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Jacky Ickx

Ickx in 2013
Born Jacques Bernard Ickx
(1945-01-01) 1 January 1945 (age 72)
Brussels, Belgium
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Belgian
Active years 1966 – 1979
Teams Cooper Â· Ferrari Â· Brabham Â· McLaren Â· Williams Â· Lotus Â· Wolf-Williams Â· Ensign Â· Ligier
Entries 122 (116 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 8
Podiums 25
Career points 181
Pole positions 13
Fastest laps 14
First entry 1966 German Grand Prix
First win 1968 French Grand Prix
Last win 1972 German Grand Prix
Last entry 1979 United States Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1966–1967, 1969–1970, 1973, 1975–1983, 1985
Teams Essex Wire Corporation
John Wyer Automotive
Scuderia Ferrari
Gulf Research Racing
Martini Racing Porsche System
Essex Motorsport Porsche
Equipe Liqui Moly – Martini Racing
Porsche System
Rothmans Porsche
Best finish 1st (1969, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982)
Class wins 6 (1969, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982)

In this sport luck and tragedy are only a few hundredths of seconds apart from each other.
Jacky Ickx
I believe to have been one of the rare drivers to have returned to Ferrari.
Jacky Ickx
I am infinitely grateful to the life which privileged me.
In the past, two colleagues died each season. It was generally accepted this could happen.
Jacky Ickx
That is why, as soon as I felt a real attraction for my first passion which was the motorcycle, and in spite of the danger it could represent, they encouraged me.
Jacky Ickx
But due to the present regulations the other drivers have better chances again. This brings back the tension.
Jacky Ickx
And luckily, therefore the good old days return. The traditional art of driving counts again, and it is all about good tactics, skills and reflexes instead of simple power.
Jacky Ickx
The fact that I am still alive after 100,000 laps is my championship.
Before the season begins, I had even damaged some frames, but Ken did not hold it against me and kept all his confidence. He was the one who incontestably changed my life, because without his help, I do not know what I will have become.
Jacky Ickx
Everything was magnificent so far, even if I knew my part of dramas.
What fascinated me, it was not the glory, but the contact with the public.
I drove long distances like the 24 hours of Le Mans for years. But even this racing is now over. I retired.
Jacky Ickx
In this kind of situation, we tend to cling to his convictions, we believe that, by magic, we are going to recover. Then we agree to drive less good cars and we are fatally more exposed. It is what finally happened to me with Ensign.
Jacky Ickx
My father was a motorsports journalist and a motorbike fan. He gave me my motocross bike.
Jacky Ickx
In the end I didn't get a top car any more. I had no toughness left. That was the reality.
Jacky Ickx
My father was a motorsports journalist and a motorbike fan. He gave me my motocross bike.
Jacky Ickx
Nevertheless during these two seasons, Chapman impressed me a lot because he had the faculty to pull himself out of the most critical situations.
Jacky Ickx
To be here recovers from a state of soul, from a state of mind. I have the memory of the heart. I know what I received. I must have the will to give back to others.
Jacky Ickx
Fortunately, in the place where I went out, they had set up a little previously a fence which prevented me finally from smashing against trees. I went out with a broken leg only. A small price to be paid at the time for an accident of this kind.
Jacky Ickx
Happy to see that the Automobile Club of Monaco, opened its doors to the public to attend a considerable event. The promotion of this event will be made by the image and by the text, but still by word of mouth.
Jacky Ickx
The existence is a tremendous curiosity, with in the course of the years, the discovery of yourself in your inmost evolutions. With the age you feel better than you are, what you represent. Which means a little at the planet's scale.
Jacky Ickx
The margin between success and drama is fractional.