Ronnie Peterson (Race Car Driver)
Ronnie Peterson

Bengt Ronnie Peterson was a Swedish racing driver. Known by the nickname ‘SuperSwede’, he was a two-time runner-up in the FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. Peterson began his motor racing career in kart racing, traditionally the discipline where the majority of race drivers begin their careers in open-wheel racing. After winning a number of karting titles, including two Swedish titles in 1963 and 1964, he moved on to Formula Three, where he won the Monaco Grand Prix Formula Three support race for the 1969 Grand Prix. Later that year he won the FIA European Formula 3 Championship and moved up into Formula One, racing for the March factory team. In his three-year spell with the team, he took six podiums, most of which were scored during the 1971 Formula One season in which he also finished as runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship.

Born: February 14, 1944, Örebro, Sweden
Died: September 11, 1978, Milan, Italy
Nationality: Swedish
Active years: 1970–1978
Teams: March inc. non-works, Tyrrell, Lotus
Entries: 123
Championships: 0
Wins: 10
Podiums: 26
Career points: 206
Pole positions: 14
Fastest laps: 9
First entry: 1970 Monaco Grand Prix
First win: 1973 French Grand Prix
Last win: 1978 Austrian Grand Prix
Last entry: 1978 Italian Grand Prix

About Ronnie Peterson

Late Swedish race car driver who won a total of ten Grand Prix races during his career. He died in an accident at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.

Before Fame

He was a kart racer before competing in Formula Three.


A statue of him was erected in his honor at Orebro, Sweden.

Family Life

His daughter, Nina Kennedy, opened the Ronnie Peterson Museum in 2008.


He was teammates with famed Italian driver Mario Andretti, who won the race Peterson died in.

Information related to Ronnie Peterson

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