|First race||South African Grand Prix||Kyalami||March 7, 1970||Race results|
|Last race||Canadian Grand Prix||Gilles Villeneuve||October 8, 1978||Race results|
After making his name taming the Porsche 917 sports car, Rolf entered Formula One with Brabham in 1970. From the off, he showed great promise with four top-six finishes, but seasons with Surtees and then the ugly Eifelland March all but destroyed his Formula One career.
An occasional drive with Brabham in 1974 provided a lifeline, and he was offered a drive with the Hill team for 1975, only to be injured in a crash at the Spanish Grand Prix, when his car flew into the crowd and killed four spectators.
When Rolf returned later in the year, he was off-form and was mainly away from Formula One until spending a season as an also-ran with Arrows in 1978, after which he returned to sports cars. He was killed in a crash at Riverside, California in 1983.
Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books