Elio de Angelis made his Grand Prix debut with Shadow In 1979 thanks to backing from his family, and after scoring points in the final round moved to Lotus in 1980.
He spent six seasons with Colin Chapman’s team, partnering Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna. In 1982 he took his first Grand Prix win, holding off Keke Rosberg by just a tenth of a second at the Osterreichring.
A second followed in 1985 after Alain Prost was disqualified from the San Marino Grand Prix. But this was his first season alongside Senna and as the team embraced the charismatic Brazilian, de Angelis switched to Brabham-BMW.
It was a fateful decision. The low-profile BT55 was hopeless and then, while testing at Paul Ricard, de Angelis crashed and died, trapped in the burning car. His death outraged and saddened the F1 community, who mourned a much-loved driver.