BIOGRAPHY
Full Name Leif Conny Andersson
Nationality Swedish
Born 28 December 1939, Alingsås
Died
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PRE-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1972 Swedish F3 Championship 1st
1974 Swedish F3 Championship 1st
1975 European F3 Cup Rotel Racing 5 1 1 1 ? 14 2nd
1976 European F3 Championship March 9 6 4 7 ? 52 2nd
FORMULA 1 CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Best Finish F/L Pts DNFs
5 1 4 26/27 DNF 0 0 1
First Grand Prix Entry Last Grand Prix Entry
1976 Dutch Grand Prix 1977 French Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1976 Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth 3.0 V8 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1977 BRM P207 BRM 3.0 V12 0 0 0 0 0 0 NC

Conny Andersson, Surtees Ford Cosworth TS19 - 1976 Dutch Grand Prix


Biography

The son of a Nödinge garage owner, the likable and humour Andersson started out in motocross and worked in the family business, while also being a father to four daughters.

His first thoughts of a switch to four-wheel racing came with a visit to a race school at the Nürburgring where he sampled a Formula Vee car.  By this point, Andersson was in his late twenties, but scraped together enough money from wheeling and dealing second-hand cars to but himself a Brabham BT21 and enter a number of national Formula 3 races.

He won the Swedish Formula 3 Championship title in 1972 and repeated the feat in 1974, before embarking on a tilt at the European F3 Cup in his Rotel-sponsored March 753 Toyota.  He won the Monaco F3 race on the road, only to be stripped of victory for jumping the start.

Nonetheless, his Monaco performance caught the eye of John Surtees, who gave him an end-of-season test in one of his Formula 1 cars.  Andersson didn’t have the funds to land a full-time seat in 1976, so it was back to the European F3 Championship for another season.  Despite winning almost half the races that season, he was still pipped to the title by Riccardo Patrese.

Surtees offered Andersson a one-off drive at that year’s Dutch Grand Prix (pictured).  He made the qualifying cut, but his race lasted all of nine laps before his engine failed.

Unwilling to spend another year grafting away in Formula 3, Andersson raised enough money to drive with the Stanley-BRM concern in 1977.  A mere shadow of a once-great team, Andersson was saddled with the overweight and incredibly unreliable P207 which he was unable to qualify in any of his four outings thanks to a spate of engine failures and the unwieldy chassis.

Andersson opted to keep what little was left of his racing budget and called it a day, returning to run the family business.

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