Philippe Alliot

Born:
27th July 1953 (Age 66)
Voves, Centre
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Philippe Alliot was a Formula 1 driver for a decade but only scored points in six of his 109 races. Already in his twenties when he took a course at Nogaro’s racing school, he was encouraged enough to stop studying politics at University and race in Formula Renault.

Success in Formula Renault and F3

Unfortunately for Alliot, an early adversary was Alain Prost but he finally beat Joël Gouhier to win the 1978 French Formula Renault title in his third season. He remained with BP Racing for his Formula 3 graduation and competed in the French series at first.

A move to ORECA Martini and the European series was rewarded with success in 1980. On the podium in the first four races, Alliot qualified on the front row at Monaco and won a couple of French Championship races. A winner in the European Championship for the next two seasons, he finished third in the 1981 standings and second in the 1982 Monaco support race.

Alliot raced the unique Formula 2 Martini 001-BMW in 1983 – pole position at Misano a notable achievement. He was also third at Le Mans that year when sharing a Kremer Porsche 956 with Mario and Michael Andretti.

Formula 1 with RAM and F3000 victory

Success and a budget led to F1 in 1984 when he joined the Skoal Bandit-sponsored RAM-Hart team. But after two uncompetitive seasons at the back of the field, Alliot took the unusual decision to drop down to F3000 in 1986. It paid dividends when his ORECA March 86B-Cosworth won from pole position at Spa-Francorchamps in May.

Ligier veteran Jacques Laffite broke his leg in that year’s British GP and Alliot replaced him. He finished sixth in the Mexican GP to score his first F1 point and spent the next three seasons with Gérard Larrousse’s new concern. Three sixth-place finishes helped Alliot to a career-best 16th in the 1987 World Championship. Somewhat crash-prone, he walked away from a 180mph accident during qualifying for the 1988 Mexican GP.

Sports car success with Peugeot

Another season with Ligier followed in 1990 before Alliot quit F1 in search of more competitive machinery. He won on his debut for the ambitious Peugeot sports car team in 1991 and finished third in the World Sportscar Championship for the next two seasons. He was also on pole position for the Le Mans 24 hours for three successive years and again finished the race third in 1992 and 1993.

Politics and Formula 1 return

He returned to F1 and Larrousse in 1993 to finish a career-best fifth at Imola before being replaced for the last two GPs of the year. He retired from his last two F1 races a year later when replacing McLaren-Peugeot’s suspended Mika Häkkinen in Hungary and Larrousse’s pay driver Olivier Beretta in Belgium whose sponsorship had run out.

Alliot briefly quit racing in 1995 to enter politics but returned to compete in ice racing, sports cars, the Paris-Dakar and touring cars. His Courage C36-Porsche was running fourth in the 15th hour of the 1996 Le Mans 24 Hours when Alliot crashed at Tertre Rouge. He entered Le Mans for the last time in 2003 but now races for fun. A cultured and popular man, he crashed too often and endured more days of disappointment than most of his F1 peers.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2004 FIA GT Championship 41st 5.5
2003 FIA GT Championship 42nd 9
1994 F1 World Championship
Marlboro McLaren Peugeot
Tourtel Larrousse F1
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1993 F1 World Championship
Larrousse F1
14 0 0 0
0% win rate
17th 2
1992 World Sportscar Championship
Peugeot Talbot Sport
6 3 4 2 3rd 64
1991 World Sportscar Championship
Peugeot Talbot Sport
8 2 3 1 3rd 69
1990 F1 World Championship
Equipe Ligier Gitanes
14 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1989 F1 World Championship
Equipe Larrousse
Larrousse Calmels
15 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 1
1988 F1 World Championship
Larrousse Calmels
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 F1 World Championship
Larrousse Calmels
15 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 3
1986 F1 World Championship
Equipe Ligier
7 0 0 0
0% win rate
18th 1
1986 FIA International F3000 Championship
ORECA
6 1 1 1
17% win rate
9th 9
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
John Fitzpatrick Racing
1 0 0 0 77th 1
1985 FIA European F3000 Championship
BS Automotive
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 1
1985 F1 World Championship
Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team
13 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1984 F1 World Championship
Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team
13 (3) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1983 European F2 Championship
Marlboro Team Martini
10 (1) 1 0 0
0% win rate
12th 4
1983 World Endurance Championship
Porsche Kremer Racing
2 0 1 0 25th 12
1982 European F3 Championship
ORECA
9 (3) 0 2 1
12% win rate
6th 25
1981 World Endurance Championship
BMW Italie-France
2 0 0 0 309th 6
1981 European F3 Championship
ORECA
14 1 5 2
15% win rate
3rd 41
1980 European F3 Championship
ORECA
13 (1) 1 6 0
0% win rate
5th 39
1979 European F3 Championship
Kores Racing
2 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1978 French Formula Renault 2.0 Championship 1st -