Jean-Pierre Jaboul: Formula 1 turbo pioneer dies / Formula 1

He was the primary man with a turbo engine to begin a Formula 1 World Championship race (Silverstone 1977), and he was the primary turbo winner (Dijon 1979) – Jean-Pierre Jabouil. Now the Frenchman died on the age of 80.


The racing group has misplaced three French Formula 1 drivers in simply two months: Patrick Tambay (December 4) and Philippe Streiff (December 23) adopted by the loss of life of turbo pioneer Jean-Pierre Jabouil. The Parisian died on February 2, 2023 on the age of 80.

A specialist engineer at Renault, Jaboul was largely accountable for the event of the 1.5 liter V6 turbo engine that the French raced in Formula 1 in 1977. First GP outing: British Grand Prix at Silverstone with Renault RS01.

The son of an architect, he made his motorsport debut in 1966 in a modest Renault 8 Gordini. Two years later, he completed second general within the French Formula 3 behind François Severt. Proving to be a real all-rounder, the tall blonde was shortly signed by Formula 3 and a pair of in a single-seater sports activities automotive (Matra, later Renault).

In 1974, he was invited to visitor at Frank Williams’ residence race in France, however didn’t qualify for Iso. A number of weeks later, the identical recreation was performed at John Surtees’ Renner in Austria. It lastly occurred once more in 1975 – within the third race automotive pushed by Ken Tyrrell, at his residence race in France.

It has lengthy been recognized who Renault will put within the new turbocharged Alpine chassis. The 1976 Formula 2 European Championship title was only a bonus.

Renault discovered top notch the laborious manner in public: the engines typically smoked a lot that the British mocked Jabouillet’s French manufacturing facility automotive as a “yellow teapot”.

But Jean-Pierre and his workers weren’t deterred. However, it was greater than a yr earlier than Jabouil scored his first factors for Renault on the 1978 US Grand Prix, ending fourth.

From 1979, the French raced with two drivers, Jaboul and the younger René Arnaud.

While Jaboul was a quiet employee, Arnoux made headlines in 1979 in Dijon with a bitter wheel-to-wheel battle in opposition to Ferrari driver Gilles Villeneuve. The second place is at risk. The chief was virtually forgotten attributable to a tricky combat – Jean-Pierre Yaboule gained in Renault RS10.

At the Canadian Grand Prix in 1980, Jaboul suffered a extreme leg fracture and a damaged ankle. That’s the tip of the season. Jaboul returned to Formula 1 with Lidier in 1981, however it was clear – he didn’t absolutely recuperate. He determined to finish his Formula 1 profession.

Jaboul entered Formula 1 in 1982 as supervisor of the Lider-Talbot staff.

In the mid-Nineteen Eighties, JPJ competed in touring automotive racing in France and helped Peugeot develop a Le Mans racing automotive. In 1994, he succeeded Jean Todt as Sporting Director of Peugeot. But a yr later he was compelled to step down after engine failures at McLaren and Peugeot GP in Jordan.

Jean-Pierre Jaboul was final seen in Formula 1 on the 2019 French Grand Prix at Le Castellet.

Jean-Pierre Jaboul in Formula 1

49 Grand Prix
6 pole positions
2 wins (France 1979, Austria 1980)
21 championship factors
179 rounds
Eighth World Championship 1980


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