|First race||French Grand Prix||Clermont-Ferrand||July 2, 1972||Race results|
|Last race||British Grand Prix||Brands Hatch||July 13, 1980||Race results|
For years it looked as though this little Frenchman would always be bridesmaid and never the bride in Formula One. Then, at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1978, after collecting a frustrating total of eight second places, he finally came good to climb the top step on the podium.
Patrick had a lengthy but muddled schooling in Formula Three and Formula Two that saw him step back down to Formula Three in 1971 and claim the French title. Armed with this, he won the Monaco Formula Three race and was rewarded with two Formula One outings by Tyrrell, finishing seventh at Watkins Glen.
However, he spent the rest of the year in Formula Two, and 1973 and 1974, when he won the European title. But 1974 was also his first full season of Formula One. Patrick did well, too, with a second place in Sweden. The next four years were spent driving with Tyrrell, with points scores aplenty, but only that one win at Monaco to his name.
A move to Ligier in 1979 brought another win, in Spain, but then Patrick smashed up his legs in a hang-gliding accident. He joined Alfa Romeo for 1980, but when testing before that year's German Grand Prix, Patrick crashed fatally.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books