A salute to Switzerland's most popular F1 journeyman

Born on this day in 1951, Marc Surer is one of the 31 drivers hailing from Switzerland to compete in Formula 1.

From his debut in the sport in 1979 to his final F1 race in 1986, Surer enjoyed 81 Grand Prix starts. However, he never achieved a podium finish.

The Swiss driver started his career in 1979, driving an Ensign in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. He then went on to race for ATS and Theodore Racing, but his longest stint with a team was a three-year spell with Arrows from 1982 to 1984.

A competent driver who had enjoyed great success in motorsport's junior formulae, Surer was dealt a couple of bad blows as he struggled with uncompetitive machinery.

In 1986, a rally crash in Germany with a Ford RS2000 severely injured the Swiss and killed his co-driver, ending his career at the pinnacle of motorsport.

Surer is still a regular visitor to the F1 paddock however, working as a commentator for Sky Sport Germany.