Senior Team Manager
Jean-Paul Driot has enjoyed significant sporting success for almost 30 years.
Leading DAMS since its formation, he has steered it to a host of international championships, most notably in Formula 1’s official feeder category, the GP2 series, and its forerunner, International F3000, as well as in Formula Renault 3.5.
But perhaps his greatest achievement has been uncovering and nurturing young talent. Driot has been instrumental in the career development of several racing stars, placing his faith and the DAMS team’s support behind talents like Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz Jr on their ascent to F1.
When the time came to get involved with the ground-breaking FIA Formula E Championship, Driot immediately seized the opportunity. A firm believer in the concept of racing fully-electric single-seater cars, the famed team owner joined forces with F1 legend Alain Prost to launch e.dams, now competing as Renault e.dams in partnership with the French car maker.
As well as single-seater racing, Driot has also led the team in successful endurance racing programmes at prestigious events such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, and in the Porsche Supercup.
Additionally Jean-Paul is heavily involved with the French motor racing industry and has held several notable positions, including President of the FFSA circuit commission in the late 90s and within the ACF (Automobile Club de France). His contribution has seen him awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and Gold Medal from the French Ministry of Sports.
"When you have won, you want to keep winning. Motivation is higher than ever, and it is highest when the competition is intense and the gaps between competitors very tight. We need to keep on top of everything and keep pushing."
Senior Team Manager
Alain Prost is one of motorsport’s genuine legends. A four-time Formula One World Champion with 51 victories to his name, his racing duels have gone down in history as some of the most exciting ever.
Alain Prost was born in 1955 near Saint Chamond in the Loire region of central France. He threw himself into many sports and even considered football as a professional career. However a chance encounter with kart racing on a family holiday grew into a passion and in 1974 he left school to become a full-time racer. His first title came the following year in the French senior karting championship, his prize for which was a season in Formula Renault. He would win two titles in the category before moving to Formula Three. In 1978 and 1979 he won both the French and European F3 championships, by which time he was on the shopping lists of several Formula One teams. After carefully considering his options he chose to sign with McLaren for 1980.
In his first Formula One season – one of the most competitive periods ever seen – he finished in the points four times. For the 1981 season he signed for the Renault team. He would not have to wait long for his first win, which came on home soil in the 1981 French Grand Prix at Dijon. The victories just kept coming: he had nine during his three seasons with Renault, including at Monza, Silverstone and the Osterreichring.
In 1984 Alain returned to McLaren and a remarkable era began. In six seasons Alain won a total of 30 races, three World Championships and was runner-up twice. He became the first French World Champion in 1985, the first back-to-back champion since Jack Brabham in 1986 and, in 1987, his 28th Grand Prix victory beat Jackie Stewart’s 14-year-old record.
In 1988, Prost contributed seven wins to his McLaren-Honda team’s season dominance with 15 victories from 16 races. However, a sensational rivalry was the headline act. New team-mate Ayrton Senna won eight races and the title, but the on – and often off-track – battles pushed each driver to new, unprecedented heights of success. The two continued McLaren’s domination throughout 1989, with Alain proving victorious that year.
In 1990 Alain signed for Ferrari and won five races. Again, the championship went down to the wire, but it was Senna who took the win this time. 1991 was a difficult year and Alain took a sabbatical in 1992, only to return in 1993 with Williams. He would win seven more races - bringing his total to a then record 51 - and take his fourth driving title.
Alain retired on a high at the end of the season. He has gone on to several different ventures inside and outside Formula 1, with Renault e.dams one of the most ambitious, but ultimately most successful, endeavours.
"We have a good operational team and a good partner in Renault, who brings strong technical support. We also have two strong drivers that are very complementary and get on very well. In all areas there is co-operation and cohesion, which is incredibly important in the team championship."