Olivier Panis (PAH-nis; born 2 September 1966 in Oullins, Lyon, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France) is a French racing driver who is a retired Formula One driver.

He drove in F1 from 1994 to 2004, for Ligier, Prost, BAR and Toyota, also spending a year as the test driver of McLaren.

He won one race, the 1996 Monaco Grand Prix, scoring Ligier's final victory. For twenty-four years since then, no other French driver had won a race, until Pierre Gasly at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix.

He had a horrible crash at the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix, where he broke both his legs and missed seven races, getting replaced by Italian Jarno Trulli.

Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

1994-1995: Start of Something Special[edit | edit source]

After winning the Formula 3000 championship in 1993, Panis took the step to Formula One with Guy Ligier's Ligier Grand Prix. At his debut race at the 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix, he finished 11th. He scored his first podium at the 1994 German Grand Prix, finishing 2nd behind race winner Gerhard Berger.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]


Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1994 France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier-Renault 9 11th Report
1995 France Ligier Gitanes Blondes Ligier-Mugen-Honda 16 8th Report
1996 France Ligier Gauloises Blondes Ligier-Mugen-Honda 13 9th Report
1997 France Prost Gauloises Blondes Prost-Mugen-Honda 16 9th Report
1998 France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost-Peugeot 0 NC Report
1999 France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost-Peugeot 2 15th Report
2000 United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes Test Driver
2001 United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda 5 14th Report
2002 United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda 3 14th Report
2003 Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota 6 15th Report
2004 Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota 6 14th Report
2005 Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota Test Driver
2006 Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota Test Driver

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 158
Starts 157
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 0
Race Wins 1
Podiums 5
Fastest laps 0
Points 76
Laps Raced 7716
Distance Raced 36347.616 km (22585 mi)
Races Led 1
Laps Led 16
Distance Led 53.248 km (33 mi)

Race Wins[edit | edit source]

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1996 Monaco Grand Prix

Career Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Pts Pos
1994 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 9 11th
11th 9th 11th 9th 7th 12th Ret 12th 2nd 6th 7th 10th DSQ 9th 11th 6th
1995 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of the Pacific Community.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 16 8th
Ret 7th 9th 6th Ret 4th 8th 4th Ret 6th 9th Ret Ret Ret 8th 5th 2nd
1996 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Japan.svg 13 9th
7th 6th 8th Ret Ret 1st Ret Ret 7th Ret 7th 5th Ret Ret 10th 7th
1997 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Luxembourg.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Europe.svg 16 9th
5th 3rd Ret 8th 4th 2nd 11th[1] INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ 6th Ret 7th
1998 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg link = 1998 Argentine Grand Prix Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Luxembourg.svg Flag of Japan.svg 0 NC
9th Ret 15th 11th 16th Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret 15th 12th DNS Ret 12th 11th
1999 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2 15th
Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret 9th 8th 13th 10th 6th 10th 13th 11th 9th Ret Ret
2000 Test driver
2001 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 5 14th
7th Ret 4th 8th 7th 5th Ret Ret Ret 9th Ret 7th Ret 11th 9th 11th 13th
2002 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of France.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 3 14th
Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th 9th 5th Ret Ret 12th 12th 6th 12th Ret
2003 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Japan.svg 6 15th
Ret Ret Ret 9th Ret Ret 13th 8th Ret 8th 11th 5th Ret Ret Ret 10th
2004 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Brazil.svg 6 14th
13th 12th 9th 11th Ret 8th 11th DSQ 5th 15th Ret 14th 11th 8th Ret 14th 14th
2005 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of China.svg
TD


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5th Points finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14th Non-points finish TD Test driver
NC Non-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
Italics Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap [+] More Symbols

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Did not finish, but was classified as having completed over 90% of the race winner's distance. Panis broke both his legs in an accident.
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