Obituary: Jean-Paul Driot - 1950-2019
The DAMS team's list of successes since its founding in 1987 reflects the passion of Jean-Paul Driot, who died last weekend. We remember the career of a crude-oil trader by profession, whose love for racing was matched by a desire to work with the best
More than 30 drivers who passed through the doors of the DAMS single-seater squad have gone on to make it to Formula 1. That statistic is a tribute to team owner Jean-Paul Driot, who has died at the age of 68 after a long illness.
But when it comes to a run-through of successful alumni of the French team based near Le Mans, the engineers and team managers who have gone on to make an impact away from DAMS shouldn't be forgotten. From Formula 1 drivers Erik Comas, Olivier Panis, Sebastien Bourdais, Romain Grosjean and Pierre Gasly, the likes of ex-McLaren team boss Eric Boullier and Automobile Club de l'Ouest race director Vincent Beaumesnil should be added.
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