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Philippe Etancelin


Philippe Étancelin, born December 29, 1896 - died October 13, 1981, was a French Grand Prix motor racing driver who joined the new Formula One circuit at its inception.

Philippe Étancelin

Born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime in Normandy, he began racing with a Bugatti in 1926, making an immediate impact by winning the Grand Prix de Reims. Nicknamed "Phi-Phi," he teamed up with Luigi Chinetti to win the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1934.

Étancelin participated in twelve F1 grands prix, debuting on May 13, 1950. He scored a total of 3 championship points.

In 1953 the government of France awarded him the Legion of Honor in recognition of his contribution to the sport of automobile racing that spanned four decades.

He passed away at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1981.

Major career wins:


Complete Formula One results

(Note: grands prix in bold denote points scoring races.)

Yr Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Team
1950 Talb GBR MON IND SWI BEL FRA ITA   Talb
1951 Talb SWI IND BEL FRA GBR DEU ITA SPA Talb
1952 Mase SWI IND BEL FRA GBR DEU DUT ITA Mase