Renzo Zorzi

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Renzo Zorzi
Born(1946-12-12)12 December 1946
Ziano di Fiemme, Italy
Died15 May 2015(2015-05-15) (aged 68)
Magenta, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Flag of Italy.svg Italian
Active years 19751977
Teams Williams, Wolf–Williams, Shadow
Championships 0
Wins 0
Career points1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1975 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry 1977 Spanish Grand Prix

Renzo Zorzi (12 December 1946, Ziano di Fiemme – 15 May 2015, Magenta, Lombardy) was a racing driver from Italy who participated in 7 Formula One Grands Prix between 1975 and 1977.

Ziano di Fiemme Comune in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy

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Magenta, Lombardy Comune in Lombardy, Italy

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Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and owned by the Formula One Group. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950. The word "formula" in the name refers to the set of rules to which all participants' cars must conform. A Formula One season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, which take place worldwide on purpose-built circuits and on public roads.

Zorzi began his racing career in Formula Three in 1972, driving various cars with little success. In 1974 he switched to a GRD, and won the Monaco Formula Three race in 1975. This helped him towards a couple of races for Frank Williams Racing Cars and Wolf–Williams Racing in Formula One, before his sponsorship funds ran out. In 1977 he raced with Shadow, backed by their Italian sponsor Franco Ambrosio. [1] Despite finishing sixth at the 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix and earning a World Championship point, he was dropped from the team after five races and replaced by Riccardo Patrese.

Formula Three race car class

Formula Three, also called Formula 3 or F3, is a class of open-wheel formula racing. The various championships held in Europe, Australia, South America and Asia form an important step for many prospective Formula One drivers. Formula Three has traditionally been regarded as the first major stepping stone for F1 hopefuls – it is typically the first point in a driver's career at which most drivers in the series are aiming at professional careers in racing rather than being amateurs and enthusiasts. F3 is not cheap, but is regarded as a key investment in a young driver's future career. Success in F3 can lead directly to a Formula 2 seat or even a Formula One test or race seat.

Group Racing Developments, known more simply as GRD, was a short-lived British constructor of racing cars. It was formed in 1971 with a large percentage of staff coming from those made redundant from the closure of Lotus Cars customer car manufacturing arm. They built cars for Formula 2, Formula 3, Formula Atlantic and Sports 2000 racing classes until a decline in British racing vehicle manufacturing bit into the industry in 1975 that paralleled the oil crisis.

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He was indirectly involved in a fatal accident during the 1977 South African Grand Prix, after he retired his car when a split fuel pipe caused an engine fire. [1] While Zorzi dealt with the fire with his on-board extinguisher, two fire marshals ran across the track and one, Frederick Jansen Van Vuuren, was struck and killed by the car of Zorzi's teammate Tom Pryce, who was also killed.

1977 South African Grand Prix Formula One motor race held in 1977

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Tom Pryce Racing driver

Thomas Maldwyn Pryce was a British racing driver from Wales, famous for winning the Brands Hatch Race of Champions, a non-championship Formula One race, in 1975 and for the circumstances surrounding his death. Pryce is the only Welsh driver to have won a Formula One race and is also the only Welshman to lead a Formula One World Championship Grand Prix: two laps of the 1975 British Grand Prix.

Zorzi later raced in sports cars and the Aurora AFX F1 championship, driving an Arrows.

The British Formula One Championship, often abbreviated to British F1, was a Formula One motor racing championship held in the United Kingdom. It was often referred to as the Aurora AFX Formula One series due to the Aurora company's sponsorship of the series for three of the four seasons.

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After retiring from racing, he ran a Pirelli driving school in southern Italy. [2]

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Zorzi died on 15 May 2015, aged 68. [3] [4]

Complete Formula One World Championship results


YearEntrantChassisEngine1234567891011121314151617WDC Pts
1975 Frank Williams Racing Cars Williams FW03 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP MON BEL SWE NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA
1976 Frank Williams Racing Cars Wolf–Williams FW04 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA
1977 Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Shadow DN8 RSA

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