Articles tagged Jean-Luc Lagardere

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Reflections with Nigel Roebuck

The Bianchi accident, Montjuich Park 1975, Vettel and Alonso In the hours following Jules Bianchi’s accident, several moments and conversations came back to me, one of them with Martin Brundle at Suzuka in 1995, in which he recalled the Japanese Grand Prix a year earlier. In appalling conditions – worse even than those at this year’s race – Brundle’s McLaren flew off the road at the Dunlop Curve...

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Lunch with... Chris Amon

He didn’t achieve the results that his enormous talent merited, but no matter: F1’s ‘unluckiest driver’ is just glad to have lived to tell the taleBy Simon Taylor Today’s media like to give our heroes convenient labels. Stirling Moss is “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship” – a glib line which says nothing about The Boy’s unrivalled versatility, or his racer’s heart. In the...

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Legends

Ken Tyrrell In the Spa paddock, the loss of Ken Tyrrell was on many a mind, not least that of Jean Alesi. "My first F1 drive was for Ken, at the French Grand Prix in 1989 — and it was supposed to be for just that one race. Eddie Jordan, my manager, made the deal. Ken said to me, 'OK, it's your first grand prix. Take it calmly, build up to speed.' "Immediately, he gave me confidence, although...

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Blue murder and red mist

Matra had already won Le Mans – now it wanted more. Ferrari was facing a classic duel to remember – especially as it would be their last in sports car racing. The year: 1973 By Paul Fearnley Twelve outings, 12 victories: Ferrari’s most successful sports car campaign had run perfectly under the calming, multilingual tutelage of Peter Schetty. This 30-year-old, Basle-born economics and political...

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Crowning achievement

F1 racers don't always make great 24-hour drivers, but on his tenth visit to Le Mans, Graham Hill knew exactly what was required of him. Gary Watkins describes how the Englishman achieved his still-unique triple crown Henri Pescarolo wasn't best pleased. He'd already taken some persuading to rejoin Matra for its most serious assault yet on the Le Mans 24 Hours — and now he'd been told he'd be...

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Lunch with... Henri Pescarolo

He’s a record-breaking flyer and rally driver, but after 33 drives there he is ‘Mr Le Mans’ – though his new role as team boss has brought a fresh sort of battle I’m sitting outside a bistro in the warm Paris sunshine, enjoying a pre-lunch aperitif with Henri Pescarolo. Not for nothing is this man known as Monsieur Le Mans. He has competed in the 24 Hours 44 times, 33 as a driver and 11 as an...

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Matra Racing

When the aero-space and research firm of Engins Matra first showed an interest in motor cars and motor racing, by forming a subsidiary company called Matra-Sports in October 1964, it created only mild interest in the International scene. They had absorbed the dwindling racing team and car factory of René Bonnet, taking over his mid-engined sports car and monocoque Formula 3 cars, and it looked as...

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Triple Treat

Matra's plan was to win both Formula One titles plus Le Mans in just ten years. In the event, it did all that and more. Gordon Cruickshank reports. It's hard to think of a recent equivalent to the Matra racing regime. In one glorious decade, from 1965 to 1974, Matra fielded victorious Grand Prix cars and Le Mans winners at the same time as building F2 and F3 cars and selling quirky roadcars ......

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Nigel Roebuck

Australian rain recalls Prost's bold action at Adelaide 24 years back, while Raikkonen's "easy" win highlights the contrast between the dour Finn and an innocent Chris Amon "Kimi can do some good things this year," said Anthony Davidson as we talked through the forthcoming Formula 1 season. "In fact, I reckon Lotus could be the dark horse of 2013..." Melbourne is always said to be an atypical...

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Matra MS80

It was the car that, along with Cosworth power and Jackie Stewart, led Matra to glory before its F1 dream turned sour by Keith Howard Colin Chapman’s privileged access to the Ford-Cosworth DFV ended at the close of the Formula 1 race season in 1967. What followed we now regard as the DFV era, but ironically one of the early adopters of Keith Duckworth’s engine for 1968, and the first to beat...

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