Did this drawing on A4 paper, using pencils only from 2H to 6B this time.
Elio de Angelis was an Italian Formula one driver in the turbo era. He came from a rich family, was incredibly well-mannered and was seen as one of the true iconic "gentleman" racers in the autosport. On top of that he was a very talented racer, one who quickly crushed the stereotype of 'rich drivers buying an F1 seat without knowing how to drive'.
Elio de Angelis' career was most known for his 6 year stint at Lotus. The black and gold John Player Special livery was an intimidating combination with de Angelis' characteristic Simpson Bandit helmet. While Lotus being far from competitive in those years, it didn't stop him winning the '82 Austrian Grand Prix and the '85 Grand Prix of San Marino.
De Angelis' career unfortunately came towards an end in the early part of the 1986 season. A test in the Brabham BT55 went horribly wrong as the rear wing of the Brabham detached at the high speed section of Paul Ricard. The car lost all control and contact with the road surface and flipped over the barriers. The impact itself was not that severe, though the vehicle caught fire and the marshals were no where to be seen.
Elio de Angelis lost the battle for his life 29 hours later, at the age of 28, in the hospital of Marseille.
His legacy kept on long past his death. De Angelis would always be remembered as a well-mannered gentleman, a quick racer and also a very talented pianist. No one would forget the notes he personally composed for his fellow Formula one drivers in that hotel in South Africa during the driver association strikes in 1982.
That '86 Brabham BT55 was actually a revolutionary machine that set the blueprint for modern-day Formula one cars with its incredibly low profile.
It was designed by South African Gordon Murray. He was so determined to for its new design to be implemented on the Brabham, that its greatest advantage also became its Achilles' heel.
The car was so low, that the BMW M12/13T 1.5l straight-4 Turbo engine could not fit in the car. The engine block was tilted to an angle for it to fit. The problem that occurred was that during corners, the g-force the vehicle raised, actually pushed back all the oil from the cylinder heads back into the oil carter. The vehicles suffered from a lack of lubrication and overheating, due to the miss of oil.
Elio de Angelis finished one of the four races. Riccardo Patrese finished five out of fifteen races. Derek Warwick four out of ten...Seems oil is a vital part of a combustion engine after all...
The design of the car went on to live a succesfull second-life when McLaren copied it with their McLaren MP4/4, winning fifteen out of the sixteen races in the 1988 season...