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Famous Racecar Drivers from France

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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.

This historic racecar drivers from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French racecar drivers of note?" and "Who are the most famous racecar drivers from France?" These prominent racecar drivers of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French racecar drivers.

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Alain Prost is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Racecar Drivers from France
age 64
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
Dec. 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
age 73
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 54
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
age 70
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
age 75
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
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 82
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
Dec. 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
age 56
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
Dec. 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
age 32
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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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.