BIOGRAPHY
Full Name Philippe René Gabriel Alliot
Nationality French
Born 27 July 1954, Voves Eure et Loir
Died
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PRE-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1976 French Formula Renault Armagnac Bigorre 13 0 0 0 0 21 11th
1977 French Formula Renault Armagnac Bigorre 8 1 1 3 4 33 9th
1978 French Formula Renault BP Racing 14 3 5 9 4 144 1st
1979 French Formula 3
European Formula 3
?
Kores Racing
?
2
?
0
?
0
?
0
?
0
18
0
3rd
NC
1980 German Formula 3
French Formula 3
European Formula 3
ORECA 2
1
13
0
0
1
0
2
0
?
1
6
1
1
3
0
42
39
NC
7th
5th
1981 European Formula 3 ORECA 14 1 2 5 0 41 3rd
1982 Monaco F3 Grand Prix
European Formula 3
ORECA 1
9
1
0
0
1
1
2
0
0

25
2nd
6th
1983 Le Mans 24 Hours (C)
FIA World Endurance
European Formula 2
Porsche Kremer
Kremer Racing
BMW France
1
2
10
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1

12
4
3rd
25th
14th
FORMULA 1 CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Wins Best Finish F/L Pts DNFs
116 109 7 5th 0 5th 0 7 66
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
1984 Brazilian Grand Prix 1994 Belgian Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1984 RAM RAM 02 Hart 1.5 4cyl Turbo 13 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1985 RAM RAM 03 Hart 1.5 4cyl Turbo 13 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1986 Ligier JS27 Renault 1.5 V6 Turbo 7 0 0 0 0 1 19th
1987 Larrousse Lola LC87 Ford Cosworth 3.5 V8 15 0 0 0 0 3 17th
1988 Larrousse Lola LC88 Ford Cosworth 3.5 V8 16 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1989 Larrousse Lola LC88C
Lola LC89
Lamborghini 3.5 V12 1
14
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
26th
1990 Ligier JS33B Ford Cosworth 3.5 V8 14 0 0 0 0 0 NC
1993 Larrousse LH93 Lamborghini 3.5 V12 14 0 0 0 0 2 17th
1994 McLaren
Larrousse
MP4/9
LH94
Peugeot 3.5 V10
Ford Cosworth 3.5 V8
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
NC
POST-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
1985 International Formula 3000 BS Automotive 1 0 0 0 0 1 19th
1986 International Formula 3000
Le Mans 24 Hours (C1)
ORECA
JFR Porsche
6
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
9
9th
8th
1987 French Porsche 944 Turbo Cup 1 1 0 1 0 NC
1990 Le Mans 24 Hours (C1) Porsche Kremer 1 0 0 0 0 16th
1991 World Sportscar Ch’ship
Le Mans 24 Hours (C1)
Peugeot Talbot Sport 8
1
1
0
1
0
3
0
1
0
69
3rd
DNF
1992 World Sportscar Ch’ship
Le Mans 24 Hours (C1)
Peugeot Talbot Sport 6
1
3
1
2
0
4
1
2
0
64
3rd
3rd
1993 Le Mans 24 Hours (C1) Peugeot Sport 1 1 0 1 0 3rd
1995 Le Mans 24 Hours (GT1)
French Supertourisme
GTC Gulf Racing
Peugeot Sport
1
18
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0

53
DNF
6th
1996 Le Mans 24 Hours (LMP1) Courage Compétition 1 0 0 0 0 DNF
1999 French GT Championship MTO Mirabeau 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2000 French GT Championship
FIA GT Championship
Lompech Sport
JMB Compétition
2
3
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
NC
NC
2001 French GT Championship JMB Compétition 11 0 4 7 0 258 5th
2002 FIA GT Championship Force One Racing 5 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2003 FIA GT Championship
French GT Championship
Le Mans 24 Hours (LMP675)
Force One Carsport
Force One Racing
Courage Compétition
7
6
1
1
1
0
0
3
0
1
3
0
0
1
0
9
125
42nd
11th
DNF
2004 FIA GT Championship Force One Racing 1 0 0 0 0 5.5 41st
2005 French GT Championship Force One 2 0 0 0 0 1 39th
2006 French GT Championship PSI Expérience 8 1 1 3 1 113 8th
2008 Bioracing Series ? 2 0 0 0 0 16.5 18th
2011 Speed EuroSeries Springbox Concept 4 0 0 0 0 8 49th
2012 Speed EuroSeries Springbox Concept 8 0 0 2 0 45 7th


Biography

A well-to-do French driver whose entire stint in F1 was almost exclusively spent with mid-grid French-run or supported outfits, Philippe started competitive motor racing only once he had finished his national service and quit his political science studies, and it took him several seasons apiece to graduate through the ranks of karting, Formula Renault and Formula 3.

Despite his slow rise through the open-wheel ranks, he shot to prominence with a sparkling performance alongside the Andrettis – Mario and son Michael – at the Le Mans 24 Hours, and this fast-tracked his passage to F1.

Martin Brundle & Phillipe Alliot collide - 1985 Detroit Grand Prix

Martin Brundle lost a potential podium finish at the 1985 Detroit Grand Prix after being ‘Allioted’ by the French driver.

His debut came in 1984 with the hopeless Skoal Bandit RAM outfit, with whom he spent two anonymous seasons and had several big crashes.

He dropped down to Formula 3000 and returned to the top-tier in mid-1986, joining Ligier after Jacques Laffite’s career-ending accident. He surprised the establishment by keeping pace with the more experienced (and arguably talented) René Arnoux, picking up a point with a sixth place at the Mexican Grand Prix.

That was enough to make him attractive to the new Larrousse concern, which was making its Grand Prix debut in 1987.

Three top-six finishes in the normally-aspirated Larrousse Lola – against the might of much quicker turbo runners – was an impressive achievement for Alliot and the start-up team. He stayed at Larrousse until the end of 1989, proving to be very quick – if not decidedly erratic, discourteous when being lapped, and still capable of some enormous accidents.

Things didn’t improve with another stint at Ligier in 1990, although any hopes of decent results were stymied by next to no development on what was a terrible car and Philippe’s comprehensive programme of crash-testing.

Alliot never shook off a reputation for his error-prone driving.

Certainly, his results did not warrant the call-up, so perhaps it was a little bit of French patriotism that saw Jean Todt sign Alliot to the Peugeot sports car team to contest the 1991 endurance championship.  Paired with ex-F1 driver Mauro Baldi, the duo claimed three race wins in an era where the French carmaker thrashed the field.

Alliot made another comeback to F1 in 1993 aged 39, again with Larrousse, picking up a fifth place early in the season at the San Marino Grand Prix before the inevitable lack of funds saw development stall.

So dire were Larrousse’s finances, Alliot surrendered his seat for the final two Grands Prix in order for pay driver Toshio Suzuki to have a go.

His Peugeot connections saw him nominated its chosen driver at McLaren, with whom the brand made its (ultimately infamous) debut as a Formula 1 engine builder.  Team Principal Ron Dennis overruled the call, forcing Alliot into test driving duties.  That was perhaps a blessing given the Peugeot V10’s knack for grenading itself.

He did have one outing for the team at the Hungarian Grand Prix, substituting for Mika Häkkinen while the Finn served a one-race ban.  At the next round at Belgium, he was back behind the wheel once more at Larrousse, but didn’t grace the cockpit again while a succession of pay drivers were brought in to keep the team afloat.  He was listed on the team’s 1995 entry, but the team folded before the start of the season.

Finally realising that his best days were well behind him, Philippe left F1 for good.  His Peugeot connections landed him a factory drive in the French Supertourisme series in 1995.  A few more Le Mans 24 Hours outings followed, as well as stints in the French and FIA International GT championships.

He later tried his hand (briefly) at politics, while his racing connections also saw him turn to motorsport commentary while he contested the odd ice race and the Paris-Dakar Rally. Today he runs a karting school in Magny Cours and also runs his own GT racing team.

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