Derek Daly, Detroit, Williams-Cosworth, 1982

Derek Daly

Unfortunately for Derek Daly, his most memorable moment as a Formula One driver came when he launched his Tyrrell on top of his rivals at Sainte Devote on the first lap of the 1980 Monaco Grand Prix. It earned him a ferocious dressing-down from team principal Ken Tyrrell, not least because one of the cars he landed on was that of team mate Jean-Pierre Jarier.

The Formula Two race-winner had made his grand prix debut two years earlier in a Hesketh which he tried to qualify on three occasions without success. A switch to an Ensign proved more rewarding and he snuck a point for sixth place in the last race of the 1978 season.

Plugging on with Ensign for 1979 he tended to race at the back on the few occasions he was able to get the car on the grid. Then Tyrrell showed interest, running him in the final three rounds and giving him a full year’s deal for 1980.

Fourth place first time out in Argentina was a promising start, but after that Monaco crash he only added a further three points to his tally. March picked him up for 1981 and he found himself back among the non-qualifiers to begin with. Matters improved in the second half of the year and he finished one place outside of the points at Silverstone, but that was as good as it got.

He seemed destined to remain among the tail-enders in 1982, which he began at Theodore. But Carlos Reutemann’s abrupt retirement meant Williams found themselves seeking a replacement at short notice, and Daly got the call.

He had little time to acclimatise to the FW08, but while team mate Keke Rosberg grabbed the title Daly placed no better than fifth. Jacques Laffite was given his place for 1983 and Daly’s time as an F1 driver was over.

He moved on to IndyCars and later raced for Jaguar’s works team at Le Mans.