Former F1 driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel is celebrating his 49th birthday today.

This Algerian-born Frenchman occupies a unique place in F1 history as the only man to make his sole Grand Prix start at the Monaco Grand Prix (pictured), withPierre-Henri Raphanel Pierre-Henri achieving this feat for the little Coloni team in 1989.

Indeed, it would also be the only time in Coloni’s history that boths its cars would make the grid at the same race!

It certainly wasn’t for want of trying that Pierre-Henri only made the starting grid once. He appeared at 17 Grands Prix between 1988-9 for the likes of Larrousse, Coloni and Rial, failing to qualify for all but one of the races.

Thereafter, Pierre-Henri worked as a factory driver for Toyota in the Japanese Touring Car Championship and the Japanese GT Championship, and of late has been involved as a test driver for the Bugatti Veyron.

[Original image via F1 Facts]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.