Jody Scheckter info & statistics

Jody Scheckter wiki info & stats
NameJody Scheckter
CountrySouth Africa South Africa
Place of BirthLondon
Date of BirthJan 29th 1950 - 70 years old
First Race1972 USA Grand Prix
Last Race1980 USA Grand Prix
First Pole1976 Swedish Grand Prix
Last Pole1979 Monaco Grand Prix
First Win1974 Swedish Grand Prix
Last Win1979 Italian Grand Prix
First Podium1974 Belgian Grand Prix
Last Podium1979 Italian Grand Prix

Jody Scheckter F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles1
Race Entries113
Race Starts112
Race Wins10 (8,8%)
Pole Positions3 (2,7%)
Fastest Laps5 (4,4%)
Podiums33 (29,2%)
Points Finishes53 (46,9%)
Retirements39 (34,5%)
Wins from pole2
Frontrow Starts12
Total Points255
Total Laps6.035



Biography

Jody Scheckter Biography


Jody Scheckter is the one and only South African Formula one champion.

Born on the 29th of January of 1950 at East London, South Africa, Scheckter’s name at first was a synonym of danger in the racing world, but he managed to flip the script and made himself a Formula 1 World Champion for Ferrari.

His motorsport journey began due to his family ties with cars. His father had a Renault dealership in which he worked and had his first taste behind wheels. Out of control during his first couple of racing events, Scheckter showed speed but also kept an uncontrolled image inside the tracks. After trying bikes, cars came in and became the only option for the South African speedster.

Though he was fast, his driving skills were still a little erratic. At 20 years of age, Scheckter earned the trip to Europe after winning the South African Formula Ford Series, which gave the chance to travel to England for the winner and have a taste of the European categories.

He finished second and had the Fastest Lap of the 1971 Formula Ford 1600 - The Townsend Thoresen Formula Ford Race - Race of Champions Support Race. Also in 1971, the South African finished third in the standings of the 1971 Formula 3 Britain Lombard North Central behind Roger Williamson and Colin Vandervell.

His speed gave him the chance to make his Formula 1 debut in the last race of 1972, with McLaren. He qualified eighth for the race, the United States Grand Prix, and finished ninth behind the wheel of the Ford-powered M19A.

In 1973, he won the 1973 SCCA L&M Championship, an American Sports Car championship. McLaren gave him more shots at Formula 1 events, but his participations proved to be tumultuous.

Jody Scheckter - Ferrari World Champion at Monza

Jody Scheckter, Ferrari 312T during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 07, 2019. (Photo by Simon Galloway / LAT Images)

He qualified third for his home race, the 1973 South African Grand Prix, in just his second F1 start. However, engine troubles left him in only ninth place. Then, he returned to the grid for the 1973 French Grand Prix.

He started from second place and took the lead of the race ahead of reigning World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. As Fittipaldi tried to overtake on lap 41, the South African shut the door closed and they collided, which ended Fittipaldi’s Grand Prix and prompted an outrageous reaction from the Brazilian. The reigning champion insulted Scheckter and even said he did not belong in the F1 paddock.

Then, in the next race, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Scheckter’s name was in everyone’s mouth again. In the first lap, the South African spun at Woodcote Corner while in fourth place. His mistake prompted a disaster between other cars. Ultimately, 11 cars retired from the race due to the collisions and Andrea de Adamich, a driver for Brabham, suffered a leg injury.

With Scheckter blamed for the disaster and considered dangerous for others, some drivers and other members of the paddock wanted him banned from the sport. McLaren, however, decided to just put him on the sidelines for a while.

After missing four races, Scheckter returned for the last two rounds at Canada and the USA. At Canada, he collided with Francois Cevert, who was supposed to be his Tyrrell teammate in 1974.

In the US, during the weekend of Cevert’s tragic death, the South African qualified 10th but could not finish the race due to suspension woes.

His move to Tyrrell for 1974 proved to be effective for Scheckter as he was able to reach the podium for the first time in the 1974 Belgian Grand Prix. After consecutive podiums, at Belgium and Monaco, Scheckter was able to taste the sweet flavour of winning as he took an exciting first victory at the 1974 Swedish Grand Prix with a three-tenths gap over his teammate Patrick Depailler.

For his second career British Grand Prix, Scheckter took a dominant victory over the driver who thought he did not belong, Fittipaldi. Third place in the 1974 Italian Grand Prix at Monza had Sheckter in contention for the title heading into the final round.

For the last race, he needed to win with Clay Regazzoni and Fittipaldi finishing fourth and fifth or worst. Ultimately, Regazzoni and Scheckter had mechanical issues and the Brazilian took the title.

The 1975 season saw a struggling Tyrrell-Scheckter combo. Although Scheckter won the 1975 South African Grand Prix, his home race, that was only one of four point-scoring finishes for him during the year. Scheckter finished seventh in the championship with 20 points, but another title challenge was waiting for him in 1976.

Scheckter had a solid 1976 with a victory in the 1976 Swedish Grand Prix, five podiums and 11 top-five finishes in 16 races. However, even with such a good season, he only managed to finish a distant third in the WDC behind James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

For 1977, Scheckter moved to the Wolf team and surprised everyone with victory in the inaugural race of the season at Argentina. Another win, this time at Monaco, meant he finished in the podium in five of the first six races of the year and was the championship leader.

Four straight retirements —two due to mechanical issues and two crashes— after his Monaco win, hindered his championship chances. He finished on the podium three more times and won at Canada, but Lauda’s second title in three years was secured.

Nine podiums and three wins were good enough for second in the standings. A down 1978 with Wolf, scoring just four podiums and 24 points, preceded a move to Ferrari for 1979. After his first winless year since 1973, Scheckter took the Ferrari 312T4 and made the best of it.

The Flat 12 engine was efficient, the Grund Effect on the car was on point and the driver had the experience to compete for the main goal, the championship. After two tough South American rounds at Argentina and Brazil, Ferrari soon became the team to beat. Consecutive 1-2 finishes at South Africa and the US Grand Prix West —both led by Gilles Villeneuve— meant Ferrari had a solid year in front of them.

Though Villeneuve seemed faster than Scheckter, the South African had the experience and consistency. Consecutive wins at Belgium and Monaco gave the South African the championship lead after the first seven races —only the best four results in the first seven races counted towards the WDC and Scheckter had two wins and two second places—.

As Villeneuve had scored points only three times out of the first seven GPs, the advantage was on Scheckter’s side. In the remaining eight races, only the best four results mattered.

In the 1979 Italian Grand Prix, Scheckter led a 1-2 for Ferrari which sealed both the Drivers’ title for him and the Constructors’ Championship for the team. Villeneuve and Scheckter had a cordial season and the race at Italy just finished a perfect season for Ferrari.

In 1980, Ferrari had a dismal year without any podium finishes. As Scheckter finished 19th in the standings with just a couple of points, he retired from the sport. He has revealed that after seeing Cevert’s death in 1973, his participation in F1 was all about saving his life.

Having achieved the championship, he had nothing else to prove and was ready to enter other sorts of competitions: the business world. He had tremendous success in business in his post-racing life.

After entering the business side of life with a security company and selling it, farming became his life. He supported the racing careers of his sons Tomas and Toby.

The Scheckter family had racing written all over it, as Jody’s oldest brother Ian also competed in Formula 1 racing in the 1970s.

Scheckter’s title in 1979 was the last for a Ferrari driver until Michael Schumacher’s first championship with the team in 2000.

“I didn’t care —about his peers turning against him after the crash in the 1973 British Grand Prix—. I was just trying to win races and go as fast as I can so, they could say what they like. It didn’t hurt my feelings, as I remember.”

Seasons

 

Jody Scheckter Final Championship Results

197219731974197519761977197819791980
28th41st3rd7th3rd2nd7th1st19th

 

Jody Scheckter F1 Seasons Summary

YearTeamEngineGP1st2nd3rdPodPoleLapsFLAvg PtsPoints
1980 Italy Ferrari Ferrari130000065200.152
1979 Italy Ferrari Ferrari153306190704.0060
1978 Canada Wolf Ford160224078401.5024
1977 Canada Wolf Ford173249198823.2455
1976 United Kingdom Tyrrell Ford161405190713.0649
1975 United Kingdom Tyrrell Ford141113069501.4320
1974 United Kingdom Tyrrell Ford152226085523.0045
1973 United Kingdom McLaren Ford50000018900.000
1972 United Kingdom McLaren Ford1000005800.000

Cars

 

Latest Jody Scheckter F1 Cars


Races

 

Jody Scheckter F1 GP Race Classifications

1st10 Times
2nd14 Times
3rd9 Times
4th9 Times
5th7 Times
6th4 Times
7th3 Times
8th5 Times
9th4 Times
10th3 Times
11th2 Times
12th3 Times
13th3 Times
16th1 Time
DNF35 Times
DNQ1 Time

 

Jody Scheckter F1 GP Race Results

YearRaceNoTeamEngineGridPosRetiredPts
11319801980 USA Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari23110
11219801980 Canadian Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari0DNQNo Time0
11119801980 Italian Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari1680
11019801980 Dutch Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari1290
10919801980 Austrian Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari22130
10819801980 German Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari21130
10719801980 British Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari23100
10619801980 French Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari19120
10519801980 Monaco Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari17DNFHandling0
10419801980 Belgian Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari1480
10319801980 USA West Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari1652
10219801980 South African Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari9DNFEngine0
10119801980 Brazilian Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari8DNFEngine0
10019801980 Argentine Grand Prix result1FerrariFerrari11DNFEngine0
9919791979 USA Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari16DNFTyre0
9819791979 Canadian Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari943
9719791979 Italian Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari319
9619791979 Dutch Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari526
9519791979 Austrian Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari943
9419791979 German Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari543
9319791979 British Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari1152
9219791979 French Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari570
9119791979 Monaco Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari119
9019791979 Belgian Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari719
8919791979 Spanish Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari543
8819791979 USA West Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari326
8719791979 South African Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari226
8619791979 Brazilian Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari661
8519791979 Argentine Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari5DNFCollision0
8419781978 Canadian Grand Prix result20WolfFord226
8319781978 USA Grand Prix result20WolfFord1134
8219781978 Italian Grand Prix result20WolfFord9120
8119781978 Dutch Grand Prix result20WolfFord15120
8019781978 Austrian Grand Prix result20WolfFord7DNFAccident0
7919781978 German Grand Prix result20WolfFord426
7819781978 British Grand Prix result20WolfFord3DNFGearbox0
7719781978 French Grand Prix result20WolfFord761
7619781978 Swedish Grand Prix result20WolfFord6DNFOverheating0
7519781978 Spanish Grand Prix result20WolfFord943
7419781978 Belgian Grand Prix result20WolfFord5DNFSpun Off0
7319781978 Monaco Grand Prix result20WolfFord934
7219781978 USA West Grand Prix result20WolfFord10DNFAccident0
7119781978 South African Grand Prix result20WolfFord5DNFSpun Off0
7019781978 Brazilian Grand Prix result20WolfFord12DNFAccident0
6919781978 Argentine Grand Prix result20WolfFord15100
6819771977 Japanese Grand Prix result20WolfFord6100
6719771977 Canadian Grand Prix result20WolfFord919
6619771977 USA Grand Prix result20WolfFord934
6519771977 Italian Grand Prix result20WolfFord3DNFEngine0
6419771977 Dutch Grand Prix result20WolfFord1534
6319771977 Austrian Grand Prix result20WolfFord8DNFSpun Off0
6219771977 German Grand Prix result20WolfFord126
6119771977 British Grand Prix result20WolfFord4DNFEngine0
6019771977 French Grand Prix result20WolfFord8DNFAccident0
5919771977 Swedish Grand Prix result20WolfFord4DNFAccident0
5819771977 Belgian Grand Prix result20WolfFord4DNFEngine0
5719771977 Monaco Grand Prix result20WolfFord219
5619771977 Spanish Grand Prix result20WolfFord534
5519771977 USA West Grand Prix result20WolfFord334
5419771977 South African Grand Prix result20WolfFord526
5319771977 Brazilian Grand Prix result20WolfFord15DNFEngine0
5219771977 Argentine Grand Prix result20WolfFord1119
5119761976 Japanese Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord5DNFOverheating0
5019761976 USA Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord226
4919761976 Canadian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord743
4819761976 Italian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord252
4719761976 Dutch Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord852
4619761976 Austrian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord10DNFSuspension0
4519761976 German Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord826
4419761976 British Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord826
4319761976 French Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord961
4219761976 Swedish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord119
4119761976 Monaco Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord526
4019761976 Belgian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord743
3919761976 Spanish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord14DNFEngine0
3819761976 USA West Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord11DNFSuspension0
3719761976 South African Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord1243
3619761976 Brazilian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord1352
3519751975 USA Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord1061
3419751975 Italian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord480
3319751975 Austrian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord1080
3219751975 German Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord3DNFAccident0
3119751975 British Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord63Accident4
3019751975 French Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord290
2919751975 Dutch Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord416Engine0
2819751975 Swedish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord870
2719751975 Belgian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord926
2619751975 Monaco Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord770
2519751975 Spanish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord13DNFEngine0
2419751975 South African Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord319
2319751975 Brazilian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord8DNFOil leak0
2219751975 Argentine Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord9110
2119741974 USA Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord6DNFFuel System0
2019741974 Canadian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord3DNFBrakes0
1919741974 Italian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord1234
1819741974 Austrian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord5DNFEngine0
1719741974 German Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord426
1619741974 British Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord319
1519741974 French Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord743
1419741974 Dutch Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord552
1319741974 Swedish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord219
1219741974 Monaco Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord526
1119741974 Belgian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord234
1019741974 Spanish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord952
919741974 South African Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord880
819741974 Brazilian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord14130
719741974 Argentine Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord12DNFEngine0
619731973 USA Grand Prix result0McLarenFord10DNFSuspension0
519731973 Canadian Grand Prix result0McLarenFord3DNFAccident0
419731973 British Grand Prix result30McLarenFord6DNFCollision0
319731973 French Grand Prix result8McLarenFord2DNFAccident0
219731973 South African Grand Prix result7McLarenFord39Engine0
119721972 USA Grand Prix result21McLarenFord890

Podiums

 

Jody Scheckter F1 Podium Finishes

YearRaceNoTeamEngineGridPosRetiredPts
3319791979 Italian Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari319
3219791979 Dutch Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari526
3119791979 Monaco Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari119
3019791979 Belgian Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari719
2919791979 USA West Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari326
2819791979 South African Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari226
2719781978 Canadian Grand Prix result20WolfFord226
2619781978 USA Grand Prix result20WolfFord1134
2519781978 German Grand Prix result20WolfFord426
2419781978 Monaco Grand Prix result20WolfFord934
2319771977 Canadian Grand Prix result20WolfFord919
2219771977 USA Grand Prix result20WolfFord934
2119771977 Dutch Grand Prix result20WolfFord1534
2019771977 German Grand Prix result20WolfFord126
1919771977 Monaco Grand Prix result20WolfFord219
1819771977 Spanish Grand Prix result20WolfFord534
1719771977 USA West Grand Prix result20WolfFord334
1619771977 South African Grand Prix result20WolfFord526
1519771977 Argentine Grand Prix result20WolfFord1119
1419761976 USA Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord226
1319761976 German Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord826
1219761976 British Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord826
1119761976 Swedish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord119
1019761976 Monaco Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord526
919751975 British Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord63Accident4
819751975 Belgian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord926
719751975 South African Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord319
619741974 Italian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord1234
519741974 German Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord426
419741974 British Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord319
319741974 Swedish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord219
219741974 Monaco Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord526
119741974 Belgian Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord234

Poles

 

Jody Scheckter F1 Pole Positions

YearRaceNoTeamEngineGridPosRetiredPts
319791979 Monaco Grand Prix result11FerrariFerrari119
219771977 German Grand Prix result20WolfFord126
119761976 Swedish Grand Prix result3TyrrellFord119

Comparison

 

Jody Scheckter Teammate Comparison

SeasonTeamTeam MateBest PosPointsWinsPolesPositionQualifying
1972McLarenDenny Hulme930400000101
Peter Revson9180000001001
1973McLarenDenny Hulme930900010523
Peter Revson9102602000413
1974TyrrellEddie Keizan8140000001010
Patrick Depailler124514200196123
1975TyrrellIan Scheckter1209010001010
Jean-Pierre Jabouille9120000001010
Michel Leclère6201000001010
Patrick Depailler13201210007795
1976TyrrellAlessandro Pesenti-Rossi21110000003140
Ian Scheckter4253000001010
Kazuyoshi Hoshino12190000001010
Otto Stuppacher22711000003030
Patrick Depailler1249391010106610
1978WolfBobby Rahal21210000002020
Keke Rosberg2106000003140
1979FerrariGilles Villeneuve11605333117878
1980FerrariGilles Villeneuve5526000059113

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