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Torsten Palm

23rd July 1947 (Age 73)
Kristinehamn, Varmland
Most recent race (in database):

Torsten Palm was a Swedish Formula 3 driver who very briefly flirted with a Grand Prix racing in 1975. Like so many Scandinavians his first steps into the sport was in rallying before switching to F3 in 1969.

International racing career

Twice national champion when driving a Brabham, he was part of the Swedish team that won the European F3 Cup in 1969 and 1970. Palm graduated to Formula 2 in 1973 with the Matchbox-sponsored Surtees team. The number two driver in "Big John’s" squad – third at Karlskoga was his stand-out result. A second season, now driving a Team Pierre Robert GRD-BMW, included finishing sixth at the Salzburgring and qualifying fourth on the grid, again at Karlskoga.

Grand Prix debut

Those were the highlights of his international career but Palm raised enough sponsorship from Polar Caravans (who had also been associated with Ronnie Peterson) to join Hesketh for the 1975 Monaco and Swedish Grands Prix. He failed to qualify in the Principality but lined up 21st for his home race. He ran out of fuel with two laps to go and was classified 10th in what was his only GP.

Once Palm retired from racing, he later managed coming-man Eje Elgh and ran a garage in his homeland.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1975 F1 World Championship
Hesketh Racing
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
1974 European F2 Championship
Team Pierre Robert
4 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 2
1973 European F2 Championship
Team Surtees
Team Pierre Robert
4 0 1 0
0% win rate
21st 4
1971 Swedish F3 Championship 1st -
1970 Swedish F3 Championship 1st -