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Derek Daly

Formula 1 steward

Derek Daly
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Born in Ireland, but now living in Indianapolis in the States, Daly had a five year Formula One career spanning 1978 through to the early eighties. Results were modest, with just a handful of championship points secured here and there, but Daly ended his F1 career with the much-loved Williams team. Since then, he's driven in several other series including IndyCar and sportscars, as well as adding to the coverage of race broadcasters in the US.


Daly's Formula One career began in 1978, when he failed to pre-qualify for three races for the Hesketh Racing team. Switching to Ensign later that year allowed him a chance to race and he picked up his first points finish at the season finale in Canada. He moved through some of the less competitive teams, including Tyrrell, March and Theodore Racing, before scoring a drive with Williams in 1982.

That was his best season in the sport, with five points finishes through the season. After leaving Formula One, Daly participated in the CART/IndyCar series, with slightly more success including a podium finish in 1987. He also tried his hand at sportscars, racing in Sebring and the fabled Le Mans.

Daly has also dabbled in broadcasting, working as a commentator for Speed TV and ESPN. Experience in speaking about motorsports has allowed him to set up a motivational speaking business, and a driver training school. In 2014, Daly joined the FIA roster of driver stewards, starting with the Canadian Grand Prix.