Former F1 drivers François Migault (66 today) and Raul Boesel (53 today) are celebrating their respective birthdays!
Appropriately born in Le Mans, Frenchman Migault participated in 16 Formula 1 World Championship rounds between 1972-5, scoring no championship points.
A moderately successful pilot in Formula 3 and Formula 2, Migault’s debut was with the tiny Connew team that managed to start in only one race (pictured above left).
Migault returned to F1 in 1974, driving almost a complete season with BRM, with a career-best finish of 14th at French Grand Prix.
For the following year, he had some outings with the ill-fated Embassy Hill outfit, and failed to take the start in his sole appearance in Frank Williams’ team.
Born into a wealthy Brazilian family and an acclaimed equestrian showjumper, Raul de Mesquita Boesel was an engineering student until the motor racing bug bit him hard, and he started out in touring cars.
He moved to Britain in 1980 to compete in Formula Ford 1600, graduating to Formula 3 in 1981 and finishing third in the championship.
His results saw him given a McLaren test drive later that year, and he made his F1 debut with the Rothmans March outfit in 1982, although it was an uncompetitive package.
For 1983, he moved to Ligier, but this was also a frustrating season and he achieved a best finish of seventh at Long Beach.
With no more F1 opportunities available, Boesel headed stateside to race in the CART championship. In a CART career spanning almost 15 years, Boesel never won a race, although finished second five times and achieved a best championship finish of fifth in 1993.
A regular in the Indy 500 event for close to twenty years, Boesel qualified on the front row three times and finished third at the 1989 event.
Boesel made a brief switch to sports car racing in 1987, winning the World Sportscar Championship that year with Jaguar. He won the 1988 24 Hours of Daytona and finished second in the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours event.
Having officially retired in 2005, Raul still competes in the odd race and is earning serious recognition as one of Brazil’s best disk jockeys.