OBSCURE F1 A-Z: HEINZ HARALD FRENTZEN
In this 26 part series of posts I will be going through the alphabet and for each letter, a profile piece on an obscure driver - some you may have heard of before some you may never knew even sat in an F1 car let alone raced one. I have chosen a driver for each letter choosing them based on their surnames.
Heinz Harald Frentzen raced at the pinnacle of motorsport for 10 years debuting in the 1994 season and eventually retiring from the sport in 2003. Frentzen's first race in F1 was at the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix where he finished an impressive fifth place behind Damon Hill and just 1.8 seconds of the eventual winner of that race Ayrton Senna.
During his time in F1 Frentzen raced for five teams including Sauber, Williams (pictured above), Jordan, Prost and Arrows. Entering 160 races and starting 156 - and in that time Frentzen achieved;
6 Fastest Laps
2 Pole Postions
and 174 career points.
The German nationals first win came four years after his debut at the 1997 San Marino Grand Prix where he stood on the podium alongside Micheal Schumacher and Eddie Irvine. His final win came just two years later at the 1999 Italian Grand Prix after Hakkinen spun out of the lead and Frentzen crossed the line to win the race closely followed by second placed David Coulthard and third placed Zanardi. Frentzen's last race was at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix where he managed just 12th, 2.1 seconds off the lead car (Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari).