The Race he did not win

René Arnoux, F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands, Zandvoort 1983.
René Arnoux, F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands, Zandvoort 1983.

Last week-end was the return of Formula 1 Grand Prix to France. And what was my best moment? Bumping into René Arnoux again. At a time when F1 drivers were risking their lives every single race, this die-hard Renault, then Ferrari driver earned himself 22 podium places, of which 7 were victories. On the other hand, whenever anyone stops him in the Paul Ricard Circuit paddock, it’s to reminisce about a race that he didn’t win: the 1979 French Grand Prix and his heated battle with Gilles Villeneuve. Those couple of famous laps forever left their mark on the history of automobile racing. Head straight over to Internet to see firsthand what fighting to the very end truly means.

C’était le retour du Grand Prix de France, ce week-end. Ma plus belle émotion ? Retomber sur René Arnoux. À l’époque où les pilotes de F1 risquaient leur vie à chaque course, l’irréductible pilote Renault puis Ferrari s’est octroyé 22 podiums dont 7 victoires. Pourtant, si tout le monde l’arrête dans le paddock du Circuit Paul Ricard, c’est pour lui reparler d’une course qu’il ne gagna pas. Sa passe d’armes avec Gilles Villeneuve au Grand Prix de France 1979 marqua à jamais l’histoire du sport automobile. Foncez sur Internet visionner ce que se battre veut dire.

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