Gounon Jean-Marc Gounon, 1993 Japanese Grand Prix Gounon

Full Name: Jean-Marc Gounon
Nationality: French
Born: 1 January 1962, Aubenas (FRA)

First GP: 1993 Japanese Grand Prix
Last GP: 1994 Portuguese Grand Prix

Entries: 10 Grands Prix: 9 Non-starts: 1
Wins: 0 Best Finish: 9th Best Grid: 22nd
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 0 Retirements: 5

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1984 European Karting Championship, 1st overall
1986 French Formula Renault Championship, 2 wins, 2nd overall
1987 French Formula Renault Championship, 4 wins, 2nd overall
1989 French Formula 3, ORECA Reynard 893 Alfa Romeo, 5 wins, 121 points, 1st overall
1993 Formula 1, Minardi Ford V8 M193, 2 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1994 Formula 1, Simtek Ford V8 S941, 7 races, 0 points, Not Classified
1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, Gulf Team Davidoff McLaren BMW F1 GTR, 2nd overall

Jean-Marc Gounon


A winner of his national Formula 3 title in 1989, Gounon moved to Formula 3000 in 1990, and picked up a couple of wins in his three seasons there.

Funding from the French government helped him buy a seat at Minardi for the last two races of the 1993 season when the cash-strapped team dropped Christian Fittipaldi, but Jean-Marc failed to finish either race.

He returned to F1 in mid-1994 with Simtek in the wake of Roland Ratzenberger’s death and the replacement driver, Andrea Montermini, breaking his ankle. On debut, he took the team to its highest-ever finish with ninth at the French Grand Prix, finishing four of the seven races he drove for the team until he was replaced by the better-funded Domenico Schiattarella.

Gounon later went on to achieve success in sports cars.

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