Derek Daly, 1981

Former Grand Prix driver Derek Daly will make his debut on the FIA Stewards’ panel at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

A prodigious talent in the lower formulae, the Irishman drove for the likes of Hesketh, Ensign, Tyrrell, March (pictured above) and Williams in a career spanning 1978-82. Famous for a series of spectacular crashes during his Grand Prix career, his best results were a pair of fourth-placed finishes in 1980, although he was also one of five drivers who could have won the chaotic Monaco Grand Prix in 1982.

Daly hits team-mate Jarier at the 1980 Monaco GP Daly had this almight crash at the 1980 Dutch GP, caused by a suspension failure braking for the Tarzan corner

After F1, Daly dabbled in endurance racing, before forging himself a reputation as one of motorsport’s best commentators. Today, he lives in the United States, working as a motivational speaker while also overseeing the burgeoning career of his son Conor, who is currently achieving great success in the Indy Lights and GP3 championships.

Derek kindly afforded Richard’s F1 a lengthy interview last year, which you can read on our site by clicking here.

[Images via F1 Nostalgia]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.

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