THE DRIVER

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Born in Lyon, France, in 1966, like many be­fore him, Olivier Pa­nis’ path to For­mula One was paved by early life stints in both kart­ing and var­i­ous other ju­nior for­mu­las. Af­ter win­ning a For­mula Re­nault cham­pi­onship in 1989 and then a For­mula 3000 ti­tle in 1993, Pa­nis made his F1 de­but with the Ligier team at the 1994 Brazil­ian Grand Prix. With a brace of podium fin­ishes un­der his belt prior to ar­riv­ing at the start line for the 1996 Monaco race, Pa­nis would go on to com­plete 10 sea­sons at the pin­na­cle of mo­tor­sport, driv­ing for teams such as Prost, BAR and Toy­ota, later as­sum­ing a test-driver role with Mclaren.

Com­pe­ti­tion in other forms of rac­ing cul­mi­nated with five con­sec­u­tive out­ings in the LMP1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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