Pironi maybe best remembered for his clash with Giles Villeneuve that ultimately resulted in the Canadian’s death. That horrific year in 1982, Pironi was leading the championship as the calendar headed to the German Grand Prix.
This was a result of Pironi’s 6 podiums from the 11 rounds. He was leading the title by 9 points despite missing the Belgian Grand Prix on Ferrari’s orders.
Pironi had secured the pole position for the German GP. But in an untimed wet practice session, he binned his car into the Renault of Prost. The impact broke his legs and lost him not only the championship but his F1 racing career too.