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Name: René Arnoux  
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Date of Birth: 4th July 1948
Place of Birth: Grenoble, France
Profession: Racing driver
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René Arnoux
Nationality French
Active years 1978 - 1989
Team(s) Martini, Surtees, Renault, Ferrari, Ligier
Race starts 162
Championships 0
Wins 7
Podium finishes 22
Pole positions 18
Fastest laps 12
First Grand Prix 1978 South African Grand Prix
First win 1980 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last win 1983 Dutch Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix 1989 Australian Grand Prix

René Arnoux (born July 4, 1948 in Grenoble, France) was a French Formula One driver who participated during seasons 1978 to 1989.

Arnoux joined the Renault factory team in 1979, where he stayed for three years. Highlights of his Renault years included a fierce but good-natured wheel-banging battle with Gilles Villeneuve for second place in the last few laps of the 1979 French Grand Prix, a fight so spectacular it overshadowed Renault earning its first Grand Prix victory as a constructor, by Arnoux's teammate Jean-Pierre Jabouille. Arnoux was clearly the number two driver to rising star teammate Alain Prost in 1982, but managed to take several victories, as well as luckily walk away from a high speed crash after brake failure at the end of the long straight in the Dutch Grand Prix. In 1983 he joined then-struggling Ferrari, and in that same year he won the Canadian, German, and Dutch grands prix. He stayed with Ferrari but was again eclipsed by a rising star teammate, this time Michele Alboreto, and continued to have some success until, by mysterious circumstances, he was replaced following the 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Sitting out the rest of the 1985 season, he returned in 1986 for Ligier, where he continued to perform until his retirement in 1989. He finished his career with 181 Grand Prix points.

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