René Arnoux

René Arnoux
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Arnoux in 2008
Born (1948-07-04) 4 July 1948 (age 70)
Pontcharra, Isère, France
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
Active years19781989
TeamsMartini, Surtees, Renault, Ferrari, Ligier
Entries165 (149 starts)
Career points181
Pole positions18
Fastest laps12
First entry1978 South African Grand Prix
First win1980 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last win1983 Dutch Grand Prix
Last entry1989 Australian Grand Prix

René Alexandre Arnoux (born 4 July 1948)[1] is a French former racing driver who competed in 12 Formula One seasons (1978 to 1989). He participated in 165 World Championship Grands Prix (149 starts) winning seven of them, achieving 22 podium finishes and scoring 181 career points. His best finish in the World Drivers' Championship was third in 1983 for Ferrari. In 1977, Arnoux won the European Formula Two Championship. In 2006 he raced in the inaugural season of the Grand Prix Masters series for retired F1 drivers.

Early career

Arnoux's career began in Formule Renault and he first moved into Formula Two in 1974 with Elf, taking fourth place on his debut at Nogaro.[1] In 1975 he moved to Formule Super Renault and won the title.[1] For 1976, Arnoux moved back to Formula Two with an Elf-sponsored, works Martini-Renault, winning three races and narrowly losing the title to Jean-Pierre Jabouille.[1] However, he won the 1977 European Championship, again driving a Martini-Renault.[1] Arnoux won races at Silverstone, Hockenheim, Pau and Nogaro, which along with second places at Enna-Pergusa and Estoril saw him finish 12 points clear of American Eddie Cheever who was driving for Ron Dennis' Project Four Racing, and 14 points clear of teammate Didier Pironi.

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