|First race||French Grand Prix||Dijon||July 3, 1977||Race results|
|Last race||Australian Grand Prix||Adelaide||October 26, 1986||Race results|
After success in Formula Two, Patrick made his grand prix debut, for Ensign, at the same time as Gilles Villeneuve made his debut for McLaren. Villeneuve was to become a close friend, but McLaren preferred to run Patrick in 1978, while Villeneuve went to Ferrari. Patrick came off the worse, though, as McLaren slumped into a period of uncompetitiveness.
He was replaced by Alain Prost and went to the US where he won the CanAm title. He returned to Formula One in 1981 with Theodore and then Ligier, but was dropped at the end of the season. In 1982 he announced his retirement from Formula One, but was recalled by Ferrari after Villeneuve's death. He won the German Grand Prix before taking an emotional win at the 1983 San Marino Grand Prix. He challenged for the world title that year, but was dropped by Ferrari at the end of it.
In subsequent spells with Renault and the Haas-Lola teams, this immensely popular man never had a car worthy of his considerable talent. Ever urbane, Patrick is now one of the faces of Formula One on French television.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books