After beginning the 1984 F1 season aboard a Ford-engined Arrows A6, Surer switched at midyear to this BMW-powered A7, scoring his only championship point of the year with a 6th-place finish at the Österreichring, right behind teammate Thierry Boutsen.
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If there is a single quality that best defines Marc Surer it must be determination. When you consider that he grew up in a country that banned racing when he was four years old, and then overcame a seemingly endless succession of debilitating accidents behind the wheel of competition cars to enjoy a lengthy Formula One career as a driver and a subsequent tenure as boss of a major manufacturer’s competition program, you see he’s not one to give up easily. Mike Jiggle spoke with Surer to get his views of all the experience he’s accumulated over time.
I suppose you had to be a bit of a rebel to become a racing driver in Switzerland; after all, motor racing has been banned in the country since the 1955 Le Mans accident. How did it all begin for you?
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