René Arnoux

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René Arnoux
Rene Arnoux WSR2008 HU.png
FIA Super Licence Flag of France France
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1978 Formula One season - 1989 Formula One season
TeamsMartini (cars), Surtees, Renault F1, Ferrari, Ligier
Races165 (149 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Wins7
Podiums22
Career points181
Pole position18
Fastest lap12
First race1978 South African Grand Prix
First win1980 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last win1983 Dutch Grand Prix
Last race1989 Australian Grand Prix

René Alexandre Arnoux (born July 4, 1948, in Grenoble) is a retired France Racing driver who is a veteran of 12 Formula One seasons (1978 to 1989). In 2006 he raced in the inaugural season of the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired F1 drivers.

Biography


European Formula Two champion in 1977, René Arnoux graduated to Formula One in 1978 Formula One season, with the small French Martini (cars) team of Tico Martini. In an organisation with insufficient means to figure in the highest echelon of the sport, Arnoux was unable to demonstrate his abilities. Martini abandoned Formula One during the season, having run short of money. Arnoux found refuge at the end of the season at the Surtees team, but once again found himself in a team on the edge of failure.

An ex-Jean-Pierre Jabouille Renault RS01 of 1979 being demonstrated by René Arnoux in 2007.

For the 1979 Formula One season, Arnoux joined the Renault F1 team, which entered two cars for the first time since its debut in 1977. The team's only victory of the year was taken by Arnoux's teammate Jean-Pierre Jabouille at the 1979 French Grand Prix at the Dijon-Prenois circuit, but Arnoux took the headlines due to a fierce but good-natured wheel-banging battle with Gilles Villeneuve for second place.

In the 1980 season, Arnoux took his first two Formula One victories, but a lack of reliability prevented him from playing a part in the fight for the world title, although he took three pole positions. Arnoux's situation was complicated in 1981 by the arrival of Alain Prost at Renault. Inevitably their rivalry on track flared up off the track and relations between the two men deteriorated, dividing the small world of French sport. The conflict reached its peak at the 1982 French Grand Prix at Le Castellet. The drivers took the first one-two in Renault's history in Formula One, Arnoux finishing ahead of Prost. Prost was furious, considering that his teammate had not kept to the team orders agreed before the race, according to which he should have ceded the win to Prost, who was better placed in the championship. Arnoux replied that no orders had been given before the race and that he was free to drive his own race. He took one other win at the 1982 Italian Grand Prix at the end of the season. He was also lucky to walk away from a high speed crash after brake failure at the end of the long straight in the 1983 Dutch Grand Prix.

Arnoux started at the back of the field for the 1984 Dallas Grand Prix, but climbed to second by the finish.

The pairing of Prost and Arnoux having become unsustainable, Arnoux left Renault at the end of 1982 to join Scuderia Ferrari. With three victories, at the 1983 Canadian Grand Prix, 1983 German Grand Prix, and 1983 Dutch Grand Prix Grands Prix, he was in contention for the world title for much of the season, but was left behind by his rivals Prost and Nelson Piquet in the championship run in. After a less successful second season at Ferrari, during which his new teammate Michele Alboreto progressively took the initiative from him, Arnoux was suddenly dismissed after the first Grand Prix of the 1985 Formula One season, the 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Without a drive for the majority of the 1985 season, Arnoux made his return to Formula One in 1986 Formula One season for the Ligier team, where he delivered several good performances. However, despite maintaining his motivation, Ligier were not competitive and Arnoux went through three seasons at the back of the grid before leaving Formula One after the 1989 Formula One season. Towards the end of his career Arnoux attracted some controversy; he was frequently accused of blocking faster cars in qualifying and when being lapped. He finished his career with 181 World Championship points.

René Arnoux has since started an indoor karting business called Kart'in, consisting of four tracks in France, two in the Parisian area, one in the suburbs of Lyons and one near Marseille. He also owns and manages two factories, frequently appears and drives in historical events on behalf of Renault and resides in Paris.

Arnoux was one of the drivers invited to take part in the Grand Prix Masters championship in 2006 and 2007, restricted to former Formula One drivers. In 2007 and 2008 he drives for the Renault H&C Classic Team, e.g. presents and drives Alain Prost's F1 car from 1983 at World Series By Renault events.

Complete Formula One results


(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1978 Formula One season Martini (cars) Martini (cars) Martini MK23 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV 1978 Argentine Grand Prix
1978 Brazilian Grand Prix
1978 South African Grand Prix
DNQ
1978 United States Grand Prix West
1978 Monaco Grand Prix
DNPQ
1978 Belgian Grand Prix
9
1978 Spanish Grand Prix
1978 Swedish Grand Prix
1978 French Grand Prix
14
1978 British Grand Prix
DNP
1978 German Grand Prix
DNPQ
1978 Austrian Grand Prix
9
1978 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1978 Italian Grand Prix
NC 0
Durex Surtees Surtees Surtees TS20 1978 United States Grand Prix
9
1978 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Formula One season Renault F1 Elf Aquitaine Renault F1 Renault RS01 Renault V6 engine Turbocharged 1979 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1979 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1979 United States Grand Prix West
DNS
1979 Spanish Grand Prix
9
1979 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
8th 17
Renault F1 Renault RS10 1979 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1979 French Grand Prix
3
1979 British Grand Prix
2
1979 German Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Austrian Grand Prix
6
1979 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1979 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1979 United States Grand Prix
2
1980 Formula One season Renault F1 Elf Aquitaine Renault F1 Renault RE20 Renault V6 engine Turbocharged 1980 Argentine Grand Prix
Ret
1980 Brazilian Grand Prix
1
1980 South African Grand Prix
1
1980 United States Grand Prix West
9
1980 Belgian Grand Prix
4
1980 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1980 French Grand Prix
5
1980 British Grand Prix
NC
1980 German Grand Prix
Ret
1980 Austrian Grand Prix
9
1980 Dutch Grand Prix
2
1980 Italian Grand Prix
10
1980 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1980 United States Grand Prix
7
6th 29
1981 Formula One season Renault F1 Elf Aquitaine Renault F1 Renault RE20 Renault V6 engine Turbocharged 1981 United States Grand Prix West
8
1981 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Argentine Grand Prix
5
1981 San Marino Grand Prix
8
1981 Belgian Grand Prix
DNQ
9th 11
Renault F1 Renault RE30 1981 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Spanish Grand Prix
9
1981 French Grand Prix
4
1981 British Grand Prix
9
1981 German Grand Prix
13
1981 Austrian Grand Prix
2
1981 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1981 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Formula One season Renault F1 Elf Aquitaine Renault F1 Renault RE30 Renault V6 engine Turbocharged 1982 South African Grand Prix
3
1982 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1982 United States Grand Prix West
Ret
1982 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Detroit Grand Prix
10
1982 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1982 British Grand Prix
Ret
1982 French Grand Prix
1
1982 German Grand Prix
2
1982 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Swiss Grand Prix
Ret
1982 Italian Grand Prix
1
1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix
Ret
6th 28
1983 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 126C Ferrari V6 engine Turbocharged 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix
10
1983 United States Grand Prix West
3
1983 French Grand Prix
7
1983 San Marino Grand Prix
3
1983 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Canadian Grand Prix
1
1983 British Grand Prix
5
3rd 49
Ferrari Ferrari 126C 1983 German Grand Prix
1
1983 Austrian Grand Prix
2
1983 Dutch Grand Prix
1
1983 Italian Grand Prix
2
1983 European Grand Prix
9
1983 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 126C Ferrari V6 engine Turbocharged 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1984 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Belgian Grand Prix
3
1984 San Marino Grand Prix
2
1984 French Grand Prix
4
1984 Monaco Grand Prix
3
1984 Canadian Grand Prix
5
1984 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Dallas Grand Prix
2
1984 British Grand Prix
6
1984 German Grand Prix
6
1984 Austrian Grand Prix
7
1984 Dutch Grand Prix
11
1984 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1984 European Grand Prix
5
1984 Portuguese Grand Prix
9
6th 27
1985 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 156/85 Ferrari V6 engine Turbocharged 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
4
1985 Portuguese Grand Prix
1985 San Marino Grand Prix
1985 Monaco Grand Prix
1985 Canadian Grand Prix
1985 Detroit Grand Prix
1985 French Grand Prix
1985 British Grand Prix
1985 German Grand Prix
1985 Austrian Grand Prix
1985 Dutch Grand Prix
1985 Italian Grand Prix
1985 Belgian Grand Prix
1985 European Grand Prix
1985 South African Grand Prix
1985 Australian Grand Prix
17th 3
1986 Formula One season Ligier Ligier Ligier JS27 Renault V6 engine Turbocharged 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
4
1986 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1986 San Marino Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Monaco Grand Prix
5
1986 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Canadian Grand Prix
6
1986 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1986 French Grand Prix
5
1986 British Grand Prix
4
1986 German Grand Prix
4
1986 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Austrian Grand Prix
10
1986 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Portuguese Grand Prix
7
1986 Mexican Grand Prix
15
1986 Australian Grand Prix
7
10th 14
1987 Formula One season Ligier Ligier Ligier JS29 Megatron (engine) Straight-4 Turbocharged 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix
1987 San Marino Grand Prix
DNS
1987 Belgian Grand Prix
6
1987 Monaco Grand Prix
11
1987 Detroit Grand Prix
10
19th 1
Ligier Ligier JS29 1987 French Grand Prix
Ret
1987 British Grand Prix
Ret
1987 German Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Austrian Grand Prix
10
1987 Italian Grand Prix
10
1987 Portuguese Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Japanese Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Formula One season Ligier Ligier Ligier JS31 Judd (engine) V8 engine 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 San Marino Grand Prix
DNQ
1988 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1988 French Grand Prix
DNQ
1988 British Grand Prix
18
1988 German Grand Prix
17
1988 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Italian Grand Prix
13
1988 Portuguese Grand Prix
10
1988 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Japanese Grand Prix
17
1988 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
NC 0
1989 Formula One season Ligier Ligier Ligier JS33 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
DNQ
1989 San Marino Grand Prix
DNQ
1989 Monaco Grand Prix
12
1989 Mexican Grand Prix
14
1989 United States Grand Prix
DNQ
1989 Canadian Grand Prix
5
1989 French Grand Prix
Ret
1989 British Grand Prix
DNQ
1989 German Grand Prix
11
1989 Hungarian Grand Prix
DNQ
1989 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Italian Grand Prix
9
1989 Portuguese Grand Prix
13
1989 Spanish Grand Prix
DNQ
1989 Japanese Grand Prix
DNQ
1989 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
23rd 2
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Jabouille
Formula Two
Formula Two

1977
Succeeded by
Bruno Giacomelli
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