Jean-Pierre Jabouille dead aged 80: First Renault driver ever to win an F1 Grand Prix passes away

And he celebrated that by taking Renault’s maiden win in the 1979 French Grand Prix. The Alpine team, who are owned by Renault, said it was “incredibly saddened” by Jabouille’s death. “He was Renault’s first Grand Prix winner in 1979, a landmark moment in Renault’s journey in Formula 1. Jabouille, who was an engineer by trade, was part of the Renault F1 project from its beginning and helped to develop its new turbo engine. Following retirement from F1, Jabouille briefly managed at the Ligier team and was then head of Peugeot’s engine programme in the 1990s. While a fellow fan added: “RiP Jean Pierre Jabouille… You remain the first and only one Jean Pierre.”.

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