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Currently, some of the best known drivers in all of Formula 1 racing come from France. Drivers such as Romain Grosjean, jean-Eric Vergne, and Jules Bianchi are some of the more popular names currently racing. All of them have a tremendous influence on young racers in France, as well as all over the rest of the world. Their competitive fire is what drives them to be the very best. In 2014, these racers made a huge impact with their successes on the track. However, French racers are known for their efforts off of the track as well. Through hard teamwork and perseverance, these drivers have truly made a difference in the world of high speed racing.
French driver influence is far-reaching. Behaviours off of the race track have as much importance as the ones they exhibit on it. Many of them are excellent role models for young people to follow. They raise awareness for illnesses, and they contribute money to schools and education. Others set up foundations for kids who are sick as well. Perhaps most importantly, these drivers understand that kids who do not have male role models at home, need one the most. When they are able to show their caring, human side, kids relate to them. This is vital because it brings even more relevancy to the sport on multiple levels.
Former French drivers include Alain Prost, Jacques Laffite, and Jean Alesi. Jean Alesi is the only French driver in history to join the 200-plus club, which means he competed in over 200 races. Only a small number of drivers have completed this task in the sport’s history. Jacques Laffite won 6 races, and he also finished no worse than 4th in the drivers’ title between the years of 1979 and 1981. Alain Prost was very famous for his successes on the track, but he did clash with his racing team on numerous occasions. This led to quite a show for the fans who were in attendance. French Formula 1 drivers paved the way for future drivers in every country.