Jabouille at the wheel of the Renault RS01, retired from the 1978 U.S. Grand Prix, West at Long Beach with turbocharger failure. Renault’s debut season would prove to be fraught with mechanical problems.
Photo: Carl Cranz
I think I would point to three big moments in my past career, in addition to what I am doing now in team management in the FIA GT Championship. The first was when I won the European Championship in Formula 2. The next moment wasn’t my first win in Formula One but my second one at the Austrian Grand Prix where I had a very big fight with Alan Jones at the end of that race. The third one was driving the Peugeot 905. Just driving that car is easy to remember because it was a good car, but especially I remember Le Mans because I had a problem at the end of the first hour but it finished third. During the 24-Hours that car was very quick… it was fantastic.
I am lucky because I can still get in the car, the Ferrari, and test it even though my work is really in managing the team. I consider myself very lucky to be involved with Ferrari now, because when I was young everything was Ferrari. Even though there were many ups and downs, it always had a fascination for me. This car, the 550 Maranello, I think will be possible to win with. We need three or four more races, but like with so many Ferraris, with some development you can make them win and this is a pretty amazing car. It has the kind of qualities I liked in the 905. Besides that, it is always good to see Ferraris in championships such as the GT series.
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