Motor racing team
Founded 1988
Country France France
Team Principal(s) Jean-Paul Driot
Current series GP2 Series
A1 Grand Prix
Auto GP
Formula Le Mans
Former series Formula 3000
World Series by Renault
Formula Renault V6 Eurocup
FIA GT Championship
Le Mans 24 Hours
FIA Sportscar Championship
Drivers' titles 1990 Formula 3000 (Comas)
1993 Formula 3000 (Panis)
1994 Formula 3000 (Boullion)
2003 FR V6 Eurocup (López)
2008–09 GP2 Asia (Kobayashi)
2011 GP2 Asia (Grosjean)
2011 GP2 Series (Grosjean)
Teams' titles 1989 Formula 3000
1990 Formula 3000
1993 Formula 3000
1994 Formula 3000
2005-06 A1 GP (France)
2008–09 GP2 Asia
2011 GP2 Asia

Driot-Arnoux Motorsport (DAMS) is a racing team from France, involved in many areas of motorsports. DAMS was founded in 1988 by Jean-Paul Driot and former Formula One driver René Arnoux.[1] It is headquartered near Le Mans, only 2 km from the Bugatti Circuit.



The year after its foundation, DAMS joined the International Formula 3000 Championship. They stayed in F3000 until 2001. DAMS were one of many French teams that were part of the Elf young driver sponsorship program.

Aside from F3000, DAMS planned to join the F1 World Championship in 1996, with a car (the GD-01) developed by Reynard, but lack of funds prevented the team from advancing.[1]

DAMS enter in sports car racing since 1997 until 2002 where it helped the Michel Vaillant movie, preparing and racing cars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

GP2 Series and Formula 3000

Jérôme d'Ambrosio driving for DAMS at the Turkish round of the 2009 GP2 Series season.
Romain Grosjean won the championship with the team in 2011.

Right from its inception, the French team entered the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship, which they won in 1990 with Érik Comas, 1992 with Olivier Panis and 1994 with Jean-Christophe Boullion.

In 13 years, 1989 to 2001, DAMS won 4 team titles, 3 drivers titles, 21 wins, 19 pole positions and 19 fastest laps, making DAMS one of the most successful Formula 3000 teams with Super Nova Racing and Arden International.

The team competed in the GP2 Series since its beginning in 2005,[2] winning races with drivers José María López and Nicolas Lapierre.

DAMS was associated with the Toyota Drivers Program (TDP) from 2006 to 2009, and ran their drivers in the GP2 Series. In 2006, it was Franck Perera and then Kazuki Nakajima in 2007, who finished 5th in the GP2 championship and raced in the last Formula One Grand Prix of the season with Williams. Following this he won a full-time race seat with the team for 2008 and was retained for the 2009 season. In 2008, TDP driver Kamui Kobayashi replaced Nakajima at DAMS GP2 and became the Toyota Racing test driver.[3] Kobayashi stayed on in 2009, and was partnered by Jérôme d'Ambrosio for these two years. Neither driver was able to put together a consistent run of form in the main GP2 Series championships, but Kobayashi did win the 2008-09 Asian championship with the team.

D'Ambrosio remained with the team for 2010, and was paired with Ho-Pin Tung, who replaced the Sauber-bound Kobayashi. As part of an agreement with the Renault Formula One team, both were nominated as Renault F1 test drivers, and the DAMS GP2 cars were liveried in an identical yellow-and-black scheme to the Renault R30 chassis.[4] D'Ambrosio won the sprint race at Monaco, but his form thereafter was disappointing and he was rested for one of the rounds in favour of Romain Grosjean, another driver with Renault F1 links. Grosjean later got the opportunity to move into the team full-time when Tung, yet to score a point after 12 races, sustained a broken vertebrae in a racing accident. D'Ambrosio, Grosjean and Tung finished 12th, 14th and 28th respectively in the drivers' championship, whilst DAMS finished sixth position in the teams' championship. Grosjean remained with the team for 2011, with Norwegian rookie Pål Varhaug replacing D'Ambrosio, who graduated to F1 with the Virgin Racing team. DAMS retained its links with Renault, although these were somewhat diluted by the F1 team's new sponsorship deal with Lotus Cars, which also backed the rival ART team in GP2. Grosjean dominated the year, winning both the Asian and main series championships. DAMS also won the Asian teams' title, but Varhaug's failure to score points in the main series saw the team beaten to the championship by Addax.

A1 Grand Prix and Formula Renault

In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, DAMS took part in the Formula Renault V6 Eurocup, which they won that same year with Argentinian José María López. In 2005 the team entered the World Series by Renault.[5] Since 2005, DAMS joined the GP2 Series but also the A1 Grand Prix where it serviced three teams.

Driot is one of the owners of the A1 Team France.[6][7] DAMS also managed A1 Team Switzerland,[8] A1 Team Mexico[9] and later A1 Team South Africa[10] in the A1 Grand Prix championships. With A1 Team France, DAMS was the first winner of the series winning 13 of the 22 races including in the 2005-06 season.

For the 2007-08 season, A1 Team France and South Africa collaborated closely to finalize the car like it was previously done with A1 Team Switzerland.[11]

Sports car racing

A Panoz GTR-1 campaigned by DAMS in the 1997 FIA GT Championship season

Starting from 1997, Driot's team diversified into sports car racing, entering the FIA GT Championship in partnership with Panoz. Splitting up in the following year, DAMS ran a Lola B98/10 with a Judd engine in the SportsRacing World Cup, winning four races, as well as participating in the American Le Mans Series and Le Mans 24 Hours.

In 2000 and 2001, DAMS associated themselves with General Motors, preparing the works Cadillac Northstar LMP prototypes for the American Le Mans Series, FIA Sportscar Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans, but failed to get any competitive results.

DAMS (running the Bob Berridge Racing Lola) helped the Michel Vaillant movie crew in the 2002, 24 Hours of Le Mans entering with a Lola B98/10-Judd as Vaillante and a Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan as Leader.[12]

They then switched their effort to an FIA GT return. In 2003, they tried entering two Nissan 350Z, but once again funds prevented the French team from developing the Japanese car. In 2004, they teamed with Lamborghini and entered two Murciélago R-GT cars in the final rounds of the FIA GT Championship.


GP2 Series and Formula 3000

GP2 Series Results[13]
Year Car Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points D.C. T.C.
2005 Dallara-Mecachrome Argentina José María López 23 1 0 0 36 9th 7th
Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 23 0 0 0 0 24th
2006 Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Ferdinando Monfardini 21 0 0 0 6 21st 12th
France Franck Perera 21 0 0 0 8 17th
2007 Dallara-Mecachrome Japan Kazuki Nakajima 21 0 1 3 44 5th 5th
France Nicolas Lapierre 21 2 1 2 23 12th
2008 Dallara-Mecachrome Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 20 0 0 0 21 11th 8th
Japan Kamui Kobayashi 20 1 0 2 10 16th
2009 Dallara-Mecachrome Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 20 0 0 0 29 9th 6th
Japan Kamui Kobayashi 20 0 0 0 13 16th
2010 Dallara-Mecachrome Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 18 1 1 0 21 12th 6th
China Ho-Pin Tung 14 0 0 0 0 28th
France Romain Grosjean 8 0 0 0 14 14th
2011 Dallara-Mecachrome France Romain Grosjean 18 5 1 6 89 1st 2nd
Norway Pål Varhaug 18 0 0 0 0 23rd

† Also competed in 2 races for Racing Engineering in 2010.

  • D.C. = Drivers' Championship position, T.C. = Teams' Championship position.

A1 Grand Prix and Formulas Renault

A1 Grand Prix Results[14]
Year Car Team Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points T.C.
2005-06 Lola-Zytek France A1 Team France 22 13 3 5 172 1st
Switzerland A1 Team Switzerland 22 1 2 0 121 2nd
Mexico A1 Team Mexico 22 1 1 0 59 10th
2006-07 Lola-Zytek France A1 Team France 22 0 0 0 67 4th
Mexico A1 Team Mexico 22 0 0 1 35 10th
South Africa A1 Team South Africa 22 1 1 1 24 14th
2007-08 Lola-Zytek France A1 Team France 20 1 2 1 118 4th
Mexico A1 Team Mexico 20 0 0 1 22 16th
South Africa A1 Team South Africa 20 2 4 2 96 5th
2008-09 Ferrari France A1 Team France 14 1 0 1 47 5th
South Africa A1 Team South Africa 14 0 0 0 19 14th
  • Davide di Benedetto drive only the last round for DAMS. He drive also for Guidare Formula this season and is final 9th place take both team results.
  • D.C. = Drivers' Championship position, T.C. = Teams' Championship position.

Sports car racing

  • D.C. = Drivers' Championship position, T.C. = Teams' Championship position.


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Formulas International Formula 3000 GP2 Series
A1 Grand Prix
Sports car 24 Hours of Le Mans


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