Ronnie Peterson

1944 - 1978

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Bengt Ronnie Peterson (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈrɔ̌nːɪ ˈpêtːɛˌʂɔn]; 14 February 1944 – 11 September 1978) was a Swedish racing driver. Known by the nickname 'SuperSwede', he was a two-time runner-up in the Formula One World Drivers' Championship. Peterson began his motor racing career in kart racing, traditionally the discipline where the majority of race drivers begin their careers in open-wheel racing. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ronnie Peterson has received more than 862,793 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Ronnie Peterson is the 23rd most popular racing driver (down from 19th in 2019), the 88th most popular biography from Sweden (down from 81st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Swedish Racing Driver.

Ronnie Peterson was a Swedish Formula One racing driver who competed in the 1970s and 1980s. He is most famous for being killed in a crash at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix.

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Among racing drivers, Ronnie Peterson ranks 23 out of 888Before him are Keke Rosberg, Stirling Moss, Graham Hill, Gilles Villeneuve, Jack Brabham, and Nelson Piquet. After him are Clay Regazzoni, Nigel Mansell, Carlos Reutemann, Jacky Ickx, Giacomo Agostini, and John Surtees.

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Among people born in 1944, Ronnie Peterson ranks 31Before him are Dzhokhar Dudayev, Rem Koolhaas, Ulrich Beck, Jairzinho, Kary Mullis, and Diana Ross. After him are Françoise Hardy, Ibrahim Rugova, Dietrich Mateschitz, Sebastião Salgado, Princess Benedikte of Denmark, and Sali Berisha. Among people deceased in 1978, Ronnie Peterson ranks 25Before him are Hasso von Manteuffel, Willy Messerschmitt, Kurt Student, Harold Lasswell, Harry Martinson, and Mohammed Daoud Khan. After him are Ed Wood, Houari Boumédiène, Norman Rockwell, Jomo Kenyatta, Vincent du Vigneaud, and József Bozsik.

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Among people born in Sweden, Ronnie Peterson ranks 88 out of 1,296Before him are Keke Rosberg (1948), Eric the Victorious (945), Harry Martinson (1904), Stieg Larsson (1954), Ermanaric (400), and Arne Tiselius (1902). After him are Verner von Heidenstam (1859), Axel Munthe (1857), Hannes Alfvén (1908), Anund Jacob (1008), Princess Birgitta of Sweden (1937), and Stefan Löfven (1957).


Among racing drivers born in Sweden, Ronnie Peterson ranks 2Before him are Keke Rosberg (1948). After him are Björn Waldegård (1943), Jo Bonnier (1930), Stig Blomqvist (1946), Ove Andersson (1938), Reine Wisell (1941), Gunnar Nilsson (1948), Stefan Johansson (1956), Conny Andersson (1939), Torsten Palm (1947), and Marcus Ericsson (1990).