Paul Frère

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Paul Frère
Nationality Flag of Belgium Belgian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1952 - 1956
TeamsHWM, Gordini, Ferrari
Races11
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points11
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
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

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Team WDC Points
1952 HWM SUI
500
BEL
5
FRA
GBR
GER
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
Ecurie Belge 16th 2
1953 HWM ARG
500
NED
BEL
10
FRA
GBR
GER
SUI
Ret
ITA
HWM NC 0
1954 Gordini ARG
500
BEL
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
GER
Ret
SUI
ITA
ESP
Gordini NC 0
1955 Ferrari ARG
MON
8
500
BEL
4
NED
GBR
ITA
Ferrari 15th 3
1956 Ferrari ARG
MON
500
BEL
2
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
Ferrari 7th 6

References

  1. "Paul Frere dies". forumula1.net. 2008-02-25. http://www.forumula1.net/2008/f1/f1-news/paul-frere-dies/. Retrieved on 25 February 2008. 
  2. "In memory of Paul Frere". grandprix.com. 2008-09-05. http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns20738.html. Retrieved on 5 September 2008. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carroll Shelby
Roy Salvadori
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1960 with:
Olivier Gendebien
Succeeded by
Olivier Gendebien
Phil Hill