|First race||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa||May 22, 1983||Race results|
|Last race||Belgian Grand Prix||Spa||August 29, 1993||Race results|
Thierry rocketed through Formula Ford. His maiden year in Formula Three, in the heady days of 1979, was not so sweet, but he finally came good and landed a works ride for 1980, finishing second overall to Michele Alboreto. Formula Two followed and he was second again, this time to Geoff Lees, but he had done enough to impress.
And so Thierry made it to Formula One for 1983 with Arrows, with whom he stayed until 1986, peaking with second place at Imola in 1985. Thierry moved to Benetton in 1987. Five third places in 1988 helped him to fourth overall - his best placing in the championship. A move to Williams in 1989 yielded two victories, both in the wet, and although he won again in 1990, holding off massive pressure from the Brazilian Ayrton Senna in Hungary, his contract with Williams was not renewed.
Thierry moved to Ligier for 1991 and 1992, which proved a costly mistake, the team being off the pace even with Renault engines. When Ivan Capelli was sacked by Jordan in 1993, Thierry moved into the vacancy, but he did not last the season. He has since raced touring cars and sports cars.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books