Manfred Winkelhock

Manfred Winkelhock. Copyright Adrian, the owner of www.f1racing.ch, 2010. Used with permission.

Manfred Winkelhock. Copyright Adrian Wirz (www.f1racing.ch), 2010. Used with permission.


06 Oct 1951
Waiblingen, nr. Stuttgart


12 Aug 1985
Toronto, Canada



Grands Prix:

47 (1980-1985)

F2 starts:

30 (1978-1981)

Fast, but erratic driver, often in sportscars as well as Formula 1. Was also good in Formula 2 and touring cars, although the major wins largely eluded him. Mechanically minded, he was the father of Markus. Died in a sportscar crash at the Mosport circuit. He was encouraged by friends to take up racing in 1976 and competed in the Volkswagen Scirocco Cup, becoming champion in his first racing season. He soon got a contract for BMW in touring cars and this affiliation also helped him get a Formula 2 drive. The BMW links helped Manfred also find a few seats in Formula 1, but he didn't really have a great deal of success in the category.

Biography last updated 11 Mar 2016