Ever wished to know easy methods to grasp the Nurburgring Nordschleife, why huge sneakers make you go sooner and why it’s best to all the time double-check what’s in your eyedrops? Legendary French System 1 driver Jacques Laffite, synonymous with Ligier and Williams, tells all on this week’s Past The Grid podcast.
At 77 years previous, Laffite lives in Paris now and is as full of life and hilarious as ever, regaling podcast host Tom Clarkson with loads of sensible tales from his System 1 profession, which yielded six wins, 32 podiums and 7 poles – and all that regardless of the actual fact he solely began racing on the age of 25.
From taking a shocking podium on the full Nurburgring Nordschleife in 1975 to turning as much as the 1984 Dallas GP in his pyjamas, Laffite has some unimaginable tales to inform. However his profession is tinged with remorse, too.
“I used to be definitely a very good expertise; I used to be considering my expertise could be sufficient,” he recollects on the podcast. “However it was not sufficient. And now I’m considering: ‘why did you not work extra?’ I used to be silly. Why did I not… keep there two hours extra to work? As a result of I used to be just a little boy and labored very slowly.
“Now I feel as a result of I’m previous I’ve time to suppose as a result of I play much less golf, much less tennis, much less biking, much less snowboarding and every part. I used to be just a little bit silly, however possibly due to that I used to be fast, additionally. It’s troublesome to complain about that.”
Hit play on the podcast to listen to all about Lafrite’s F1 profession, together with a mix-up between eyedrops and cleansing fluid that put a pause on his racing, that sensible 1981 Canadian GP win, why he wore sneakers that had been too huge, and his view on the variations between English and French F1 groups.