Gérard Ducarouge – Designer – Team Lotus – Monaco 1985
Gérard Ducarouge, an engineer trained in aerodynamics, first worked on missiles but moved to auto racing. At Matra, starting with their F3 and F2 programs he eventually became Head of Operations designing several F1 cars including Jackie Stewart’s 1969 Championship winning car. His development work brought Matra Le Mans wins 192-74.
A successful stint at Ligier F1 was followed by a move in 1983 to Lotus after Colin Chapman’s death. His efforts with the team were successful and brought Lotus out of a difficult period. Ducarouge’s 1984 Lotus 95T was highly regarded and its great consistency brought Elio de Angelis a third place in the World Championship without winning a race. In 1985 Senna came to Lotus and won his first F1 victory in the Portuguese GP at Estoril with Ducarouge’s Lotus 97T.