We’re sad to report that former Grand Prix driver François Migault has passed away yesterday in his birthplace of Le Mans after a long battle with illness. He was 67 years old.
A previous winner of the Volant Shell title, the Frenchman looked to have a promising motorsport career ahead of him when he was a frontrunner in the French Formula 3 championship in 1970-1 with the Tecno team.
He graduated to Formula 2 the following year, but his time in the championship was brief, as he found himself trying his hand with the tiny backyard operation called Connew (pictured above), which made two attempts to qualify in Formula 1 before it disappeared off the map.
He returned to Formula 2 in 1973, but was back in F1 in 1974 as BRM’s third driver alongside Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Henri Pescarolo. Never given anywhere near the level of support or equipment as his team-mates, he did well to make the grid at each race – his best finish was a fifth at the non-championship International Trophy race.
The following year saw him make a handful of outings for Graham Hill and Frank Williams’ respective teams, before he headed back to Formula 2 once again.
It was in endurance racing where François achieved greater success, although he was frustrated never to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans despite over two decades of trying; his best finishes have been a pair of podiums in 1974 and 1976. His last outing at the great race was in 2001.
The RichardsF1.com team extends its sympathies to the entire Migault family.