Jacques Laffite (Paris, 21 November 1943) is a French former racing driver, which was very famous during the period he raced in Formula 1.
European Championship of Formula 3 in 1973 and of Formula 2 in 1975, he debuted in Formula 1 in 1974 and stayed in this category till 1986, when he had to retrieted because of a serious accident. In Formula 1 the French racing driver obtained 6 victories and he was the best European racing driver of the competition for 3 consecutive years (1979, 1980, 1981).
- The Nicolis Museum is proud to own the steering wheel of French champion Jacques Laffite, one of the most talented drivers of all time, able to race in the same year – in 1979 – in the top tier (Formula 1) and in Formula 2, in the first claiming a 2nd place finish and in the second a total of 7 wins. In the 1985 World Championship, when he was a member of the French Ligier team, the French driver achieved some good finishes and ended up 9th in the driver standings. Unfortunately, the following year, at 43, he had a serious accident in which he suffered fractures to his legs and pelvis forcing him to draw his F1 career to an end.
(Source: Wikipedia; Formula1.com)