77FR-Andersson Former Grand Prix driver Conny Andersson is turning 71 today!

At age 29, Swedish-born Andersson was quite a later starter in motorsport, and he found himself stuck on the treadmill of the Formula 3 scene for seven years in the mid-1970s, narrowly missing out to Riccardo Patrese on winning the 1976 European title.

But his efforts were enough to see him offered a one-off drive with Surtees at the 1976 Dutch Grand Prix, where he qualified 26th and retired with an engine failure.

Not wanting to drop back to F3 yet again, Andersson had another crack at F1 with the Stanley BRM outfit in 1977, but it was an uncompetitive prospect and he called it a day after four DNQs.

[Original image via F1 Nostalgia]

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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.