Posted 07 March 2003 - 16:31
Posted 07 March 2003 - 20:59
Multi-champion in Swedish bike racing in his younger days.
I have no idea what he is up to now. A google search of Ulf Svensson is useless, it's one of the most common names in Sweden... like John Smith.
Posted 09 March 2003 - 12:33
Posted 12 March 2003 - 12:21
Both Peterson and Wisell of course made it to F1 (and how), but it is interesting to remember that in the summer of 1970 Wisell actually appeared the greater prospect. At that time he was dominating F5000 in Sid Taylor's McLaren M10, having taken over the drive from Peter Gethin when the latter was promoted to the McLaren F1 team, following which he was taken on by Gold Leaf Team Lotus as no 2 to Emerson Fittipaldi. Wisell actually finished third in his first race for GLTL (the 1970 US GP at Watkins Glen), a fact which was completely overshadowed by Fittipaldi winning the race - thereby securing the title, posthumously, for Rindt.
All this time Ronnie was biding his time, learning the ropes driving Colin Crabbe's (very) private Antique Automobiles March-Ford 701. The following year was different, to say the least. Wisell retained the second Lotus through 1971, switched to Marlboro-BRM for a few races in 1972 and then faded from F1.
Posted 12 March 2003 - 14:48
Another reason why Ulf Svensson did not progress out of F3 was that he was quite a few years older than most other drivers in the category. As RJH says, he relished all aspects of F3 - I can remember him walking round the paddock taking photographs of all the other F3 cars, not for any sinister reason, he just wanted a record of the event. I had the impression that racing F3 in Europe was exactly what he wanted to do, and so he probably didn't have any great desire to go on to bigger things.
Posted 15 March 2003 - 00:08
Posted 20 March 2003 - 15:54
Originally posted by Jesper O. Hansen
Is this Ulf Svensson the same Ulf Svensson who drove Volvo 240 Turbos in Sweden in the 1980's?
I think not, as already stated, it IS a quite common name in Sweden.
Back to the driver in question, yes Ulf was a successful bike rider in his first career. He won multiple Swedish road racing championships, both on 125cc and 250cc bikes, during the years 1959, 1961 and 1964.
I think a big part of the reason for his failure to progress past F3 was his age . By the time he switched from bikes to cars, he was already 30 years old. By the time he got serious with his F3 driving around 1971, then he was 35. He eventually carried on into his 40s.