|Formula 1 world championship|
|First start:||1983 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Last start:||Belgian Grand Prix 1993|
|1983–1987 Arrows 1987–1988 Benetton 1989–1990 Williams 1991–1992 Ligier 1993 Jordan|
|World Cup balance:||World Cup fourth ( 1988 )|
|World Cup points :||132|
|Leadership laps :||164 over 662 km|
Boutsen's racing career began in 1975 as a student at the Teddy Pilette driving school. He soon gave up his engineering studies, which he was initially still pursuing, in favor of his racing career. In 1979 he drove in European and German Formula 3 . In 1980 he switched to Martini, won three times and finished second in the European Formula 3 Championship behind Michele Alboreto . In 1981 he switched to Formula 2 and finished second in the overall standings behind Geoff Lees ; 1982 he drove for the Spirit - Honda team alongside Stefan Johansson and was with three wins third in the Formula 2 European Championship.
Boutsen also tested the new Spirit-Honda Formula 1, but since he Johansson was brought forward as a race driver, he celebrated his Formula 1 debut at the Belgian Grand Prix in 1983 in Spa on Arrows . From 1983 to 1993 he drove in Formula 1 and took part in a total of 163 races, of which he won three, scoring one pole position and the fastest race lap as well as a total of 132 championship points. He remained loyal to Arrows until 1987 , culminating in second place in San Marino in 1985 .
But his career really started 1987/ 1988 at Benetton . Boutsen became a constant point collector, in 1988 he finished fourth in the World Cup with five third places. In 1989 Frank Williams hired him, whose team was equipped with Renault engines that year . This combination turned out to be very competitive and Thierry Boutsen was able to win the two rain battles in Canada and Australia , finishing fifth overall. In 1990 he drove his best race at the Hungarian Grand Prix , which he won despite the grueling pressure from Ayrton Senna and a number of other pilots. But at the end of 1990 he had to leave Williams because Nigel Mansell was brought back to the team and on the other hand Riccardo Patrese stayed in the team.
Boutsen signed a two-year contract with Ligier . But that turned out to be a bad move, because he subsequently had to struggle with below-average material, never got beyond midfield and the only gain in two years was only two World Cup points. In 1993 he contested ten Grands Prix for Jordan , but he never really got going and at the Belgian Grand Prix he came full circle when he retired after ten years of Formula 1.
His calm and reserved manner outside the cockpit was a reflection of his idea as a racing driver. Not exactly a driver for the fastest lap, but he always convinced in the races with calm, serenity and precision. He made hardly any driving errors and seldom resigned through his own fault.
Boutsen's racing career ended in 1999 when he sustained serious back injuries in an accident at the Le Mans 24-hour race .
Boutsen now lives as a dealer in small aircraft in Monaco . Since his retirement as an active racing driver, he has also had his own racing team, Boutsen Energy Racing , with which he participates in various national racing series as a team leader. Boutsen himself speaks very good German.
Grand Prix victories
Le Mans results
|1981||WM AEREM||WM P79 / 80||Serge Saulnier||Michel Pignard||failure||accident|
|1983||Ford Concessionaires France||Rondeau M482||Henri Pescarolo||failure||Engine failure|
|1986||Brun Motorsport||Porsche 962C||Didier Theys||Alain Ferté||failure||accident|
|1993||Peugeot Talbot Sport||Peugeot 905 Evo 1B||Yannick Dalmas||Teo Fabi||Rank 2|
|1994||Joest Racing||Duration 962LM GT||Danny Sullivan||Hans-Joachim Stuck||Rank 3|
|1995||Porsche Kremer Racing||Kremer K8 Spyder||Christophe Bouchut||Hans-Joachim Stuck||Rank 6|
|1996||Porsche AG||Porsche 911 GT1||Bob Wollek||Hans-Joachim Stuck||Rank 2 and class win|
|1997||Porsche AG||Porsche 911 GT1||Bob Wollek||Hans-Joachim Stuck||failure||Gearbox damage|
|1998||Toyota Motorsport||Toyota GT-One||Ralf Kelleners||Geoff Lees||failure||Gearbox damage|
|1999||Toyota Motorsport||Toyota GT-One||Ralf Kelleners||Allan McNish||failure||Gearbox damage|
|1998||Champion Motors||Porsche 911 GT1 Evo||Bob Wollek||Andy Pilgrim||Rank 3|
|1999||Champion Racing||Porsche 911 GT1 Evo||Bob Wollek||Dirk Mueller||Rank 4|
Individual results in the sports car world championship
|1979||Team Willeme||BMW 530||DAY||SEB||MUG||VALLEY||DIJ||RIV||SIL||ONLY||LEM||BY||DAY||WAT||SPA||BRH||ROA||VAL||ELS|
|1981||Welter Racing||WM P79 / 80||DAY||SEB||MUG||MON||RIV||SIL||ONLY||LEM||BY||DAY||WAT||SPA||MOS||ROA||BRH|
John Fitzpatrick Racing
|1984||Bandit team||Porsche 956||MON||SIL||LEM||ONLY||BRH||MOS||SPA||IMO||FUJ||KYA||SAN|
|1985||Brun Motorsport||Porsche 962||MUG||MON||SIL||LEM||HOK||MOS||SPA||BRH||FUJ||SEL|
- Steve Small: Grand Prix Who's Who, 3rd Edition . Travel Publishing, London 2000, ISBN 1-902007-46-8
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Boutsen, Thierry Marc|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Belgian racing driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 13, 1957|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Brussels , Belgium|