sad day for family Renault and Alpine and all the Formula 1. The French brand announced on Thursday night the death of Jean Pierre Jabouille at 80 years of age. The French ex-driver was a pioneer with the diamond brand, driving the first Renault in the Grand Circus, the RS01, the yellow teapot. The year was 1977 and two seasons later Jabouille achieved his first victory, at home, in the 1979 French GP. Then came six pole positions and one more victory, in Austria in 1980. In addition, he drove for Williams, Ligier, Surtees and Tyrrell. A pioneer who was distinguished as a Knight of the National Order of Merit in 1994.
”The Alpine team is terribly saddened by the news of the passing of Jean-Pierre Jabouille, a humble racing driver, brilliant engineer and pioneer in our sport. Jean-Pierre was a true careerist. He led Renault’s journey into Formula 1 in 1977 with his determination and his daring attitude. He was our first Grand Prix winner in 1979, a milestone in Renault’s F1 history. His dedication and determination inspired many and those values continue to reign in the current team, under the Alpine blue colors. We are who we are today thanks to Jean-Pierre and his legacy, which lives on. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his family and his closest friends ”, reads the statement made by Alpine on its official channels.