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François Hesnault (born 30 December 1956) is a former racing driver from France. He participated in 21 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 25 March 1984. He scored no championship points.

François Hesnault
Born (1956-12-30) 30 December 1956 (age 62)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
Active years19841985
TeamsLigier, Brabham, Renault
Entries21 (19 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1984 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last entry1985 German Grand Prix

Hesnault enjoyed some success in the French Formula Three Championship, finishing third in the series in 1982 and second in 1983.

The Frenchman debuted in Formula One in the 1984 season with Ligier, with a best result of 7th at the Dutch Grand Prix. For the 1985 season, he was hired to be Nelson Piquet's teammate at Brabham, but he was sacked after four uncompetitive races. He returned for a one-off at the German Grand Prix in a third Renault which carried a prototype onboard camera, making it the first use of this technology in a Grand Prix. This is also the last race in which three cars have been entered for the same team (current third drivers are not eligible to compete in the races). After this race, Hesnault retired from motor racing, having suffered a particularly heavy crash in testing at Circuit Paul Ricard shortly before parting company with Brabham.

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1984 Ligier Loto Ligier JS23 Renault V6 (t/c) BRA
Ret
RSA
10
BEL
Ret
SMR
Ret
FRA
DNS
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
DET
Ret
DAL
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
8
AUT
8
NED
7
ITA
Ret
EUR
10
POR
Ret
NC 0
1985 Motor Racing Developments Brabham BT54 BMW S4 (t/c) BRA
Ret
POR
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
CAN DET FRA GBR NC 0
Equipe Renault Elf Renault RE60 Renault V6 (t/c) GER
Ret
AUT NED ITA BEL EUR RSA AUS

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