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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 1,055,172 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Ronnie Peterson is the 17th most popular racing driver (up from 23rd in 2019), the 70th most popular biography from Sweden (up from 88th 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 17 out of 888Before him are Carroll Shelby, Alberto Ascari, Nelson Piquet, Jackie Stewart, Keke Rosberg, and Jochen Rindt. After him are Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Gilles Villeneuve, Bruce McLaren, Clay Regazzoni, and Helmut Marko.

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Among people born in 1944, Ronnie Peterson ranks 25Before him are Harold Ramis, Jacqueline Bisset, Joe Frazier, Omar al-Bashir, Diana Ross, and Danny Trejo. After him are Kary Mullis, Ulrich Beck, Dietrich Mateschitz, Helmut Berger, Rem Koolhaas, and Alan Parker. Among people deceased in 1978, Ronnie Peterson ranks 18Before him are Ramón Mercader, Margaret Mead, Manne Siegbahn, Anastas Mikoyan, Jim Jones, and Umberto Nobile. After him are Ricardo Zamora, Kurt Student, Hasso von Manteuffel, Willy Messerschmitt, Harold Lasswell, and John Cazale.

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Among people born in Sweden, Ronnie Peterson ranks 70 out of 1,612Before him are Folke Bernadotte (1895), Anders Jonas Ångström (1814), Carl Larsson (1853), Keke Rosberg (1948), Eric IX of Sweden (1120), and Axel Oxenstierna (1583). After him are Marie Fredriksson (1958), Sven Hedin (1865), Arne Tiselius (1902), Olof Skötkonung (980), Louise of Sweden (1851), and Marie Taglioni (1804).


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), Stefan Johansson (1956), Gunnar Nilsson (1948), Slim Borgudd (1946), Kent Andersson (1942), and Conny Andersson (1939).