as 'the eternal bridesmaids' due to the number of times they had to be content with second place. Twice they just missed winning the Liege-Rome-Liege Rally but in 1955 it was third time lucky with a Mercedes 300SL Without his partner, Olivier had great success, winning his class with a Plymouth in the Round Italy Rally, the Tulip Rally and the Northern Roads Rally in a Porsche, all in 1954.

Such was the impression made that he was offered a contract to drive a works Ferrari in sports car events and selected Grands Prix. His first race for the team nearly ended in disaster, when in late 1955 he crashed heavily in practice for the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod, suffering concussion. He was fit for the start of 1956 and, with virtually no single-seater experience behind him, finished fifth on his Grand Prix debut at the Argentine GP, followed by sixth in the Mendoza GP. The season also saw a splendid run of finishes in sports car races, including second places at Buenos Aires and in the Supercortemaggiore at Monza and thirds in the N?rburgring 1000 Km, Targa Florio and Le Mans.

That was to be the first of seven wonderful seasons that Gendebien spent in Ferrari's sports car team. He subsequently won the Reims 12 Hours in 1957 and '58, the Targa Florio in 1958, '61 and '62, Sebring in 1959, '60 and '61 and the N?rburgring 1000 Km in 1962, not forgetting his splendid achievement of four wins at Le Mans in 1958, '60, '61 and '62, after the last of which he retired.

He was no slouch in a Grand Prix car either. His outings were generally infrequent, but whenever he raced a competitive machine he invariably brought it into the points, as a check on the statistics overleaf will show. But it is inevitably as one of the greatest sports car drivers of any era that he will be best remembered.

(c) 'Who is Who' by Steve Small, 2000

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