François Hesnault

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François Hesnault
Born (1956-12-30) 30 December 1956 (age 57)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality France French
Active years 19841985
Teams Ligier, Brabham, Renault
Races 21 (19 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 1985 German Grand Prix

François Hesnault (born 30 December 1956) is a former racing driver from France. He participated in 21 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 25 March 1984. He scored no championship points.

Hesnault enjoyed some success in the French Formula Three Championship, finishing third in the series in 1982 and second in 1983.

After a season with Ligier he was hired to be Nelson Piquet's team-mate at Brabham, but he was sacked after four uncompetitive races, only returning for a one-off race in a third Renault which carried a prototype onboard camera, making it the first use of this technology in a Grand Prix. This is also the last race in which three cars have been entered for the same team (current third drivers are not eligible to compete in the races). After this race, Hesnault retired from motor racing, having suffered a particularly heavy crash in testing shortly before parting company with Brabham.

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1984 Ligier Loto Ligier JS23 Renault V6 (t/c) BRA
Ret
RSA
10
BEL
Ret
SMR
Ret
FRA
DNS
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
DAL
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
8
AUT
8
NED
7
ITA
Ret
EUR
10
POR
Ret
NC 0
1985 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT54 BMW S4 (t/c) BRA
Ret
POR
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
CAN
DET
FRA
GBR
NC 0
Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60 Renault V6 (t/c) GER
Ret
AUT
NED
ITA
BEL
EUR
RSA
AUS

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