Francois Picard

Francois Picard

26/4/1921 - 2/6/1996

Picard began racing in 1949 and became a well known driving Ferrari sports cars. He made just one single seater appearance, the Moroccan GP in 1958, where he crashed into Oliver Gendebien's spinning Ferrari Dino 246. He sustained serious injuries and, though he recovered, he never raced again.

Picard was from Nice, France. He started racing in 1949 with a Renault 4CV before switching to a Porsche with which he won the 1952 Circuit of Agadir.

In 1953 he switched to racing privately entered Ferrari's racing mainly in France and North Africa. Driving with Charles Pozzi, they won their class at both the Reims and Hyeres 12-hour races in 1954.

Over the next two seasons, Picard ran a Ferrari 500 Monza, finishing on th epodium a number of times including second at the 1955 Coupe de Paris, and third in the Agadir GP and Paris 1000 Km in 1956.

He continued racing sports cars until the Moroccan GP of 1958, when he drove in his first, and only, single-seater race in Rob Walker's Cooper-Climax. The unlucky Picard crashed into Gendebien's spinning Ferrari Dino 246, caused by oil spilled from Tony Brooks's expiring Vanwall. He sustained serious injuries which left him incapacitated for six months. He recovered, but he never raced again.

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