Motor Racing: Derek Warwick

President of the British Racing Drivers' Club.

Derek has shared memories of his career in Motorsport, reflecting on his own heroes of Formula 1 when he was growing up, how he became a World Champion at the age of 19 and the feelings of pride in driving his first ever Grand Prix at Imola in 1981.

"Even though I didn't qualify, it was the proudest moment of my life. It almost brought tears to my eyes. I still maintain today, that driving a Grand Prix car is the most satisfying and rewarding, yet hardest, most difficult and often disappointing thing you can do, but it is another level compared to anything else I have ever done in my life. I look back and just loved every single minute I had in Formula 1."

Derek competed in Formula 1 for eleven seasons, driving for teams including Toleman, for whom he drove Formula 2 before making the step up to Formula 1, Renault, Arrows and Lotus. On leaving Formula 1 Derek switched to World Sports Cars, driving for Jaguar as they made their comeback.
Le Mans holds many dear memories and his victory in the 24 hours with Peugeot in 1992 was made all the more special due to the actions of team boss Jean Todt.