This is a summary on French companies in the fast paced world of motor sports. These companies include the likes of the Renault, Peugeot and Michelin. The Renault RS01 appeared at the Grand Prix of Great Britain in1977 with Jean-Pierre Jabouille driving. Initially, the Formula 1 project was hampered by the allocation of resources with the sports cars program and concern to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. When this was done in 1978, the F1 project became more serious.
In 1979, Renault introduced the RS10 car ground effect in Monte Carlo and scored its first victory. Jabouille popular Grand Prix of France at Dijon race was also memorable. Renaults advance to success with mixed team the company's record a engine supplier was the greatest.
The Williams team was founded in 1968 by Frank Williams, former Formula 3 driver and a sports car dealer. The team's association with Renault for its engine supply lasted 10 years from 1988 to 1997, where the team won driver and constructor championships. After 10 years of building success and with the departure of Renault from the Formula 1 circuit in 1997, this marked the end of an era for Williams.
The Benetton team was created in 1986 by the founder of the clothing brand who saw in Formula 1 a wonderful means of communication. The Benetton Renault alliance was much shorter than the with Williams team. This new partnership lasted for only three seasons, in which Benetton won its first and only manufacturer title.
Seventeen years after the end of its first experience as a Formula One team Renault returned in 2002. With its many successes as an engine supplier, Renault wanted to return to the front of the stage of motor sport year while France Peugeot rally fills the screen.
Renault bought the Benetton team, which now became Renault Sport. Renault returns to the paddock in the middle of overwhelming dominance of the Scuderia Ferrari. The bet may seem daring especially as Renault announced ambitious targets fast enough. After four Grand Prix wins with little competition, Renault came up against a revival of the alter egos of Alonso, the McLaren Mercedes Raikonnen who won three of four Grand Prix. In addition, the last Grand Prix in Indianapolis allowed the Scuderia Ferrari and Michael Schumacher to get back into the title race. However, Bridgestone had actually caught up on Michelin.
French tire maker Michelin made its debut in Formula 1 during the season from 1977 to 1978. Michelin appears for the first time at the Grand Prix of Great Britain on the famous ‘yellow tea' for Renault and barely six months had later Michelin generated its first success at the Brazil Grand Prix.
The success of Renault in Formula 1, Peugeot - Citroen in rallying and the endurance of Michelin in several areas of motor sport, shows very high activity of the French manufacturing industry and its great skill in high level competition.
Tags: Motor sports, French presence in motor sport, Formula One
[...] Many believed in the emergence of a very competitive team supported by two French nationals: Prost and Peugeot. The reality was unfortunately less golden for Prost GP and Peugeot. Prost GP had a disastrous first season, finishing narrowly at the 10th place in the championship with a single point. The 1999 season could not but be better without the reassurance of many supporters. In 2000, the new Peugeot engine A20 and the recruitment of Jean Alesi season promised much richer rewards . [...]
[...] First, it should be noted that Peugeot has never owned a team like Renault but the fact is that they have always been content with a more or less involved role in the stable. The history of Peugeot in Formula 1 is linked to two names: Jordan and Prost. Jordan Two famous names are well known to all the regulars of paddocks. Eddie Jordan was a great champion of Irish karting and tried his hand at Formula 1 with McLaren but without success. However, he was best known for founding his own team early on. In 1980, the Jordan team participated in the Formula 3 championship. [...]
[...] The crisis is becoming increasingly urgent. Due to lack of money, private testing was canceled in mid-season. Alain Prost was struggling to find new partners, and was angry with his driver and friend Jean Alesi who participated without the class, slamming the door in five Grand Prix at the season's end. In November Prost decided to put his team into receivership but perhaps it was too late. After several weeks of waiting, the verdict came and Prost GP was placed in liquidation. [...]
[...] Hegemony Ferrari peaked and Michelin could not prevent the victories of Michael Schumacher to align and join the pantheon of JM Fangio F1 drivers with five world titles could be the year of achievement for Michelin and the McLaren and of Kimi Raikonnen, but still Michael Schumacher of Ferrari won the world title for the 6th time but this time he had to wait until the last Grand Prix at Suzuka. One then expected a hard-fought 2004 season, but it did not happen The unquestionable domination of Ferrari still shod with Bridgestone prevailed. Yet, the stables were still leaving Bridgestone Michelin in 2002 after McLaren, and BAR Honda in 2003, which were joined by Sauber in 2004. The season of 2005 belonged completely to Michelin, and saw the end of the reign of F1. [...]
[...] French companies in motorsport Overview I. Automakers A. Renault 1. The Renault: 1977 - The partner teams 3. 2002: Renault's return as the Estate Mews B. PSA (Peugeot - Citroen) 1. Peugeot in Formula One 2. Peugeot and Citroen in rally and endurance II. The tires A. Michelin 1. [...]
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