Former Grand Prix driver Philippe Streiff (pictured with Lewis Hamilton) is turning 55 today!

The lanky Frenchman started in 53 Grands Prix between 1984 and 1988 (finishing Philippe Streiffonce on the podium) before a pre-race testing accident at Rio de Janeiro behind the wheel of an AGS in 1989 saw him confined to a wheelchair.

Despite initially being completely paralysed, constant physiotherapy and rehabilitation has seen Philippe regain the use of his upper limbs, and in spite of his disability he is a proven and successful businessman in his own right. The organiser of the annual Bercy charity karting event, Philippe also runs a company responsible for converting vehicles for the use by handicapped drivers.

[Original image via Hello F1]

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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.