The #F1 Bar Exam: 9th October 2014

Welcome to another week of TheJudge13 F1 Bar Exam.

Last week’s question(s): Can you name the driver, team, race and track where the photo was taken. Can you also name the car (type) and where the driver finished in the race?

berg-osella-portugal-86-originalThe answer(s) I was looking for were: The driver in the photo was Canadian Allen Berg driving the Osella FA1G -Alfa Romeo 890T 1.5 V8(t/c) for Osella Squadra Corse during the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix held at Estroril. Allen only qualified 27th and finished in 13th, 7 laps down on the winner Nigel Mansell in a Williams-Honda.

Berg was born August 1, 1961 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Like so many before him he started his career in karting… albeit at the age at which Red Bull drops their drivers into F1.

Three years later, at the ripe old age age of 20 Berg had enough of karting and progressed to driving Formula cars, taking part in Formula Atlantic. 1982 was successful for the young man as he won the prestigious Tasman Formula Pacific Series in Australia and New Zealand.

Turning his eyes to Europe the following year he entered the British F3 championship and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle. The best he could manage was a win when both Senna and Brundle was not competing, the latter two deciding European F3 points were more valuable.

Finishing the season in 5th overall and the following in second overall though did not help him much and in 1985 he returned home to try and find funding for an F1 drive. He managed this and made his debut driving for the Osella F1 team at the 1986 Detroit Grand Prix, a race he would not finish. He took part in a further 8 races that year with the Australian Grand Prix held in Adelaide being the last race of the season and his last race as a F1 driver.

Due to the 1987 Canadian Grand Prix being cancelled he was unable to find further sponsors required to keep on racing.

In his short career Allen Berg retired 5 times and finished 12th, 13th and 16th as well as one race as not classified.

Berg also competed in sportscar racing and the Trans-Am Series. He spent a season driving a privateer BMW M3 in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft in 1991, before enjoying success on the Mexican racing scene, winning the Mexican Formula 2 championship in 1993. He also added the Indy Lights Panamericana title to his successes in 2001 as a driver-owner.

After that Berg retired from racing and now runs a race driving school Allen Berg Racing Schools in the United States.

Well done to Johnny, Bernard, Cassius42, Milestone11, Roberto and Tony.

This week’s question(s): Can you name the driver, team, race and track where the photo was taken. Can you also name the car (type) and where the driver finished in the race?


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