Jean-Christophe Boullion Former Sauber driver Jean-Christophe Boullion is turning 41 years old today!

This quiet Frenchman contested 11 Grands Prix for the Sauber team in 1995, drafted in at the expense of out-of-form Karl Wendlinger, but he failed to catch much attention and was back in the wilderness before the year was out.

Nicknamed ‘Jules’ by his peers, Boullion was a prodigious talent in karting before he moved to open-wheel racing in 1990, winning the French Formula Ford title on debut with nine victories.

Two seasons of French F3 followed where he picked up three wins, and his sponsors helped him graduate to Formula 3000 in 1993, and he peaked in his second season to snatch the title from Franck Lagorce by dint of a strong second-half of the season that saw him earn three successive victories.

Appointed as Williams’ test driver during the 1994 off-season, he proved quicker than Damon Hill in testing, and it was this speed (and Williams’ generosity) that saw Jean-Christophe make his F1 debut at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1995 with Sauber, qualifying a solid 19th and finishing 8th.

The rest of his too-short F1 career saw him run mid-grid, blotting his copybook with several accidents, while mixing this with points’ finishes at Germany and Italy. But it was not enough, and he was dropped in favour of Wendlinger before the season finished.

Thereafter, Jean-Christophe has been a regular in the Le Mans Series, as well as contesting the 24 Hours of Le Mans on twelve occasions to-date – although still seeking that elusive victory…

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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.