Tuesday, December 2, 2008

French F1 Drivers.

With more time on my hands now, I decided to go back to my roots and check out, current and former French F1 drivers.
I was actually surprised to see so many unfamilliar names in the list.
The obvious ones that come to mind would be Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, Rene Arnoux, J.Pierre Jabouille and so on..
So over the next few weeks, I will dedicate a post each to my fellow Frenchman who made our country proud in some time or another.
Here is the list of the drivers that will be featured ( in alphabetical order)

Jean Alesi
Philippe Alliot
René Arnoux

Marcel Balsa
Élie Bayol
Jean Behra
Paul Belmondo
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Éric Bernard
Jean-Christophe Boullion
Sébastien Bourdais

François Cevert
Eugène Chaboud
Bernard Collomb
Érik Comas

Yannick Dalmas
Patrick Depailler
José Dolhem

Philippe Étancelin

Pascal Fabre

Patrick Gaillard
Yves Giraud-Cabantous
Aldo Gordini
Jean-Marc Gounon
Georges Grignard
Olivier Grouillard
André Guelfi

François Hesnault

Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Jean-Pierre Jarier
Max Jean

Robert La Caze
Jacques Laffite
Franck Lagorce
Gérard Larrousse
Michel Leclère
Pierre Levegh
Guy Ligier
Henri Louveau
Roger Loyer
Jean Lucas
Jean Lucienbonnet

Guy Mairesse
Robert Manzon
Eugène Martin
François Mazet
François Migault
Franck Montagny

Olivier Panis
Henri Pescarolo
François Picard
Didier Pironi
Jacques Pollet
Charles Pozzi
Alain Prost

Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Louis Rosier

Stéphane Sarrazin
Jean-Louis Schlesser
Jo Schlesser
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
André Simon (racing driver)
Raymond Sommer
Mike Sparken
Philippe Streiff

Patrick Tambay
André Testut
Maurice Trintignant
As each driver is revealed, you will notice many of them only had a few races to their name. Nevertheless they deserve to be noted down in memory of their contribution to the sport.

I will try and get as much details as possible for each one but should you notice errors or misses do not hesitate to comment and I will amend accordingly.


F1Wolf said...

Rene Arnoux - probably the best racing battle with Villeneuve in Jerez 1979 ... wonder if we see anything like that again

Bruno said...

Most unlikely, those were the turbo days. Fantastic battles.
But today if cars were to touch each other like they did, they will fly off track in no time. I have posted the video of the French GP famous Battle in Dijon' 79