Philippe Alliot (born July 27, 1954) is a former French Formula One driver who participated in the sport from 1984 to 1990 and 1993 to 1994.

Formula One Career[edit | edit source]

Skoal Bandit RAM Racing (1984-1985)[edit | edit source]

In 1984, he joined the Skoal Bandit RAM Racing Formula One team. He did not enjoyed much in the way of success, even failing to qualify 2 times in Belgium and Monaco. He did not started the Dallas Grand Prix without any reason. He scored no championship points, and finished only 3 times out of 13.

In 1985 he was retained by RAM Racing. He finished 9th in the season opener at Brazil, but did not finished further in the rest of the season. Failing to qualify in Monaco, his team folded before the end of the season. As a result, he went to the International Formula 3000 to race for Oreca in 1986.

Ligier (1986)[edit | edit source]

After two years in F1 with the uncompetitive Hart-engined RAM cars, he dropped back into Formula 3000.[1]

After Frenchman Jacques Laffite was injured at the British Grand Prix and retired from Formula One thereafter, Alliot replaced him for the remainder of the season for Ligier. He would score his first career points at the Mexican Grand Prix, finishing sixth with 1 point.

Larrousse (1987-1989)[edit | edit source]

After one season at Ligier, he moved to fellow French team Larrousse. He scored 3 points in 1987.

In 1988, he had a massive crash at the last qualifying session of the Mexican Grand Prix. He lost control of his Lola Larrousse coming out of the Peraltada corner, leading into the pit straight. He crashed after riding the outside curbing, as the car suddenly pulled right, collided with the pit wall, barrel-rolling down the straight, disintegrating and in the end stopped upside down in the middle of the track. Alliot was not only unhurt, but the team were able to re-build the car, and Alliot was able to make it to the race.

He would score only one point in 1989 at the Spanish Grand Prix. He left the team to get back to Ligier.

Return to Ligier (1990)[edit | edit source]

As he returned to Ligier, he gained a reputation for accidents and crashes. This reputation led to criticism from team members, other drivers and even sports commentators. James Hunt called Alliot "one of the worst Grand Prix drivers ever to drive a Grand Prix car".

In the season-opening United States Grand Prix, Alliot was excluded from participating in the race when a mechanic worked on the car outside of the pit area during Friday's practice. He was disqualified from Germany because marshals helped his Ligier car to rejoin the race after being blocked by the spinning Dallara of Emanuele Pirro. He would fail to qualify for the Belgian Grand Prix, and would score no championship points that season.

In Portugal, he clipped Ferrari's Nigel Mansell and crashed out coming to the 2nd turn.

He would leave Formula One for sports car racing, racing for the Peugeot Sport team, enjoying his success.

Sports car racing (1991-1992)[edit | edit source]

Return to Larrousse (1993)[edit | edit source]

Alliot made another attempt at Formula One with a return to Larrousse in 1993. He scored his last points finish at the San Marino Grand Prix, finishing fifth. He was replaced by Japanese driver Toshio Suzuki for the final two rounds of the race.

McLaren test driver (1994)[edit | edit source]

Alliot undertook a test driver role for the McLaren team in 1994, leading to an one-off race for the team at the Hungarian Grand Prix while Mika Häkkinen was suspended for an incident at the previous Grand Prix in Germany.

After Formula One[edit | edit source]

Alliot announced his retirement from Formula One in 1995. After that, he continued his racing career in sports car racing, driving at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 and 1996. He decided to try a career in politics, also did some television commentary and competed in ice racing and the Dakar Rally, but ended up running his own GT racing team.

Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]

Formula One Record[edit | edit source]

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1984 United Kingdom Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team RAM-Hart NC 0
1985 United Kingdom Skoal Bandit Formula 1 Team RAM-Hart NC 0
1986 France Equipe Ligier Ligier-Renault 18th 1
1987 France Larrousse Calmels Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 17th 3
1988 France Larrousse Calmels Larrousse-Ford Cosworth NC 0
1989 France Larrousse Calmels (Rd.1)
Equipe Larrousse (Rd.2-16)
Larrousse-Ford Cosworth 26th 1
1990 France Ligier Gitanes Ligier-Ford Cosworth NC 0
1993 France Equipe Larrousse Larrousse-Lamborghini 17th 2
1994 France Equipe Larrousse Larrousse-Lamborghini NC 0
United Kingdom Marlboro McLaren Peugeot McLaren-Peugeot

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

Entries 117
Starts 109
Pole Positions 0
Race Wins 0
Podiums 0
Fastest laps 0
Points 7

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 Pts Pos
1984 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Portugal.svg 0 NC
Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret DNQ
[2]
10th Ret Ret Ret 11th 10th Ret Ret Ret
1985 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
9th Ret Ret DNQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
1986 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Belgium.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 Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Australia.svg 1 18th
Ret 9th Ret Ret Ret 6th 8th
1987 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Monaco.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 Austria.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 3 17th
10th 8th Ret Ret Ret Ret 6th Ret 12th Ret Ret 6th 6th Ret Ret
1988 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.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 Portugal.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
Ret 17th Ret Ret 10th Ret Ret 14th Ret 12th 9th Ret Ret 14th 9th 10th
1989 Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.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 Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 1 26th
12th Ret Ret NC Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret DNPQ 16th Ret 9th 6th Ret Ret
1990 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Mexico.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 Spain.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 0 NC
EXC 12th 9th Ret Ret 18th 9th 13th DSQ 14th DNQ 13th Ret Ret 10th 11th
1993 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Europe.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 Japan.svg Flag of Australia.svg 2 17th
Ret 7th Ret 5th Ret 12th Ret 9th 11th 12th 8th 12th 9th 10th
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 0 NC
Ret Ret


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. http://www.mclaren.com/formula1/heritage/driver/philippe-alliot/
  2. Race stopped after 31/76 Laps. Half points awarded

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"Ligier seem to be getting their act together, but Alliot's crashes don't help." - Andrew Marriott. Eurosport. 1990 San Marino Grand Prix Build-Up.

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