Birthday: 22 February 1949 (age 68)
Active years: 1971–1979, 1982–1985
Teams: March, BRM, Ferrari, Brabham, McLaren
Entries: 177 (171 starts)
Championships: 3 (1975, 1977, 1984)
Career points: 420.5
Pole positions: 24
Fastest laps: 24
First entry: 1971 Austrian Grand Prix
First win: 1974 Spanish Grand Prix
Last win: 1985 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry: 1985 Australian Grand Prix
A Swedish-Swiss Racing Team⬇
Ecurie Bonnier, Ecurie Suisse, Joakim Bonnier Racing Team and Anglo-Suisse Racing Team.
All of these names had racing team of Jo Bonnier. He founded it 1957. Mainly he used Lola race car,because he was Lola importer, but there were also cars from other brands.
From 1957 launched Bonnier under his own name on a Maserati 250F in the Formula 1 without much success, recording only 2 non-points scoring finishes from his 6 WC entries in 1957/58. However, with strong performances in other races Bonnier attracted the attention of more established teams, and over the next seven years principally drove for the works BRM & Porsche teams & Rob Walker’s highly organised privateer outfit.
In 1966 he returned to his own team, now Anglo-Suisse Racing Team. On Cooper, Brabham & Mclaren he scored only a few points in the next years. Having failed to even qualify at some races, Bonnier decided to quit Formula One for good at the end of 1971.
Also in ‘66, Bonnier entered in F2 for Jo Siffert. Siffert, Giancarlo Baghetti, Helmut Marko & a few Swedish drivers didn’t bring much success. So this project was finished.
But in sportscar racing the team had moresuccess. They took several class wins in the late 60s & early 70s. Although the team owner JoBo was driving on Scuderia Filipinetti often.
In 1968 the Ecurie Bonnier/ Suisse Swedish racing yellow, but retained vestiges of the previous year’s Anglo-Suisse identity with longitudinal white and red stripes along their centre line.
For 1970 Ecurie Suisse took a new route. Rather than just fielding large capacity sports cars, the team decided to concentrate on the 2,000cc class. Retaining the Ecurie Suisse yellow livery, but running under the Ecurie Bonnier moniker, the little Lola T210 provided excellent results, with Bonnier taking class wins in the Salzburgring, Anderstorp, Hockenheim & Enna rounds of the European Sportscar Championship(ESC), in addition to second places at Paul Ricard & Spa. This secured the series title for Jo.
In 1972 they could finally engage with the Lola at Le Mans after the overall victory. But team boss Bonnier crashed fatally.
His team still appeared to 1973 in sports car racing.
start of the final Belgian Grand Prix held at the old Francorhamps track, June 7th 1970
pole was set by Jackie Stewart, but Chris Amon beat the lap record during the race & set the fastest time ever recorded by a F1 car at 3:27.4 (244,5kph average) - even with a new chicane introduced at Malmédy! the race was won by Pedro Rodriguez in the Yardley BRM P153