Heinz-Harald Frentzen


  • Mönchengladbach, West German Place of Birth
  • 18 May 1967 Date of Birth
  • 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix F1 Debut
  • Arrows Current/Last Team

Heinz-Harald Frentzen achieved F1 success with Williams in the 1990s, although he did not fulfil the lofty expectations set for him early in his career.

BornHeinz-Harald Frentzen
18 May 1967
Mönchengladbach, West German

Before his Formula 1 debut, Frentzen was a notable part of Mercedes‘ esteemed junior driving team, which included Michael Schumacher and Karl Wendlinger. While Schumacher made his F1 debut in 1991, Frentzen had to wait until 1994 to get his chance.

Frentzen joined Formula 1 with Sauber in 1994 and soon attracted the attention of Frank Williams, who signed him in 1995 to replace Damon Hill at the end of the 1996 season.

Hill’s upcoming exit stirred controversy in 1996, especially as he was en route to winning the world championship. Nonetheless, Frentzen took his place beside Jacques Villeneuve in 1997.

In the 1997 world championship, Frentzen finished second to his teammate, a position he inherited after Schumacher was disqualified for a collision with Villeneuve in the final race. Frentzen secured a lone victory at Imola but was generally slower than Villeneuve.

The team struggled in 1998 due to new technical regulations, leading to a winless season for both drivers, who left at its end.

While Villeneuve, heading to BAR, never won another race, Frentzen revitalised his career with Jordan. He claimed two victories in 1999, nearly winning the championship.

However, in 2000, his new teammate Jarno Trulli challenged him closely, and by mid-2001, Frentzen was dismissed. He finished the season with Prost, impressively qualifying fourth at that year’s 2001 Belgian Grand Prix for the troubled team, which ceased operations at the season’s end.

Frentzen’s next move was to the financially troubled Arrows team in 2002. Despite showing promise, the team exited after the 2002 British Grand Prix.

He returned to Sauber for a final season in 2003, achieving a podium in his second-to-last race before being replaced by Felipe Massa in 2004. Frentzen then competed in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) and later in the GT series.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen Formula One World Championship career

F1 Career1994–2003
TeamsSauber, Williams, Jordan, Prost, Arrows
Entries160 (156 starts)
Championships0 (2nd in 1997)
Career points174
Pole positions2
Fastest laps6
First entry1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
First win1997 San Marino Grand Prix
Last win1999 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry2003 Japanese Grand Prix



Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
Italian Sauber 1980 Canadian Grand Prix Died
British Jaguar 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix Retired
Canadian Sauber 1996 Australian Grand Prix F1 Legend
British Williams 1992 Spanish Grand Prix F1 Legend
Italian Lotus Racing 1997 Australian Grand Prix Retired
German Renault 2000 Australian Grand Prix Retired


Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Sauber Swiss 1993 Current
Williams British 1978 Current
Jordan Grand Prix Irish 1991 Historic
Prost French 1997 Historic
Arrows British 1978 Historic