Franck Montagny

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Franck Montagny
Franck Montagny Le Mans drivers parade 2011 crop.jpg
Montagny at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans driver parade
Nationality France French
Born (1978-01-05) 5 January 1978 (age 36)
Feurs, Loire, France
2014 Formula E
Debut season 2014
Current team Andretti Autosport
Car no. 27
Starts 1
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 0 in 0
Finished last season 0
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 2006
Teams Super Aguri
Races 7
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2006 European Grand Prix
Last race 2006 French Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1998–2002, 2005–2006, 2008–2012
Teams Courage Compétition, DAMS, Team Oreca, Pescarolo Sport, Team Peugeot Total
Best finish 2nd (2006, 2009)

Franck Montagny (born 5 January 1978 in Feurs, Loire) is a French motor racing driver, who competes in Formula E for Andretti Autosport. He briefly raced for the Super Aguri Formula One team in 2006.

Early career[edit]

Montagny started racing karts there in 1988, winning the cadet class in the French Karting Championship in 1992, and the National 1 class the following year.

He made his debut in cars in 1994, aged 16, promptly winning the French Renault Campus championship. The next two years were spent in Formula Renault, with finishes in fourth (the highest-finishing rookie that year) and sixth (despite missing half the season with multiple fractures obtained in an accident at Le Mans) respectively, before transferring up to French Formula Three in 1997 with the La Filière Martini team, debuting with another fourth place championship finish.

Formula Three breakthrough[edit]

Montagny had a breakthrough year in Formula Three in 1998, including a pole position at the Spa-Francorchamps race ahead of much more experienced drivers including Mark Webber, Luciano Burti, Enrique Bernoldi and Peter Dumbreck. He repeated the feat in the Zandvoort Masters in the Netherlands later that year, beating then German Formula Three champion Nick Heidfeld. He consistently outpaced long-time team-mate Sébastien Bourdais and ended the season with 10 wins from 22 races, including 12 pole positions, finishing the championship as runner-up behind David Saelens.

Formula 3000 and sports cars[edit]

Montagny moved up to Formula 3000 in 1999, driving for the DAMS team which was falling from its peak by then. One podium finish at the Hungaroring was his main success; he totalled only 6 points and tenth place that season. He however ended the year with success in the Elf Masters Karting at Paris-Bercy.

A repeat of his unsuccessful year in Formula 3000 prompted a move to World Series by Nissan in 2001, signing for the Epsilon by Graff team. He won 8 races out of a possible 16, and beat Tomas Scheckter to the championship. He changed teams for 2002 to Racing Engineering, but was beaten into second place in the championship by Ricardo Zonta. He supplemented this with a sixth place finish for Oreca at the Le Mans 24 hours.

Formula One[edit]

Renault and Jordan[edit]

Montagny returned to the World Series by Nissan in 2003 with Gabord Competicion, and secured his second championship title with nine victories, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen. This performance earned him a test with the Renault Formula One team, in which he impressed sufficiently to earn a contract as a test driver in 2003, moving up to become third driver during the 2004 & 2005 seasons. He did an impressive one-off for Jordan as third driver on the Friday of the 2005 European Grand Prix, clocking a quicker time than Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro, the official Jordan drivers.

In mid-2004, as part of his Renault F1 testing duties, Montagny became the chief test and development driver for the new GP2 Series, which would be powered by Renault engines. Montagny was the first driver to take the wheel of the car, and along with former F1 driver and ex-Renault F1 tester and Friday driver Allan McNish, divided testing duties between them, before the GP2 Series was officially launched in 2005. Much of the success of the championship and the drivability of the car has been placed on the development skills of Montagny. This was further evidenced at the start of the 2006 GP2 Series season, when Montagny was called in to test for the newly created FMS International team, to aid them and their drivers in understanding the complexities of the car, at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain, where Montagny had put in hundreds of testing laps in his time with Renault F1.

Super Aguri[edit]

Montagny driving for Super Aguri at the 2006 French Grand Prix.
Montagny driving for Pescarolo Sport during practice for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans.

For 2006, Super Aguri took Montagny on as third driver; however, he was promoted to full race driver in May after it was announced that Yuji Ide was to drop back into testing; Ide was demoted at the behest of the governing body who considered him insufficiently experienced for Formula One. Montagny hence competed in his first Grand Prix, the 2006 European Grand Prix on 7 May, qualifying last and retiring with a hydraulics problem. He did not finish his second race 2006 Spanish Grand Prix: after a great start, enabling him to gain 3 positions, he retired on lap 10 with a mechanical failure. It was third time lucky for him at the Monaco Grand Prix, when he finished the 78-lap race in 16th place, three laps behind the leader.

During the break between the British Grand Prix and the Canadian Grand Prix, Montagny was able to participate in the Le Mans 24 Hours, finishing second for Pescarolo Sport behind only the dominating Audi factory R10s. He was the first active Formula One driver to also participate at Le Mans in the same year since Bertrand Gachot in 1994.

On 12 July, Super Aguri announced that Sakon Yamamoto would replace him from the German Grand Prix onwards. Montagny did not appear in his role as third driver for the next two weekends as only two Super Aguri SA06s were available but a third chassis was prepared during the summer break enabling him to reprise this role at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Toyota[edit]

Montagny tested for Toyota F1 in September 2006 at Silverstone. A month later, Toyota confirmed that he would join the team as test driver for the 2007 season, as Olivier Panis and Ricardo Zonta were leaving the team. After spending 2007 as a test driver, Montagny left the team after a test at the Circuit de Catalunya in November.[1] He was still interested in gaining a ride in F1,[2] and had been linked with the Renault F1 team for the 2010 season,[3] but Renault signed Vitaly Petrov.

After Formula One[edit]

Montagny competed in the final Champ Car World Series race, held at the Long Beach circuit on April 19, 2008. He finished second in his first appearance in a race in the United States, five seconds behind Australian Will Power. In June, he drove the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP at the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished in the third place with Ricardo Zonta and Christian Klien.

Montagny made his debut in the American Le Mans Series with Andretti Green Racing at the 2008 Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in July 2008, driving an Acura ARX-01B.[4]

He made his IndyCar Series debut in 2009 at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway with Andretti Green Racing.

Superleague Formula[edit]

Montagny has signed up to drive the Girondins de Bordeaux entry in the Superleague Formula for the 2010 season.[5]

Formula E[edit]

In May 2014, Andretti Autosport announced that Montagny would race for them in the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship in 2014-15.[6]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Position
1994 Formula Renault Campus France  ?  ?  ? 3  ? 1st
1995 Formula Renault France La Filière 14  ? 1 70 4th
1996 Formula Renault France La Filière  ?  ? 2 74 6th
1997 French Formula Three  ?  ?  ? 4 129 4th
British Formula Three La Filière 1 0 0 12 18th
Macau Grand Prix La Filière 1 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula Three  ? 1 0 0 N/A 14th
1998 French Formula Three La Filière 22 12 10 226 2nd
Le Mans 24 Hours Courage Compétition (LMP1) 1 0 0 N/A 5th
Macau Grand Prix Equipe de France 1 0 0 N/A NC
Masters of Formula Three  ? 1 0 0 N/A 6th
1999 International Formula 3000 DAMS 10 0 0 6 12th
American Le Mans Series DAMS (LMP) 1 0 0 0 NC
Le Mans 24 Hours DAMS (LMP) 1 0 0 N/A NC
2000 International Formula 3000 DAMS 10 0 0 5 15th
Le Mans 24 Hours DAMS (LMP900) 1 0 0 N/A 9th
2001 Open Telefónica by Nissan Epsilon by Graff 18 8 7 221 1st
Le Mans 24 Hours Oreca (LMP900) 1 0 0 N/A NC
2002 World Series by Nissan Racing Engineering 18 3 4 222 2nd
FIA Sportscar Championship Oreca (SR1) 1 0 0 15 15th
Le Mans 24 Hours Oreca (LMP900) 1 0 0 N/A 6th
2003 World Series by Nissan Gabord Competición 17 4 9 241 1st
2004 Formula One Renault Test driver
2005 Formula One Renault Test driver
Jordan
Le Mans 24 Hours Oreca (LMP1) 1 0 0 N/A 4th
2006 Formula One Super Aguri 7 0 0 0 27th
Le Mans 24 Hours Pescarolo Sport (LMP1) 1 0 0 N/A 2nd
2007 Formula One Toyota Test driver
2007–08 A1 Grand Prix France 4 0 0 118* 4th*
2008 Champ Car World Series Forsythe/Pettit Racing 1 0 0 N/A† N/A†
American Le Mans Series Andretti Green Racing (LMP2) 7 1 2 90 11th
Le Mans 24 Hours Team Peugeot Total (LMP1) 1 0 0 N/A 3rd
2009 IndyCar Series Andretti Green Racing 1 0 0 12 38th
American Le Mans Series Team Peugeot Total (LMP1) 2 0 1 56 9th
Le Mans 24 Hours Team Peugeot Total (LMP1) 1 0 0 N/A 2nd
2010 American Le Mans Series Team Peugeot Total (LMP1) 1 0 1 N/A NC
Le Mans 24 Hours Team Peugeot Total (LMP1) 1 0 0 N/A NC
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Team Peugeot Total (LMP1) 2 0 2 N/A NC

* Includes points scored by other Team France drivers.
† Championship merged into the IndyCar Series after one race.

Sports Cars[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1998 France Courage Compétition France Henri Pescarolo
France Olivier Grouillard
Courage C36-Porsche LMP1 304 15th 4th
1999 France Team DAMS France Christophe Tinseau
France David Terrien
Lola B98/10-Judd LMP 77 DNF DNF
2000 France Team DAMS France Éric Bernard
France Emmanuel Collard
Cadillac Northstar LMP LMP900 300 19th 9th
2001 France Viper Team Oreca France Yannick Dalmas
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Chrysler LMP LMP900 126 DNF DNF
2002 France PlayStation Team Oreca France Stéphane Sarrazin
France Nicolas Minassian
Dallara SP1-Judd LMP900 359 6th 5th
2005 France Audi PlayStation Team Oreca France Jean-Marc Gounon
France Stéphane Ortelli
Audi R8 LMP1 362 4th 4th
2006 France Pescarolo Sport France Sébastien Loeb
France Eric Hélary
Pescarolo C60 Hybrid-Judd LMP1 376 2nd 2nd
2008 France Peugeot Sport Total Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Austria Christian Klien
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 379 3rd 3rd
2009 France Team Peugeot Total France Sébastien Bourdais
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 381 2nd 2nd
2010 France Team Peugeot Total France Nicolas Minassian
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 264 DNF DNF
2011 France Peugeot Sport Total France Stéphane Sarrazin
France Nicolas Minassian
Peugeot 908 LMP1 353 3rd 3rd
2012 France OAK Racing Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Belgium Bertrand Baguette
OAK Pescarolo 01 Evo-Judd LMP1 219 DNF DNF

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1999 DAMS LMP Lola B98/10 Judd GV4 4.0 L V10 P SEB ATL MOS SON POR PET
Ret
MON LSV NC 0
2000 Motorola DAMS LMP Cadillac Northstar LMP Cadillac Northstar 4.0 L Turbo V8 P SEB CHA SIL NÜR
5
SON MOS TEX ROS PET MON LSV ADE 40th 20
2008 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB STP LNB UTA LIM
6/5
MID
14/7
AME
11/7
MOS
6/4
DET
1
PET
16/7
MON
3/1
11th 90
2009 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M SEB
2
STP LNB UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET
1
MON 9th 56
2010 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDi 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M SEB LNB MON UTA LIM MID AME MOS PET
1
NC -
2011 Peugeot Sport Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDi 3.7 L Turbo V8
(Diesel)
M SEB
3
LNB LIM MOS MID AME BAL MON PET
1
NC -

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1999 DAMS IMO
10
MON
9
CAT
Ret
MAG
7
SIL
6
A1R
12
HOC
6
HUN
3
SPA
Ret
NÜR
9
12th 6
2000 DAMS IMO
Ret
SIL
7
CAT
6
NÜR
Ret
MON
6
MAG
4
A1R
17
HOC
Ret
HUN
12
SPA
Ret
15th 5

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2003 Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault V10 AUS
MAL
BRA
SMR
ESP
AUT
MON
CAN
EUR
FRA
TD
GBR
GER
HUN
ITA
USA
JPN
2005 Jordan Grand Prix Jordan EJ15 Toyota V10 AUS
MAL
BHR
SMR
ESP
MON
EUR
TD
CAN
USA
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
TUR
ITA
BEL
BRA
JPN
CHN
2006 Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA05 Honda V8 BHR
MAL
AUS
SMR
EUR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
16
GBR
18
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
16
27th 0
Super Aguri SA06 GER
HUN
TUR
TD
ITA
TD
CHN
TD
JPN
TD
BRA
TD

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2007–08 France NED
SPR
NED
FEA
CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

CHN
SPR

CHN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

CHN
SPR

12
CHN
FEA

8
GBR
SPR

10
GBR
FEA

5
4th 118

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2008 Forsythe/Pettit Racing Panoz DP01 Cosworth XFE V8t HMS STP MOT1 LBH1
2
KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI SRF2 NC
2009 Andretti Green Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 STP LBH KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM
20
CHI MOT HMS 38th 12
2014 Andretti Autosport Dallara DW12 Honda HI14TT V6t STP LBH ALA IMS
22
INDY DET DET TXS HOU HOU POC IOW TOR TOR MDO MIL SNM FON 36th 8
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.

Superleague Formula[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Operator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Position Points
2010 Girondins de Bordeaux Barazi-Epsilon SIL ASS MAG JAR NÜR ZOL BRH ADR POR ORD BEI NAV 11th 372
D 8 X 14 3 X 10 14 X 17 1 X 15 2 X 5 14 X
Non-championship event.

Touring Car racing[edit]

V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2012 Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1

ADE
R2

SYM
R3

SYM
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

SMP
R18

SMP
R19

SAN
Q

SAN
R20

BAT
R21

SUR
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

DNS
YMC
R24

YMC
R25

YMC
R26

WIN
R27

WIN
R28

SYD
R29

SYD
R30

NC 0 †

† Not Eligible for points

Complete Formula E results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pos Points
2014-15 Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT 01E BEI
2
PUT
PDE
BNA
MIA
LBH
MON
BER
LON
2nd* 18*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toyota bids au revoir to Montagny". itv-f1.com. 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Montagny ready for the next step". GPUpdate.net. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  3. ^ Montagny confirms Renault Talks F1-Live.com 21/10/2009
  4. ^ ALMS News: ANDRETTI, MONTAGNY IN AGR ACURA AT LIME ROCK
  5. ^ English, Steven (2010-03-19). "Montagny signs up with Bordeaux". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  6. ^ "Franck Montagny to race for Andretti in Formula E". autosport.com. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sébastien Philippe
Formula Campus Champion
1994
Succeeded by
Renaud Malinconi
Preceded by
Antonio García
Open Telefónica by Nissan
Champion

2001
Succeeded by
Ricardo Zonta
Preceded by
Ricardo Zonta
Superfund World Series Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Heikki Kovalainen