René Arnoux  France

  • Full name René Alexandre Arnoux
  • Birth date July 4, 1948
  • Birthplace Pontcharra, Isère, France
  • Current age 66 years 25 days
  • Teams Ferrari, Ligier, Martini, Renault, Surtees
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1978 Martini, Surtees 9 6 0 0 4 9 0 0 16 0 0 0 -
1979 Renault 15 14 0 3 5 2 2 4 1 2 0 17 8
1980 Renault 14 14 2 3 9 1 3 6 1 4 0 29 6
1981 Renault 15 14 0 1 8 2 4 6 1 1 0 11 9
1982 Renault 16 16 2 4 6 1 5 9 1 1 0 28 6
1983 Ferrari 15 15 3 7 11 1 4 8 1 2 0 49 3
1984 Ferrari 16 16 0 4 12 2 0 1 2 2 0 27 6
1985 Ferrari 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 7 0 0 3 18
1986 Ligier 16 16 0 0 10 4 0 0 4 0 0 14 10
1987 Ligier 15 14 0 0 5 6 0 0 12 0 0 1 20
1988 Ligier 16 14 0 0 5 10 0 0 17 0 0 0 -
1989 Ligier 16 9 0 0 6 5 0 0 17 0 0 2 24
Total 164 149 7 22 82 1 18 34 1 12 0 181
Race Circuit Date
First race South African Grand Prix Kyalami March 4, 1978 Race results
Last race Australian Grand Prix Adelaide November 5, 1989 Race results
Profile

One of the fruits of a government-backed scheme to unearth French talent in the 1970s, René did all the right things as he rocketed into Formula One. It was only when he reached the highest echelon that he started to run off the rails. His speed was never in question, simply his application. He beat future Formula One rival Patrick Tambay to take the French Formule Renault title in 1973. An abortive move to the European Formula 5000 Championship in 1974 was followed by a return to the French ladder to stardom in Formule Super Renault in 1975. He duly won the title and progressed to Formula Two in 1976, being pipped to the title in the final round by Jean-Pierre Jabouille. He went one better in 1977. Then came Formula One, albeit with a slow start in 1978 with the fledgling Martini team. It folded mid-season and René had a couple of runs for Surtees. However, it all came right for 1979 and he joined Jabouille in the Renault works team. A brace of wins at the start of 1980 pushed him into the limelight, but his form faded until he won the 1982 French Grand Prix against team orders ahead of team favourite Alain Prost. René moved to Ferrari for 1983, winning three times as he was placed third overall behind Nelson Piquet and Prost. These were to be his last wins, though, and he was shown the door after the first race of 1985. He was back in 1986, this time with Ligier, with whom he raced for four seasons, but produced next to no results after the first of these. Since retiring from Formula One, René has been involved with the extremely successful DAMS (Driot Arnoux Motor Sport) Formula 3000 team.

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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December 3, 2005

Rene Arnoux demonstrates the 1977 Renault RS01 turbocharged F1 car

March 1, 1984

Ferrari's Rene Arnoux at the 1984 world championship

August 14, 1983

Rene Arnoux and Patrick Tambay on the front row

     

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