David Piper

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David Piper
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David Piper in 2011
Born (1930-12-02) 2 December 1930 (age 88)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality United Kingdom British
Active years 19591960
Teams non-works Lotus
Entries 3 (2 starts, 1 finish)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1959 British Grand Prix
Last entry 1960 British Grand Prix

David Piper (born 2 December 1930)[1] is a British former Formula One and sports car racing driver from England. He participated in 3 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 18 July 1959. He scored no championship points.

Racing career

Early career and Formula One

Piper was born in Edgware, Middlesex[1] and began his career in the mid-1950s by competing in sprints and hill-climbs, before beginning circuit racing with a Lotus Eleven.[2] He then moved up to a Lotus 16 which he used in 1959 and 1960 to compete in both Formula One and Formula Two,[2] by means of changing engines as appropriate.[2] His best result with the car was a second place in the Lady Wigram Trophy, in 1960, behind Jack Brabham in a Cooper.[2]

In 1961, Piper competed in European Formula Junior alongside Jo Siffert but drove the Gilby F1 car in the Gold Cup.[2] He also competed in non-championship races in 1962, but had become disenchanted with single-seater racing and moved into sports car racing initially with a Ferrari GTO.[2]

Later career

Between 1962 and 1970, Piper raced frequently in many locations worldwide using his personally owned Ferraris and, later, Porsches. He was moderately successful and gained a reputation for reliability and consistency.[2]

Piper crashed his Porsche 917 during the shooting of the film Le Mans and lost part of one leg, but returned to race his green 917 and other cars in historic events.[2]

Complete Formula One World Championship results


Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WDC Points
1959 Dorchester Service Station Lotus 16 (F2) Climax 1.5l Straight-4 MON 500 NED FRA GBR
1960 Robert Bodle Ltd. Lotus 16 Climax 2.5l Straight-4 ARG MON 500 NED BEL FRA



  1. 1.0 1.1 Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 292. ISBN 0851127029.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>