Derek Gardner, the man who helped design title-winning Tyrrells in the 1970s and created the team's famous six-wheeler, has died. He was 79.
Gardner first moved into Formula 1 when he worked with Ferguson to help development of a four-wheel-drive system for Matra in 1969, before joining Tyrrell's team the year after.
He helped design the first Tyrrell 001, which was built in his garage – and put on pole position at its first race in Canada by Jackie Stewart. The following year, the Tyrrell 003 was taken to the world title by Stewart. Gardner's 006 helped the Scottish driver to his third crown in 1973, although the end of that campaign was marred by the death of Francois Cevert at Watkins Glen.
As well as his title-winning success, Gardner was also widely known as the brainchild behind the unique six-wheeler Tyrrell P34 that raced in 1976, and which Jody Scheckter took to victory in that year's Swedish Grand Prix.
Although he had created another race winner, Gardner became disillusioned with F1 and he left the sport at the end of that year to work for the Borg-Warner company.