Paul Frère

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Paul Frère
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1952 Formula One season - 1956 Formula One season
TeamsHersham and Walton Motors, Gordini, Ferrari
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Career points11
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1952 Belgian Grand Prix
Last race1956 Belgian Grand Prix

Paul Frère (30 January 1917 - 23 February 2008) was a Racing driver and Journalist from Belgium, born in Le Havre (France). He participated in eleven World Championship Formula One Grands Prix debuting on 22 June 1952 and achieving one podium finish with a total of eleven championship points. He drove in several non-Championship Formula One races.

He also won the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for Ferrari with fellow Belgian teammate Olivier Gendebien.

After retiring from active racing in 1960, he worked as an automotive journalist based in Europe (he was the European Editor for Road & Track magazine). He had numerous acquaintances amongst vehicle design engineers, especially in Japan at Honda and Mazda and also worked as a consultant to automobile manufacturers.

Frère, along with Piero Taruffi and Denis Jenkinson, was one of the first writers to treat motor racing as a skill that could be analyzed, explained, and taught. His 1963 book, Sports Car and Competitive Driving is still a standard reference in the field. It influenced the development of competition driving schools, such as those founded by Jim Russell, Bob Bondurant, and many others.

Only weeks before his 90th birthday in January 2007, he was badly injured in an accident near the Nürburgring, and was hospitalized for 14 days in intensive care.[1]

Paul Frère died on 23 February 2008 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France). Turn 15 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, formerly the first part of the Stavelot corner, has been renamed in his honour.[2]

Rowing Champion

Paul Frère was also a successful rower winning three Belgian championships. 1946 and 1947 he won the national title in a coxless four. 1946 he also won it with the coxed four.

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Team WDC Points
1952 Formula One season Hersham and Walton Motors 1952 Swiss Grand Prix
1952 Indianapolis 500
1952 Belgian Grand Prix
1952 French Grand Prix
1952 British Grand Prix
1952 German Grand Prix
1952 Dutch Grand Prix
1952 Italian Grand Prix
Ecurie Belge 16th 2
1953 Formula One season Hersham and Walton Motors 1953 Argentine Grand Prix
1953 Indianapolis 500
1953 Dutch Grand Prix
1953 Belgian Grand Prix
1953 French Grand Prix
1953 British Grand Prix
1953 German Grand Prix
1953 Swiss Grand Prix
1953 Italian Grand Prix
Hersham and Walton Motors NC 0
1954 Formula One season Gordini 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
1954 Indianapolis 500
1954 Belgian Grand Prix
1954 French Grand Prix
1954 British Grand Prix
1954 German Grand Prix
1954 Swiss Grand Prix
1954 Italian Grand Prix
1954 Spanish Grand Prix
Gordini NC 0
1955 Formula One season Ferrari 1955 Argentine Grand Prix
1955 Monaco Grand Prix
1955 Indianapolis 500
1955 Belgian Grand Prix
1955 Dutch Grand Prix
1955 British Grand Prix
1955 Italian Grand Prix
Ferrari 15th 3
1956 Formula One season Ferrari 1956 Argentine Grand Prix
1956 Monaco Grand Prix
1956 Indianapolis 500
1956 Belgian Grand Prix
1956 French Grand Prix
1956 British Grand Prix
1956 German Grand Prix
1956 Italian Grand Prix
Ferrari 7th 6


  1. "Paul Frere dies". 2008-02-25. Retrieved on 2008-02-25. 
  2. "In memory of Paul Frere". 2008-09-05. Retrieved on 2008-09-05. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carroll Shelby
Roy Salvadori
List of 24 Hours of Le Mans winners
1960 24 Hours of Le Mans with:
Olivier Gendebien
Succeeded by
Olivier Gendebien
Phil Hill
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