Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 15 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 20, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 30 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 20 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 30 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Andrew Van de Burgt
Editor in Chief

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
F1 NEWS 

Former Renault boss Jean Sage dies

Jean Sage, the boss of Renault's original works Formula 1 programme, has died at the age of 68.

The Frenchman began his involvement in motorsport as a rally co-driver, sportscar and Formula 3 racer in the 1960s, before establishing the Ecurie Elf-Switzerland team with Gerard Larrousse and Paul Archambeaud. The squad took Jean-Pierre Jabouille to the European Formula 2 title in 1976.

Larrousse became head of Renault's motorsport programmes, and recruited Sage - who had also been his former co-driver - to spearhead the company's F1 project in 1977.

Although Sage's Renault team never won the world championship, it kickstarted the turbo engine revolution, won 15 races with Jabouille, Rene Arnoux and Alain Prost, and came within two points of claiming the 1983 title.

Sage stayed at Renault beyond the end of its factory team programme in 1985, but left after it temporarily quit as an engine supplier too at the end of 1987.

He subsequently ran a Ferrari sportscar team in the IMSA GT series and contested historic events.

  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Paddock insight from group F1 editor Jonathan Noble
Grand Prix news updates from F1 editor Edd Straw
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
Haymarket