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Jules-Albert de Dion (March 9 1856 - August 19 1946) was the driver of the lone car that took part in the second known motor race, the 1887 Pont du Neuilly-Versailles. Unsurprisingly, the lone car was proven to be the victor.

However he would then go on to finish the line in first place at the first major motor race in history, the 1894 Paris-Rouen. He also became the first person to be disqualified from a motor race as shortly after he took victory, his De Dion car was deemed contrary to the regulations.

The race was meant to be merely a publicity stunt for automobile manufacturers to which the winner would be judged based on their handling ability, safety and comfort.

De Dion defied all these regulations and simply aimed to prove that he had the fastest and most daring machine among the field. Although he was disqualified from the race, he thereafter established the template that motor racing would be based on pure speed rather than a simple corporate marketing scheme.

De Dion became one of the founding members of the Automobile Club de France (ACF) and was subsequently one of the influential members of the creation of the Grand Prix. The Grand Prix being known as the premier race and category of motorsport.

De Dion died at the age of 90 in 1946, only five months before the founding of the Formula One category to which Grand Prix is now most commonly known.

Formula One CareerEdit

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 0
Starts 0
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 0

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Pts Pos


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
ItalicsScored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

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