H H Frentzen - Team SAUBER


Date of birth : 18 May 1967
Birthplace : Mönchengladbach
Marital status : Married to Tanya, 1 child
Height : 170 cm
Weight : 68 kg

Wins : 3
Points scored : 161
Number of GP : 143
Pole Position : 2
Podiums : 17
First GP : 1994 (Interlagos)
Best result : 1





P R O F I L E


Heinz-Harald Frentzen began his Formula1 career with Sauber, before moving to Williams after three seasons. His time with the British team was not his most successful as he found he could not get on with the impersonal atmosphere there, despite winning his maiden Grand Prix at San Marino in 1997 and finishing second in the championship the same year, when Michael Schumacher was disqualified.

In 1998 he made the podium only once with third in the first race at Melbourne. When Williams let him go, Eddie Jordan was there to slot him into the position left vacant by the discontented Ralf Schumacher. It proved an inspired decision.

In 1999 he really came into his own, as the Irish team's lead driver, Damon Hill, was experiencing a dip in performance. Frentzen took over as number one and won two Grands Prix, in France and Italy, helping the outfit secure their best ever result of third place in the constructors' league.

He outpaced his World Champion teammate, Damon Hill all season and 2000 saw the 1996 champion retiring, his empty seat taken by Italian driver, Jarno Trulli. Together the du had hoped to retain that their place Heinz had fought so hard to achieve, however constant reliability problems saw them drop back to sixth in the constructors championship with Heinz finishing ninth in the drivers battle.

With the addition of works Honda engines for 2001, Heinz-Harald was hoping he would be back at the front of the grid again, fighting to reclaim the positions lost last year. However after some dismal performances and some heavy shunts that saw him sit out the Canadian Grand Prix, the German was let go in a shock sacking right before his home Grand Prix at Hockenheim in July. Sitting the race out, he was soon contracted to Prost for the remaining five races after Jean Alesi took up residence in the EJ11 for Jordan. Unfortunately Prost fell into the hands of the receivers at the end of 2001 due to their dire financial problems and despite wanting to remain with the French outfit, Heinz moved on to the Orange Arrows outfit to partner Enrique Bernoldi for the 2002 season. 

Once again his season was thrown into turmoil after financial problems plagued the Walkinshaw run outfit and he eventually walked away from the team after they continued to sit out the scheduled races. A off on appearance in the American Grand Prix after Sauber Petronas' regular driver Felipe Massa was to be penalized for an incident at the Italian Grand Prix, led to a position with the Swiss based squad in 2003. 




C A R E E R  H I G H L I G H T S

2002 Placed 18th with 2 Points
2001 Scores six points for Jordan, before being controversially let-go and rounding off the season in a Prost.
 
2000 Second year with Jordan. He finishes 9th in the drivers' championship with 11 points and two third place finishes.
 
1999 Moved to Jordan. Two wins, in Italy and France, made this his best season in Formula1 with 3rd in the drivers title (in spite of the 2nd place he won in 1997 for Williams). Outshone team mate Hill throughout the season and scored points in more races than anyone except Irvine.
 
1998 Stays with Williams. Equal 7th in championship. His seventeen points were scored in seven separate races, his best effort being 3rd in Melbourne.
 
1997 First year with Williams. Finishes second in the Drivers' World Championship after Michael Schumacher is disqualified. Wins his maiden grand prix at San Marino.
 
1996 Collects seven championship points driving for Sauber-Ford and finishes 12th overall.
 
1995 Wins his first podium placing when he finishes third at the Italian Grand Prix with Sauber. Finishes 9th overall with 15 points.
 
1994 Makes his F1 debut driving for Sauber-Mercedes at the Brazilian grand prix.
 
1993 Competes in the Japanese Formula 3000 Championship and becomes test driver for Tyrrell Honda
 
1992 Finishes 13th at Le Mans before competing in three Japanese Formula Three Championship races.
 
1991 Competes in the International Formula 3000 Championship
 
1990 Finishes second at Donnington competing in the World Sports Prototype Championship. Collects three points for Jordan in the International Formula 3000 Championship.
 
1989 Formula Three runner-up to Karl Wendlinger in the German Championship, beating Michael Schumacher in the process.
 
1988 Formula Opel Lotus German Champion
 
1987 Competes in the Formula Ford 2000 German Championship for the second time, claiming runner-up spot.
 
1986 Makes his Formula Ford 2000 debut.





 

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