Francois Migault

Born:
4th December 1944
Le Mans, Pays de la Loire
Died:
29th January 2012 (Aged 67)
Parigne-l'Eveque, Pays de la Loire
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

With prematurely balding hair, François Migault did not look like a racing driver. His single-seater record was modest but he was a mainstay of the Le Mans 24 Hours from 1971 to 2002.

Early racing career

A leading Formula 3 contender during 1970 with a Tecno, he switched to a Martini to win at Nogaro during the following season. Migault also made his Formula 2 debut in 1971 when his LIRA Lotus 69-Cosworth finished fifth at Rouen-les-Essarts. Fourth at Albi later that season with a works March 712M-Cosworth, his first taste of Formula 1 had been a disaster.

Formula 1 struggles

Migault was chosen to drive the new Connew PC1-Ford at the 1972 British Grand Prix. Suspension failure during qualifying prevented him from starting that day but he made his debut in Austria. However the team was a shambles.

He joined Pygmée for the 1973 F2 season and returned to F1 in 1974 as part of BRM’s all-French line-up. Very much the number three driver, he had to rely on an old BRM P160E for most of the year. It was a struggle but he did qualify 14th for the British GP and finish fifth in the non-championship International Trophy at Silverstone.

Without an F1 drive at the start of 1975, Migault joined Graham Hill Racing for the ill-fated Spanish GP at Montjuich Park. Migault crashed into Ronnie Peterson’s Lotus while being lapped shortly before the race was stopped following team-mate Rolf Stommelen’s tragic accident. Migault’s Hill GH1-Ford retired from the Belgian GP and engine failure during practice in France prevented his one-off race with Williams. That was his final GP appearance and Migault abandoned single-seaters after a lacklustre 1976 F2 campaign with Osella.

Sports car career

He had already begun his sports car career that would last for decades to come. Second in the 1973 Daytona 24 Hours with a NART Ferrari 365 GTB4, he was third at Le Mans a year later when sharing a works Matra-Simca MS670C with Jean-Pierre Jabouille.

The closest that Migault came to victory at Le Mans was in 1976 when he shared the second placed GTC-entered Mirage GR8-Ford with Jean-Louis Lafosse. He never won a world championship race during his long career in endurance racing with second again his best result (1979 Silverstone Six Hours with a De Cadenet LM-Ford).

Subsequent attempts at Le Mans for the likes of Rondeau, WM and Courage yielded just a third place finish in 1981 with Gordon Spice and a Rondeau M379-Ford. The 2002 Le Mans 24 Hours was his 25th and final start in the race.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1992 World Sportscar Championship
Team Lee-Davey
0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1991 World Sportscar Championship
Courage Competition
6 0 0 0 36th 9
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Alba
Automobiles Louis Descartes
9 0 0 0 0
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Courage Competition
1 0 0 0 0
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
WM Secateva
1 0 0 0 0
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
WM Secateva
1 0 0 0 0
1984 World Endurance Championship
John Bartlett Racing
1 0 0 0 0
1983 World Endurance Championship
Peer Racing
1 0 0 0 0
1982 World Endurance Championship
Jean Rondeau
3 0 0 0 55th 8
1981 World Endurance Championship
Jean Rondeau
1 0 1 0 123rd 19
1980 World Championship of Makes
Alain de Cadenet
1 0 0 0 4
1979 World Championship of Makes
Alain de Cadenet
2 0 1 0 21
1978 World Championship of Makes
Howard O'Flynn
2 0 0 0 0
1976 European F2 Championship
Osella Squadra Corse
4 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 1
1976 World Championship of Sportscars 1 0 0 0 0
1976 World Championship of Makes 1 0 0 0 0
1975 F1 World Championship
Embassy Racing with Graham Hill
Frank Williams Racing Cars
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1975 World Championship of Makes
Equipe Ligier Gitanes
2 (1) 0 0 0 6
1974 F1 World Championship
Team Motul BRM
10 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1974 World Championship of Makes
Automobiles Ligier
Equipe Gitanes
2 0 1 0 18
1973 European F2 Championship
Shell-Arnold Team
4 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1973 World Championship of Makes
North American Racing Team
2 0 1 0 15
1972 F1 World Championship
Darnval Connew Racing Team
1 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1972 World Championship of Makes
Automobiles Charles Pozzi
1 0 0 0 0
1971 European F2 Trophy
LIRA Team Lotus
March Engineering
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
11th 7
1969 International Championship of Makes
North American Racing Team
0 (1) 0 0 0 0