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Heinz Schiller

25th January 1930
Frauenfeld, Thurgau Canton
26th March 2007 (Aged 77)
Most recent race (in database):

A former speedboat champion, Heinz Schiller started racing a Porsche sports car during the mid 1950s. Second in the sports 1500cc class in the 1957 Mille Miglia, his Porsche RS was sixth in the following year’s Pau Grand Prix.

With racing banned in Switzerland, he mainly competed in hillclimbs until 1962 when he drove in a number of non-championship Formula 1 races. Although his Porsche 718 was run by Ecurie Filipinetti, he and team-mate Jo Siffert were officially entered as the Ecurie Nationale Suisse. Sixth at Brussels was the best result of Schiller’s year.

He was 12th in the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hours with a Porsche 356B Abarth before racing Filipinetti’s Lotus 24-BRM in that year’s German GP – his only world championship start. He lined up 20th of the 26 starters but suffered engine failure after four laps of the Nürburgring.

He only raced in F1 once more when he finished third at Pau at the start of 1963 – his Filipinetti Porsche five laps behind the dominant Jim Clark that day. Away from single-seaters, Schiller drove the team’s GT cars to a class win on the Ollon-Villars hillclimb and twice raced a works Porsche at Le Mans. He retired from the 1963 race but finished 10th a year later when sharing a 904/4 GTS with Gerhard Koch.

Schiller later ran a Porsche dealership in Geneva before retiring.