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List of notable or famous racecar drivers from France, with bios and photos, including the top racecar drivers born in France and even some popular racecar drivers who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French racecar drivers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These racecar drivers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known racecar driver from France is included when available.

Everything from Pierre Levegh to William Grover-Williams is included on this list.

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Alain Prost is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Alain Prost age 63 Alain Marie Pascal Prost, OBE, Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur is a French racing driver. A four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion, only Sebastian Vettel, Juan Manuel Fangio, and ...more

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François Cevert is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
François Cevert Died at 29 (1944-1973) Albert François Cevert Goldenberg was a French racing driver who took part in the Formula One World Championship. He competed in 47 World Championship Grands Prix, achieving one win, 13 ...more

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Jean Todt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Jean Todt age 72 Jean Todt is a French motor sport executive. After a successful career as a rally co-driver he made his reputation in motor sport management, first with Peugeot Talbot Sport, then with Scuderia ...more

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Didier Pironi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Didier Pironi Died at 35 (1952-1987) Didier Joseph Louis Pironi was a racing driver from France. During his career he competed in 72 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, driving for Tyrrell, Ligier and Ferrari. He won the 24 ...more

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Pierre Levegh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Pierre Levegh Died at 50 (1905-1955) Pierre Eugène Alfred Bouillin was a French sportsman and racing driver. He took the racing name Pierre Levegh in memory of his uncle, a pioneering driver who died in 1904. Levegh is ...more

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Hellé Nice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Hellé Nice Died at 84 (1900-1984) Hellé Nice was a French model, dancer, and a Grand Prix motor racing driver.

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Jean Alesi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Jean Alesi age 53 Jean Alesi is a French racing driver of Italian origin. His Formula One career included spells at Tyrrell, Benetton, Sauber, Prost, Jordan and Ferrari, where he proved very popular among the ...more

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René Arnoux is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
René Arnoux age 69 René Alexandre Arnoux is a retired racing driver from France who competed in 12 Formula One seasons. In 2006 he raced in the inaugural season of the Grand Prix Masters formula for retired

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Jacques Laffite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Jacques Laffite age 74 Jacques-Henri Laffite is a French former racing driver who competed in Formula One from 1974 to 1986. He achieved six grand prix wins, all while driving for the Ligier team. He is now a TV ...more

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Sébastien Bourdais is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Sébastien Bourdais age 39 Sébastien Olivier Bourdais is a French professional racing driver. He is one of the most successful drivers in the history of the Champ Car World Series, having won four successive ...more

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Philippe de Rothschild is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Philippe de Rothschild Died at 86 (1902-1988) Baron Philippe de Rothschild was a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty who became a Grand Prix race-car driver, a screenwriter and playwright, a theatrical producer, a film producer, a ...more

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Maurice Farman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Maurice Farman Died at 87 (1877-1964) Maurice Alain Farman was an Anglo-French Grand Prix motor racing champion, an aviator, and an aircraft manufacturer and designer.

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Jo Schlesser is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Jo Schlesser Died at 40 (1928-1968) Joseph Schlesser was a Formula One and sports car racing driver from France. He participated in three World Championship Grands Prix, including the 1968 French Grand Prix in which he was killed. ...more

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William Grover-Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
William Grover-Williams Died at 42 (1903-1945) William Charles Frederick Grover-Williams, also known as "W Williams", was a Grand Prix motor racing driver and special agent who worked for the Special Operations Executive inside ...more

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Patrick Depailler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Patrick Depailler Died at 36 (1944-1980) Patrick André Eugène Joseph Depailler was a racing driver from France. He participated in 95 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 2 July 1972. He also ...more

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Robert Benoist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Robert Benoist Died at 49 (1895-1944) Robert Marcel Charles Benoist was a French Grand Prix motor racing driver and war hero.

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José Dolhem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
José Dolhem Died at 44 (1944-1988) Louis José Lucien Dolhem was a racing driver from France, and the half brother of Formula One driver Didier Pironi. Dolhem was born in Paris. He participated in three Formula One Grands ...more

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Louis Chevrolet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Louis Chevrolet Died at 63 (1878-1941) Louis-Joseph Chevrolet was a Swiss-born American race car driver of French descent, founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911, and a founder in 1916 of the Frontenac Motor Corporation, ...more

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Claude Brasseur is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Claude Brasseur age 81 Claude Brasseur is a French actor.

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Jean de Suarez d'Aulan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Jean de Suarez d'Aulan Died at 44 (1900-1944) Jean de Suarez d'Aulan was a French aviator, auto racer, bobsledder, and soldier.

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Bertrand Gachot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Bertrand Gachot age 55 Bertrand Gachot is a French former racing driver.

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Bob Wollek is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Bob Wollek Died at 58 (1943-2001) Bob Wollek, nicknamed "Brilliant Bob", was a race car driver from Strasbourg, France. He was killed on March 16, 2001 at age 57 in a road accident in Florida while riding a bicycle ...more

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Romain Grosjean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Romain Grosjean age 31 Romain Grosjean is a racing driver, currently racing for the Lotus F1 Team. He races under the French flag in Formula One although he was born in Geneva and holds dual Franco-Swiss nationality. ...more

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Bruno, Count of Harcourt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Bruno, Count of Harcourt Died at 31 (1899-1930) Marie Hervé Jean Bruno d'Harcourt, Count of Harcourt was a member of the French nobility and a Grand Prix motor racing driver.

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Ferenc Szisz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Ferenc Szisz Died at 71 (1873-1944) Ferenc Szisz, was a Hungarian race car driver and the winner of the first Grand Prix motor racing event on a Renault Grand Prix 90CV on 26 June, 1906.

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Élie Bayol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Élie Bayol Died at 81 (1914-1995) Élie Marcel Bayol was a French racing driver who raced in Formula One for the O.S.C.A. and Gordini teams. He started his career in 1950 racing Monomill DB-Panhards and progressed to ...more

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François Migault is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
François Migault Died at 68 (1944-2012) François Migault was a racing driver from Le Mans, France. He participated in 16 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 13 August 1972, but scored no championship points. ...more

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Amédée Gordini is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Amédée Gordini Died at 80 (1899-1979) Amedeo "Amédée" Gordini was an Italian-born race car driver and sports car manufacturer in France. Gordini was born in Bazzano, Province of Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna ...more

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Claude Ballot-Léna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Claude Ballot-Léna Died at 63 (1936-1999) Claude Ballot-Léna was a French race driver born in Paris.

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Rémy Julienne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Rémy Julienne age 87 Rémy Julienne is a pioneering French driving stunt performer, stunt coordinator, assistant director and occasional actor. He is also a former rallycross champion and 1956 French ...more

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Éric Hélary is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Éric Hélary age 51 Éric Hélary is a professional racing driver from Paris. His career has encompassed single seater formulae, endurance sports car racing, and touring cars. He won the French Formula ...more

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René Le Bègue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
René Le Bègue Died at 32 (1914-1946) René Le Bègue was a Parisian-born French race car driver in Rally and Grand Prix motor racing. In his first year of top level racing, his best showing came at the 1936 Spa 24 Hours ...more

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Alain Ferté is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Alain Ferté age 62 Alain Ferté is a professional racing driver. He is the elder brother of Michel Ferté, who is also a professional racing driver. Alain Ferté competed five seasons in Formula ...more

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Paul Belmondo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Paul Belmondo age 54 Paul Alexandre Belmondo is a French racing driver who raced in Formula One for the March and Pacific Racing teams. He was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, the son of actor Jean-Paul ...more

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André Guelfi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
André Guelfi age 98 André Guelfi is a former racing driver from France. He was born in Mazagan, Morocco. He participated in one Formula One World Championship race, on 19 October 1958. He also participated ...more

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Louis Meyer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Louis Meyer Died at 91 (1904-1995) Louis Meyer was an American Hall of Fame race car driver who was a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

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Philippe Monnet is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Philippe Monnet age 59 Philippe Monnet is a single-handed sailor from France, born in La Clusaz.

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Yvan Muller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Yvan Muller age 48 Yvan Muller is a French auto racing driver most noted for success in touring car racing. He is a four-time World Touring Car Champion, winning the title in 2008 with SEAT, in 2010 and 2011 with ...more

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Comte George Raphaël Béthenod ... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Comte George Raphaël Béthenod de Montbressieux Died at 84 (1910-1994) "Raph" was the racing pseudonym of Comte George Raphaël Béthenod de Montbressieux, a French-Argentine racing driver. He was sometimes listed using his mother's name,

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Emmanuel Collard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Emmanuel Collard age 46 Emmanuel Collard is a French professional racing driver. He is a member of the Porsche Junioren factory team, but drives also for other marques. Born in Arpajon, Essonne, Collard is the winner ...more

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Aldo Gordini is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Aldo Gordini Died at 74 (1921-1995) Aldo Gordini was a racing driver from France. Born in Bologna, Italy, he was the son of Amédée Gordini, owner of the French sports car manufacturer Gordini. Aldo worked for the ...more

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Alexandre Prémat is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Alexandre Prémat age 35 Alexandre Prémat is a French professional racing driver.

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Eugène Chaboud is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Eugène Chaboud Died at 76 (1907-1983) Marius Eugène Chaboud was a racing driver from France. He participated in three Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, scoring one championship point. He also participated in ...more

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Philippe Étancelin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Philippe Étancelin Died at 85 (1896-1981) Philippe Étancelin was a French Grand Prix motor racing driver who joined the new Formula One circuit at its inception.

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Victor Hémery is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Victor Hémery Died at 74 (1876-1950) Victor Hémery was a champion French racecar driver of the early Grand Prix motor racing era.

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André Simon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
André Simon Died at 92 (1920-2012) André Simon was a racing driver from France. He participated in Formula One from 1951 to 1957, participating in a total of 12 World Championship races but scoring no championship points.

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Franck Montagny is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Franck Montagny age 40 Franck Montagny is a French professional racing driver, who competes in Formula E for Andretti Autosport. He briefly raced for the Super Aguri Formula One team in 2006.

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Didier Auriol is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Didier Auriol age 59 Didier Auriol is a French rally driver. Born in Montpellier, and initially an ambulance driver, Auriol made his name as a French rally driver in the World Rally Championship throughout the ...more

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Jean-Pierre Wimille is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
Jean-Pierre Wimille Died at 41 (1908-1949) Jean-Pierre Wimille was a Grand Prix motor racing driver and a member of the French Resistance during World War II.

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François Delecour is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
François Delecour age 55 François Delecour is a rally driver.