Bertrand GachotThe rather reclusive Bertrand Gachot made a welcome visit to the Montreal paddock on Saturday.

The former F1 driver made 47 Grand Prix starts between 1989 and 1994 for very back-of-the-grid marques such as Onyx, Rial, Coloni, Larrousse, Venturi and Pacific, which was interrupted by a single brilliant season with the debutant Jordan outfit in 1991.

Perhaps he has fond memories of the Canadian circuit, for it is where he achieved his (and Jordan’s) first points’ result with a fifth-placed finish! In saying that, however, the following year, he retired after colliding with his Venturi-Larrouse team-mate Ukyo Katayama!

Sadly, Bertrand’s rise to F1 fame in 1991 became something of a fall into disgrace, because he was charged and found guilty of assaulting a London taxi driver with a CS gas canister and sentenced at Her Majesty’s pleasure mid-season. His incarceration (which he later appealed, successfully) resulted in the F1 debut of one M. Schumacher Esq. with the Jordan outfit at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix.

And the rest, as they say, is history!

[Original image via AUTOSPORT]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.