Jochen Mass

Intro German racecar driver
A.K.A. Jochen Richard Mass
Is Racecar driver Formula One driver
From Germany
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 30 September 1946, Dorfen, Germany
Star sign Libra

Jochen Richard Mass (born 30 September 1946) is a German former racing driver.

Life and career

Mass driving for Surtees at the 1974 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch Born in Dorfen, Bavaria, Mass participated in 114 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 14 July 1973 at the British Grand Prix. He won one GP race (1975 Spanish Grand Prix), secured no pole positions, achieved 8 podiums and scored a total of 71 championship points. Mass is perhaps best known for his blameless part in the death of Gilles Villeneuve. On 8 May 1982, with only 10 minutes left until the end of the qualifying session for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder, Villeneuve collided with Mass while attempting to overtake him. As Villeneuve came up behind Mass exiting a super-fast left turn, Jochen moved to the right hand side of the track to let Villeneuve through. Villeneuve had already committed to the right hand side and the two cars touched wheels, launching the helpless Canadian skyward. Villeneuve's car hit the ground nose-first and was then torn apart in a series of violent cartwheels. His seat was dislodged and he was flung from his car, landing heavily among the catch fencing at the opposite side of the track. Mass stopped his car, jumped out and ran back to Villeneuve's wrecked car, but there was nothing he could have done. Villeneuve was flown to hospital and taken off life-support later that evening. After leaving the Formula One circuit, Mass enjoyed great success in sports car racing, gaining international prominence with his performance during the European Touring Car Championship in the early 1970s. In 1972, he teamed up with Hans-Joachim Stuck to drive a Ford Capri RS2600 to victory at the Spa 24 Hours endurance race in Belgium. He went on to win that year's World Sportscar Championship. He finished second to Clay Regazzoni and Arturo Merzario in a November 1972 9-hour race at the Kyalami Circuit, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mass' co-driver in a Chevron B-21 was Gerry Birrell. Mass, driving a Surtees TS-15, tied with Jean Pierre Beltoise in qualifying for the Jim Clark Memorial Formula Two auto race in April 1973 held at Hockenheim, both drivers recording times of 2 minutes, 2.8 seconds, for an average of 124.3 miles per hour. Mass placed second to Jean-Pierre Jarier in a Formula Two race at Nivelles, in June 1973. He had finished second in the first heat and third in the second. He completed his first Formula One race at the 1973 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Mass came in seventh in a Surtees. He drove a McLaren-Ford to third place in the 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Mass won the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix after leader, Rolf Stommelen's car hit a protective barrier, exploded into flames and catapulted into the crowd at the Montjuich circuit. Four spectators were killed and twelve were injured. Stommelen suffered multiple fractures and was in a critical condition after the accident. Mass was declared the winner in his Texaco McLaren-Ford, when the race was stopped immediately after the accident. Merzario and Mass led an Alfa Romeo sweep of the first two positions in the 1975 Coppa Florio manufacturers championship automobile race at Pergusa. Mass was third in the 1975 French Grand Prix at Le Castellet. On lap 44 he broke the record set by Denny Hulme, clocking a time of 1:50.60 over the 3.61-mile circuit. Mass and Jacky Ickx teamed in a Porsche to claim victory in the Dijon Six-Hour Race. Mass won the eighth and final race of the 1976 World Sports Car Championship series. He completed the 4.2 kilometre, Salzburg course in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 25.24 seconds, with an average speed of 125 m.p.h. Mass and Ickx drove a Porsche 935 in the 1977 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. Mass was clocked at 126.477 m.p.h. around the 3.84 mile Daytona road course. Mass won both 20-lap heats of the 1977 Jim Clark Memorial race in Hockenheim. He drove a March-BMW. Mass' Arrows turned over several times at the 1980 Austrian Grand Prix at Zeltweg. He bruised his neck and wrenched a vertebra but was able to leave the hospital. Mass was convinced to stop racing Formula One cars after an accident with Mauro Baldi at the 1982 French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard. His March and the Arrows of Baldi touched at maximum speeds, both cars flying off the track and through a containment fence. Mass's car continued, hitting a tyre-lined guardrail. The March finally came to rest upside down and on fire, almost halfway into a spectator area. Amazingly he escaped with light burns only, and Baldi was uninjured. Among his many victories, in 1985 he won the Circuito del Mugello 1,000 km race in Italy driving a Porsche 962C and in 1987 partnered with Bobby Rahal to claim victory at the 1987 12 Hours of Sebring race. Mass and Bobby Rahal combined to win the Champion Spark Plug Grand Prix at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Driving a Porsche 962, they inherited the lead 18 laps from the end. Mass won the most prestigious endurance race of all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1989 driving a Sauber Mercedes C9. It was the second triumph for Mercedes-Benz at Le Mans, their previous win having come in 1952. Jochen Mass now drives the Mercedes-Benz museum's historic cars. In the 2004 Mille Miglia, he drove the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that Stirling Moss had driven to victory in the 1955 race. To raise money for charity, the passenger seat next to him was auctioned off to the highest bidder. From 1994 to 1998, he also announced the Formula One races for German broadcaster RTL. Mass played himself in Ron Howard's 2013 film Rush.

Racing record

Complete European Formula Two Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Pts
1972 STP March Racing Team March 722 Ford BDA MAL THR HOCRet PAURet PAL HOC ROURet ÖST IMO MAN PER SAL ALB HOC 27th 1
1973 Team Surtees FINA Surtees TS15 Ford BDA MALRet HOCRet THRDSQ NÜRRet PAU KIN1 NIV2 HOC1 ROU2 MNZRet MAN2 KAR PER3 SAL NOR ALB VALRet 2nd 42
1976 Project Four Racing March 762 Lancia-Ferrari HOCDNQ THR VAL SAL PAU NC 0
Willi Kauhsen Racing Team March 762 Hart HOCRet ROU MUG PER EST NOG
Fred Opert Racing Chevron B40 BMW HOC6
1977 March Racing Ltd Yardley March 772P BMW SIL THR HOC1 NÜR1 VAL PAU MUG ROU NOG PER MIS EST DON NC 0
1978 ICI Chevron Cars Chevron B42 Hart THR12 HOC7 NÜR8 PAU MUG VAL ROU DON NOG PER MIS HOC NC 0

Graded drivers not eligible for European Formula Two Championship points

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. ClassPos.
1972 Ford Motor Company Deutschland Hans-Joachim Stuck Ford Capri 2600RS S3.0 152 DNF DNF
1978 Martini Racing Porsche System Jacky Ickx Henri Pescarolo Porsche 936/78 S+2.0 255 DNF DNF
1981 Porsche System Vern Schuppan Hurley Haywood Porsche 936 S+2.0 312 12th 2nd
1982 Rothmans Porsche System Vern Schuppan Porsche 956 C 356 2nd 2nd
1983 Rothmans Porsche Stefan Bellof Porsche 956 C 281 DNF DNF
1985 Rothmans Porsche Jacky Ickx Porsche 962C C1 348 10th 10th
1986 Rothmans Porsche Bob Wollek Vern Schuppan Porsche 962C C1 180 DNF DNF
1987 Rothmans Porsche AG Bob Wollek Vern Schuppan Porsche 962C C1 16 DNF DNF
1988 Team Sauber Mercedes Mauro Baldi James Weaver Sauber C9-Mercedes-Benz C1 DNS DNS
1989 Team Sauber Mercedes Manuel Reuter Stanley Dickens Sauber C9-Mercedes-Benz C1 389 1st 1st
1991 Team Sauber Mercedes Jean-Louis Schlesser Alain Ferté Mercedes-Benz C11 C2 319 DNF DNF
1995 West Competition David Price Racing John Nielsen Dr. Thomas Bscher McLaren F1 GTR GT1 131 DNF DNF

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1973 Team Surtees Surtees TS14A Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBRRet NED GER7 AUT ITA CAN USARet NC 0
1974 Team Surtees Surtees TS16 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARGRet BRA17 RSARet ESPRet BELRet MONDNS SWERet NEDRet FRARet GBR14 GERRet AUT ITA NC 0
Yardley McLaren McLaren M23 CAN16 USA7
1975 Marlboro Team Texaco McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG14 BRA3 RSA6 ESP MON6 BELRet SWERet NEDRet FRA3 GBR7 GERRet AUT ITARet USA3 8th 20
1976 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA6 RSA3 USW5 ESPRet BEL6 MON5 SWE11 FRA15 GBRRet GER3 AUT7 ITARet CAN5 USA4 JPNRet 9th 19
McLaren M26 NED9
1977 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARGRet BRARet RSA5 USWRet ESP4 MON4 BELRet SWE2 FRA9 6th 25
McLaren M26 GBR4 GERRet AUT6 NEDRet ITA4 USARet CAN3 JPNRet
1978 ATS Racing ATS HS1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG11 BRA7 RSARet USWRet MONDNQ BEL11 ESP9 SWE13 FRA13 GBRNC GERRet AUTDNQ NEDDNQ ITA USA CAN NC 0
1979 Warsteiner Arrows Arrows A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG8 BRA7 RSA12 USW9 ESP8 BELRet MON6 18th 3
Arrows A2 FRA15 GBRRet GER6 AUTRet NED6 ITARet CANDNQ USADNQ
1980 Warsteiner Arrows Arrows A3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARGRet BRA10 RSA6 USW7 BELRet MON4 FRA10 GBR13 GER8 AUTDNQ NEDDNS ITA CAN11 USARet 17th 4
1982 March Grand Prix March 821 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA12 BRA8 USW8 SMR BELRet MONDNQ DET7 CAN11 NEDRet GBR10 FRARet GER AUT SUI ITA CPL NC 0

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete Formula One non-championship results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3
1974 Team Surtees Surtees TS16 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 PRE4 ROCDNS INT2
1975 Marlboro Team Texaco McLaren M23 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROCRet INT SUI3
1979 Warsteiner Arrows Arrows A1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC4 GNM DIN
1980 Warsteiner Arrows Arrows A3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ESP2
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