The ups and downs of a French F1 trail-blazer

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The ups and downs of a French F1 trail-blazer
Sep 19, 2017, 6:01 PM

With scorching pace over one lap, René Arnoux blazed a trail through Formula 1 at Renault and Ferrari. His duel with Gilles Villeneuve at Dijon in 1979 is the stuff of legend. He tells all to Damien Smith.

That impish smile, the twinkle in his eyes: little René Arnoux was always a character - and as French as the Eiffel Tower.

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He fills his retro Renault overalls snugly these days, but hey, he's 69 and he's lived well since his days as the enfant terrible of la Régie during their first super-powered Formula 1 bloom. He looks great, and, as we discover over the course of a glorious hour, he's fantastic company, too.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers René Arnoux
Article type Interview