Paul Richard Ginther

Paul Richard “Richie” Ginther

Paul Richard Ginther – Early Years and Introduction to Racing

  • Birth: August 5, 1930, Hollywood, California, USA
  • Early Career: Began in sports cars with privately entered Ferraris.
  • Significant Achievement: Second place in the Carrera Panamericana in 1954.

Ferrari Years

  • 1959: Joins Scuderia Ferrari as an official driver.
  • 1960: Secures second in the 1000 km Buenos Aires and scores a point in his F1 debut at Monaco. Finishes 2nd in the Italian GP, leading ahead of Phil Hill.

Peak Years in Formula One

  • 1961: A strong season with podium finishes including a 3rd place in Belgium and the UK, contributing to a Ferrari-dominated podium.
  • 1962: Switches to BRM with a challenging start but secures podiums in France and a 2nd place in Monza.
  • 1963: Achieves vice-champion status alongside teammate Graham Hill, with multiple podium finishes.

Honda and Later Career

  • 1964: Continues strong performances with a second place in Monaco and Austria.
  • 1965: Joins Honda, leading the first two laps in the Belgian and Dutch GPs, and clinches his first F1 victory at the Mexican GP – a first for Honda as well.
  • 1966: Competes with Cooper-Maserati and Honda, finishing 4th in the Mexican GP.

Career Stats

  • Best World Championship Rank: 3rd in 1963.
  • Grand Prix Starts: 52 (58 involvements).
  • Wins: 1 (1.92% win rate).
  • Podiums: 14 (26.92% podium rate).
  • Pole Positions: 0.
  • Fastest Laps: 3 (5.77%).
  • Retirements: 14 (26.92%).

Retirement and Legacy

  • Retirement: After unsuccessful attempts to qualify in Monaco and Indianapolis in 1967, Ginther retired from professional racing.
  • Death: September 20, 1989, Bordeaux, France, due to a heart attack at age 59.
  • Legacy: Known for his skillful driving and as one of the prominent American drivers in F1 during the 60s.

Richie Ginther, a significant figure in American motorsport history, combined skill and determination to leave an indelible mark in the world of Formula 1 racing.

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