|D.O.B.||12 June 1982|
|Date of Death||Unknown|
|Début||2015 Miami ePrix|
|Formula E Career|
|Total Entries||28 (28 Starts)|
Loïc Duval (born 12 June 1982) is a French racing driver, who most recently competed for Dragon Racing in the 2016/17 FIA Formula E Championship. Duval has experience of both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and single seaters in Formula Nippon, and joined Dragon Racing after Oriol Servià's departure from driving duties during the 2014/15 season.
Duval's time in Formula E was spent entirely with Dragon Racing, with the Frenchman recording two podiums in twenty-eight starts. Ultimately, Duval would be dropped ahead of the 2017/18 season, replaced at Dragon by Neel Jani.
Duval, like most racing drivers, began his career in karting, culminating in the 2002 French Formula Campus title. He followed this with the 2003 French Formula Renault Championship title in his debut season, before entering the Formula Three Euro Series the following year. 2004 also saw Duval test for the Renault F1 Team in a one-off drive, before a second season in the Euro Series in 2005.
A move to Japan followed in 2006, entering Formula Nippon and Super GT for the season. He combined these duties with appearances in the A1 GP Series for Team France, ultimately taking the 2009 Formula Nippon title. A return to Europe a year later paved the way for Duval to take his greatest victory.
Legendary Le Mans
Duval was drafted into the Audi Sport Le Mans programme in mid-2011, combining his duties in Super GT alongside his drive in the Le Mans Series. After a fifth place overall in the Le Mans Series that season, Duval committed full time to Audi's programme, taking the FIA World Endurance Championship for them in 2012. This was followed by an infamous victory in the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans, an event in which he had been competing since 2008.
2014 saw Duval struggle in the WEC, combined with a huge accident at Le Mans in practice. Duval walked away uninjured, but was shaken by the accident. He ended the season seventh overall, while also taking fourth in Formula Nippon.
Formula E History
Duval became the third driver to race for Dragon Racing in the inaugural 2014/15 FIA Formula E Championship, after Oriol Servià became a director at the team. Duval's debut came at the 2015 Miami ePrix, where a disappointing qualifying was transformed to a seventh place finish and solid points.
Duval would only retire from one his seven races in the Championship, being involved in the huge first lap incident that claimed several cars at the 2015 Monaco ePrix. He responded strongly in Berlin, getting onto the podium as team mate Jérôme d'Ambrosio won the race outright, before a second podium followed at the season finale. His podium helped Dragon Racing leap into second in the Teams' Championship on the final day, with Duval finishing ninth in the Drivers' Championship, despite missing the first four races.
Duval was retained by Dragon Racing at the end of the inaugural season, partnering d'Ambrosio once again as the manufacturer backed era of FE began in 2015/16. A promising pre-season with Dragon's customer Venturi cars saw Duval emerge as the best placed driver of the Venturi built quartet at the season opening race in Beijing, finishing fourth. Duval's strong start to the season would see him battle for the podium in three other races before the halfway stage, with the Frenchman spending a lot of the season in the top five of the Championship.
Unfortunately, Duval's luck would change at his home race in Paris, the the Frenchman failing to finish for the first time since the 2015 Monaco ePrix. Additional retirements followed in Berlin and the first race in London, with Duval falling well behind d'Ambrosio in the Championship standings. Yet, the Frenchman put together a strong end to the season to once again threaten the podium, claiming fourth in the season finale to claim a top ten finish in the overall standings.
For the third season in a row, Dragon Racing retained Duval and d'Ambrosio, as they partnered with Faraday Future and Penske to build their first Formula E car. The new car proved to be both reliable and relatively competitive at the 2016 Donington Test, with Duval ultimately able to better d'Ambrosio on outright pace.
It was a relatively anonymous start to the season for Duval, the Frenchman's only major contribution during the first two races being his maiden fastest lap, recorded in Marrakech. Things looked to be going better for Duval in Buenos Aires, with the Frenchman taking sixth place after a competitive day, although two retirements at the following two rounds due to mechanical woes dropped Duval's hopes. Duval would go on to miss his home race in Paris due to his DTM drive, Mike Conway stepping in to replace him for a one-off appearance.
Duval's poor form in Formula E did not go away during his break, with the Frenchman retiring from the second Berlin ePrix after failing to score in the first. A fifth place in the first New York ePrix seemed to have stopped the rot, although another anonymous performance in the second race left Duval out of the points once again. Duval would round out the season with fastest lap in the penultimate race of the campaign, the first Montreal ePrix, before failing to score in the finale.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Loïc Duval's career in Formula E in statistical form.
Formula E Entries
The list below includes all of the teams and cars, as well as overall finishing positions for Loïc Duval during their FE career:
|Loïc Duval's Overall Formula E Record|
|2014/15||Dragon Racing||6||Spark-Renault SRT_01E||9th||42|
|2015/16||Dragon Racing||6||Venturi VM200-FE-01||8th||60|
|2016/17||Faraday Future Dragon Racing||6||Penske 701-EV||15th||20|
Below is a table showing Loïc Duval's full Formula E record.
|FIA Formula E Championship Record|
Videos and Images:
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 'Drivers' Club: Loic Duval', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/drivers-club/loic-duval.aspx, (Accessed 02/07/2015)
- ↑ 'Duval gets Dragon seat for Miami', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/03/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/duval-gets-dragon-seat-for-miami.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
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- ↑ 4.0 4.1 'Loïc Duval', wikipedia.org, (Wikipedia, 01/07/2015), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo%C3%AFc_Duval, (Accessed 02/07/2015)
- ↑ 'Prost powers to first Formula E win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/03/2015) http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/march/prost-powers-to-first-formula-e-win.aspx, (Accessed 30/04/2015)
- ↑ 'Poleman Buemi doubles up', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 09/05/2015), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/may/poleman-buemi-doubles-up.aspx, (Accessed 09/05/2015)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 'Bird hails ‘unbelievable’ end to season', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 28/06/2015), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/june/bird-hails-unbelievable-end-to-season.aspx, (Accessed 30/06/2015)
- ↑ 'Duval set to remain with Dragon Racing', motorsport.com, http://www.motorsport.com/formula-e/news/duval-set-to-remain-with-dragon-racing, (Accessed 04/08/2015)
- ↑ 'Buemi to the max in Beijing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 24/10/2015),http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2015/october/buemi-wins-swusp-beijing-eprix.aspx, (Accessed 25/10/2015)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi triumphant in Paris', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 23/04/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/april/di-grassi-wins-visa-paris-eprix/, (Accessed 23/04/2016)
- ↑ 'BUEMI AND DI GRASSI CHARGE UP THE ORDER, BUT IT’S PROST WHO LEADS THE WAY', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 02/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/prost-wins-in-style-as-di-grassi-inches-closer-to-title/, (Accessed 03/07/2016)
- ↑ 'BUEMI WINS TITLE AFTER SPECTACULAR FINALE: VISA FASTEST LAP ENDS UP DECIDING THE 2015/16 FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 03/07/2016), http://fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/july/buemi-wins-title-after-spectacular-finale/, (Accessed 04/07/2016)
- ↑ Scott Douglas, 'DRAGON KEEP D’AMBROSIO AND DUVAL FOR SEASON THREE: Dragon Racing will field an unchanged line-up for season three of Formula E', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 03/07/2016), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2016/07/dragon-keep-dambrosio-duval-season-three/, (Accessed 08/07/2016)
- ↑ 'Buemi magnificent in Marrakesh', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/11/2016), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/november/buemi-magnificent-in-marrakesh/, (Accessed 12/11/2016)
- ↑ 'Buemi becomes hat-trick hero in Buenos Aires', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 18/02/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/february/buemi-becomes-hat-trick-hero-in-buenos-aires/, (Accessed 19/02/2017)
- ↑ 'Conway to replace Duval for Paris ePrix', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 18/04/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/april/conway-to-replace-duval-for-paris-eprix/, (Accessed 18/04/2017)
- ↑ 'Buemi gifted win by Mahindra pitstop confusion', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 11/06/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/june/buemi-gifted-win-by-mahindra-pitstop-confusion/, (Accessed 17/06/2017)
- ↑ 'Bird soars to historic Qualcomm New York City ePrix win', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 15/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/bird-soars-to-historic-qualcomm-new-york-city-eprix-win/, (Accessed 18/07/2017)
- ↑ 'Di Grassi wins, Buemi disqualified', fiaformuale.com, (FIA Formula E, 29/07/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/july/di-grassi-wins-buemi-disqualified/, (Accessed 30/07/2017)
- ↑ 'Neel Jani Joins Faraday Future Dragon Racing', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 25/08/2017), http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2017/august/neel-jani-joins-faraday-future-dragon-racing/, (Accessed 25/08/2017)