Leading DAMS since its formation, he has steered it to a host of international championships, most notably in Formula 1’s official feeder category, the GP2 series, and its forerunner, International F3000, as well as in Formula Renault 3.5.
But perhaps his greatest achievement has been uncovering and nurturing young talent. Driot has been instrumental in the career development of several racing stars, placing his faith and the DAMS team’s support behind talents like Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz Jr on their ascent to F1.
When the time came to get involved with the ground-breaking FIA Formula E Championship, Driot immediately seized the opportunity. A firm believer in the concept of racing fully-electric single-seater cars, the famed team owner joined forces with F1 legend Alain Prost to launch e.dams, now competing as Renault e.dams in partnership with the French car maker.
As well as single-seater racing, Driot has also led the team in successful endurance racing programmes at prestigious events such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, and in the Porsche Supercup.
Additionally Jean-Paul is heavily involved with the French motor racing industry and has held several notable positions, including President of the FFSA circuit commission in the late 90s and within the ACF (Automobile Club de France). His contribution has seen him awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and Gold Medal from the French Ministry of Sports.
"When you have won, you want to keep winning. Motivation is higher than ever, and it is highest when the competition is intense and the gaps between competitors very tight. We need to keep on top of everything and keep pushing."