Rene Alexandre Arnoux

Arnoux has his own karting business called Kart’in and owns racing tracks in France. |  Rene Arnoux has 181 World Championship points to his credit.


Name: Rene Alexandre Arnoux
DOB: Jul 4 1948
Place Of Birth: Grenoble
Nationality: French
Most Races For: Renault - 58
No. Of Races: 149
Rene Alexandre Arnoux

Born on July 14, 1948, in Grenoble, this French F1 driver was the European Formula Two champion in 1977. Tico Martini-owned team Martini hired Arnoux for his services in the 1978 season. However, he could not garner even a single point for his team as he could not participate in half the races that year. Martini had run short of funds to survive in F1 and Arnoux had to move to the Surtees team for the last two races of the season.

If it had not been for his competitiveness that he expressed through his driving, Arnoux would have been written off in 1979 for another dry performance while racing for Renault. The only positive that Renault drew from his stint with the team was his driving throughout the season when he, more often than not, showed up in Giles Villeneuve’s rear view mirrors. It would not hurt so much to retain someone, who could give competition to an F1 great like Villeneuve, for another season.

In 1980, Arnoux delivered the goods with two consecutive victories in Brazil and South Africa among his three podium finishes. In 1981, after Alain Prost moved to Renault, Arnoux’s performance sagged a little and he managed just 11 points and a single podium finish. This sparked the ignition of his rivalry with Prost. The 1982 season saw their competition ascend to its hilt when Arnoux denied Prost a first place in Renault’s first ever one-two finish in the French Grand Prix. Prost was furious over such disobedience shown by Arnoux as he claimed that the team had asked Arnoux to relent since Prost was more likely to win the championship ahead of him. Arnoux went on to win the Italian Grand Prix in that season as well.

Renault, unable to sustain such in-house antipathy was relieved to see Arnoux move to Ferrari in 1983. He won seven podium finishes in the season with three victories. Despite being a likely contender for the championship title, he ended up third in the Drivers’ Championship behind Prost. Even in 1984, he finished on podium on four occasions but without any first place finishes. Ferrari ambiguously let the Frenchman go off after the opening race of 1985 in Brazil. For the entire season, he went without racing and only managed to get his hands on team Ligier’s JS27 in 1986. He retired from racing after 1989 after racing at the back for four years without much success. A career full of highs and lows, Rene Arnoux got his fair share of the F1 pie and was successful in writing his name in the annals of the sport.

-Anup Pareek

  • GPs
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
1978Surtees, Martini-600000
Total 1497182212181

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  • Arnoux has his own karting business called Kart’in and owns racing tracks in France.
  • Rene Arnoux has 181 World Championship points to his credit.


"He's just a total b!@@dy idiot. Always was, always will be.”
-Derek Warwick on Rene Arnoux.


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