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Philippe Alliot (born July 27, 1954) is a former French Formula One driver who participated in the sport from 1984 to 1990 and 1993 to 1994.

Formula One CareerEdit

Skoal Bandit RAM Racing (1984-1985)Edit

In 1984, he joined the Skoal Bandit RAM Racing Formula One team. He did not enjoyed much in the way of success, even failing to qualify 2 times in Belgium and Monaco. He did not started the Dallas Grand Prix without any reason. He scored no championship points, and finished only 3 times out of 13.

In 1985 he was retained by RAM Racing. He finished 9th in the season opener at Brazil, but did not finished further in the rest of the season. Failing to qualify in Monaco, his team folded before the end of the season. As a result, he went to the International Formula 3000 to race for Oreca in 1986.

Ligier (1986)Edit

After two years in F1 with the uncompetitive Hart-engined RAM cars, he dropped back into Formula 3000.[1]

After Frenchman Jacques Laffite was injured at the British Grand Prix and retired from Formula One thereafter, Alliot replaced him for the remainder of the season for Ligier. He would score his first career points at the Mexican Grand Prix, finishing sixth with 1 point.

Larrousse (1987-1989)Edit

After one season at Ligier, he moved to fellow French team Larrousse. He scored 3 points in 1987.

In 1988, he had a massive crash at the last qualifying session of the Mexican Grand Prix. He lost control of his Lola Larrousse coming out of the Peraltada corner, leading into the pit straight. He crashed after riding the outside curbing, as the car suddenly pulled right, collided with the pit wall, barrel-rolling down the straight, disintegrating and in the end stopped upside down in the middle of the track. Alliot was not only unhurt, but the team were able to re-build the car, and Alliot was able to make it to the race.

He would score only one point in 1989 at the Spanish Grand Prix. He left the team to get back to Ligier.

Return to Ligier (1990)Edit

As he returned to Ligier, he gained a reputation for accidents and crashes. This reputation led to criticism from team members, other drivers and even sports commentators. James Hunt called Alliot "one of the worst Grand Prix drivers ever to drive a Grand Prix car".

In the season-opening United States Grand Prix, Alliot was excluded from participating in the race when a mechanic worked on the car outside of the pit area during Friday's practice. He was disqualified from Germany because marshals helped his Ligier car to rejoin the race after being blocked by the spinning Dallara of Emanuele Pirro. He would fail to qualify for the Belgian Grand Prix, and would score no championship points that season.

In Portugal, he clipped Ferrari's Nigel Mansell and crashed out coming to the 2nd turn.

He would leave Formula One for sports car racing, racing for the Peugeot Sport team, enjoying his success.

Sports car racing (1991-1992)Edit

Return to Larrousse (1993)Edit

Alliot made another attempt at Formula One with a return to Larrousse in 1993. He scored his last points finish at the San Marino Grand Prix, finishing fifth. He was replaced by Japanese driver Toshio Suzuki for the final two rounds of the race.

McLaren test driver (1994)Edit

Alliot undertook a test driver role for the McLaren team in 1994, leading to an one-off race for the team at the Hungarian Grand Prix while Mika Häkkinen was suspended for an incident at the previous Grand Prix in Germany.

After Formula OneEdit

Alliot announced his retirement from Formula One in 1995. After that, he continued his racing career in sports car racing, driving at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 and 1996. He decided to try a career in politics, also did some television commentary and competed in ice racing and the Dakar Rally, but ended up running his own GT racing team.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1984 United Kingdom Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team RAM-Hart NC 0
1985 United Kingdom Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team RAM-Hart NC 0
1986 France Equipe Ligier Ligier-Renault 18th 1
1987 France Larrousse Calmels Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 17th 3
1988 France Larrousse Calmels Larrousse-Ford Cosworth NC 0
1989 France Larrousse Calmels (Rd.1)
Equipe Larrousse (Rd.2-16)
Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 26th 1
1990 France Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Ford Cosworth NC 0
1993 France Equipe Larrousse Larrousse-Lamborghini 17th 2
1994 France Equipe Larrousse Larrousse-Lamborghini NC 0
United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Peugeot McLaren-Peugeot

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 117
Starts 109
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 7

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pts Pos
1984 Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Belgium Flag of San Marino Flag of France Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of the United States Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Europe Flag of Portugal 0 NC
Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ
[2]
10th Ret Ret Ret 11th 10th Ret Ret Ret
1985 Flag of Brazil Flag of Portugal Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Belgium Flag of Europe Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Australia 0 NC
9th Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
1986 Flag of Brazil Flag of Spain Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Mexico Flag of Australia 1 18th
Ret 9th Ret Ret Ret 6th 8th
1987 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Mexico Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 3 17th
10th 8th Ret Ret Ret Ret 6th Ret 12th Ret Ret 6th 6th Ret Ret
1988 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
Ret 17th Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret 14th Ret 12th 9th Ret Ret 14th 9th 10th
1989 Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Mexico Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 1 26th
12th Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 16th Ret 9th 6th Ret Ret
1990 Flag of the United States Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Mexico Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Spain Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
EX 12th 9th Ret Ret 18th 9th 13th DSQ 14th DNQ 13th Ret Ret 10th 11th
1993 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of Europe Flag of San Marino Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 2 17th
Ret 7th Ret 5th Ret 12th Ret 9th 11th 12th 8th 12th 9th 10th
1994 Flag of Brazil Flag of the Pacific Community Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Portugal Flag of Europe Flag of Japan Flag of Australia 0 NC
Ret Ret


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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NotesEdit

  1. http://www.mclaren.com/formula1/heritage/driver/philippe-alliot/
  2. Race stopped after 31/76 Laps. Half points awarded

Quotes Edit

"Ligier seem to be getting their act together, but Alliot's crashes don't help." - Andrew Marriott. Eurosport. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix Build-Up.

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