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Historic

Tyrrell

British

  • Tyrrell Racing Organisation Official Name
  • Ockham, United Kingdom Base
  • 1970 F1 Debut
  • Ken Tyrrell Team Boss
  • Derek Gardner Technical Chief
  • 1 World Championships

​​​​The Tyrrell Racing Organisation, founded by Ken Tyrrell in 1958, stands as one of the most historic teams in F1 history. Initially, the team made its mark in Formula 3, Formula 2, and Formula Junior series before stepping up to F1 in 1968.

Notable Team Members and Drivers

Ken Tyrrell (Founder and Team Principal): Ken Tyrrell was the founding figure behind the Tyrrell Racing Organisation. Starting as a timber merchant, he moved into motorsport first as a driver before becoming a team owner and manager. Under his leadership, Tyrrell entered Formula 1 in 1968.

Jackie Stewart (Driver): Sir Jackie Stewart, also known as the “Flying Scot,” was one of the most successful drivers for Tyrrell. Stewart won three World Drivers’ Championships in 1969, 1971, and 1973, all while driving for Tyrrell.

Derek Gardner (Chief Designer): Derek Gardner was the engineering mastermind behind some of Tyrrell’s most innovative cars. He joined the team in 1969 and was responsible for designing the Tyrrell 001, 002, and 003 cars, among others. Perhaps his most famous creation was the Tyrrell P34, the only six-wheeled car ever to win a Formula One Grand Prix.

The team’s approach to car design and strategy was evident from its early seasons, which made a huge impact on the grid. In 1971, Tyrrell introduced the 003 model, powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV engine and driven by Jackie Stewart; the team dominated the season, clinching both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships. While the car was superior to most, it was also Stewart’s exceptional driving skills that led the Tyrrell team to new heights.

Tyrrell’s continued innovation was further demonstrated in 1976 with the introduction of the P34, the only six-wheeled car in F1 history to win a Grand Prix. The P34, with its four small front wheels designed to reduce air resistance and improve grip, remains one of the most distinctive and innovative cars in the sport’s history. Although the six-wheeled design was eventually banned, the Tyrrell P34 will be remembered as pushing the boundaries of conventional design.

Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Tyrrell remained a formidable force in Formula One, with drivers such as Jody Scheckter, Patrick Depailler, and Michele Alboreto achieving significant success. However, the team faced increasing challenges in the mid-1980s as F1 changed. The introduction of turbocharged engines and aerodynamic advancements led to increased competition, and Tyrrell struggled to keep pace with these changes and the financial resources it required.

Despite these challenges, Tyrrell remained in Formula One, often focusing on developing young talent. The team was known for its ability to identify and nurture promising drivers, including notable drivers such as Jean Alesi, who cut his teeth in F1 with the team in 1989.

In the late 1990s, the financial pressures and competitive challenges facing independent teams like Tyrrell became too great. In 1998, the team was sold to British American Tobacco. It was rebranded as British American Racing for the 1999 season, marking the end of the Tyrrell Racing Organisation’s involvement in Formula One.

Tyrrell Racing F1 Legacy

The lineage of the 2009 double championship-winning Brawn GP team and the current Mercedes team can trace their origins back to Tyrrell through a series of transformations involving BAR and Honda Racing F1.

BAR’s acquisition of the Tyrrell F1 team marked a departure from the original Tyrrell setup, adopting a new factory, chassis builder, and engine. The equipment and cars from Tyrrell’s era found a new home with Paul Stoddart, who would later become the owner of the Minardi F1 team.

The transition to Brawn GP was initiated by Ross Brawn through a management buyout of the Honda F1 team for the 2009 season. During this period, there was a momentary consideration for reviving the Tyrrell name for the new team.

As of the 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the legacy of Tyrrell, through its successors, boasts an impressive tally of 125 Grand Prix victories, 8 Drivers’ championships (with Brawn securing one in 2009 and Mercedes claiming the title from 2014 to 2020), and 9 Constructors’ championships (one with Brawn in 2009 and the remainder with Mercedes from 2014 to 2021).

The 2-seater F1 cars operated by Minardi, a modification of the 1998 Tyrrell 026 design, still grace tracks today. Their unique nose design is particularly notable during demonstrations, including their recent appearance at the inauguration of the Yas Marina F1 track.

Ken Tyrrell, the visionary behind the original Tyrrell Racing Organisation, passed away from cancer on 25 August 2001 at 77 years old.

Tyrrell Racing Formula One World Championship Records

First entry1970 Monaco Grand Prix
Races entered434
Constructors’ Championships1 (1971)
Drivers’ Championships2 (1971, 1973)
Race victories23
Podiums77
Points711
Pole positions14
Fastest laps20
Final entry1998 Japanese Grand Prix

Tyrrell Racing Drivers’ Champions

The following drivers won the Formula One Drivers’ Championship for Tyrrell Racing.

DriverNationalityChampionship Year
Jackie StewartBritish1971
Jackie StewartBritish1973

Tyrrell Championship Results

YearCarDriversPointsWCC
1970March 701
001
Jackie Stewart
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
110th
1971001
002
003
Peter Revson
Francois Cevert
Jackie Stewart
731st
1972002
003
004
005
006
Patrick Depailler Francois Cevert
Jackie Stewart
512nd
1973005
006
Chris Amon
Eddie Keizan
Francois Cevert
Jackie Stewart
822nd
1974005
006
007
Eddie Keizan
Jody Scheckter
Patrick Depailler
523rd
1975007Michel Leclere
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Ian Scheckter
Jody Scheckter
Patrick Depailler
255th
1976007
P34
Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Otto Stuppacher
Sandro Pesenti-Rossi
Ian Scheckter
Jody Scheckter
Patrick Depailler
713rd
1977P34Kunimitsu Takahashi
Patrick Depailler
Ronnie Peterson
276th
1978008Didier Pironi
Patrick Depailler
384th
1979009Derek Daly
Geoff Lees
Didier Pironi
Jean-Pierre Jarier
285th
1980009
010
Mike Thackwell
Derek Daly
Jean-Pierre Jarier
126th
1981010
011
Michele Alboreto
Ricardo Zunino
Eddie Cheever
Kevin Cogan
1010th
1982011Brian Henton
Michele Alboreto
Slim Borgudd
256th
1983011
012
Danny Sullivan
Michele Alboreto
127th
1984012Mike Thackwell
Stefan Johansson
Martin Brundle
Stefan Bellof
1985012
014
Philippe Streiff
Ivan Capelli
Stefan Bellof
Martin Brundle
Stefan Johansson
49th
1986014
015
Martin Brundle
Philippe Streiff
117th
1987DG016Jonathan Palmer
Philippe Streiff
116th
1988017Jonathan Palmer
Julian Bailey
58th
1989017B
018
Johnny Herbert
Jean Alesi
Jonathan Palmer
Michele Alboreto
165th
1990018
019
Jean Alesi
Satoru Nakajima
165th
1991020Satoru Nakajima
Stefano Modena
126th
1992020BAndrea de Cesaris
Olivier Grouillard
86th
1993020C
021
Andrea de Cesaris
Ukyo Katayama
1994022Mark Blundell
Ukyo Katayama
137th
1995023Gabriele Tarquini
Mika Salo
Ukyo Katayama
59th
1996024Mika Salo
Ukyo Katayama
58th
1997025Jos Verstappen
Mika Salo
210th
1998026Ricardo Rosset
Toranosuke Takagi

Tyrrell Drivers

Driver Nationality Current/Last Team F1 Debut Status
British Tyrrell 1965 South African Grand Prix F1 Legend

Previous/Next Team Names

Team Nationality Debut Season Status
Brawn GP British 2009 Historic
Mercedes German 1954 Current