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William Néron
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Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Can Canadian
Active years 1991 - 2000
Teams Uk Brabham
Swi Sauber
Ire Jordan
Fr Prost
Uk BAR
Races 149
Championships 0
Wins 3
Podiums 15
Career points 119
Pole positions 2
Fastest laps 5
First race 1991 British Grand Prix
First win 1994 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last win 1997 Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 2000 Austrian Grand Prix
  • 1991 Brabham of Néron
  • 1992 Brabham of Néron
  • 1993 Sauber of Néron
  • 1994 Jordan of Néron
  • 1995 Jordan of Néron
  • 1996 Jordan of Néron
  • 1997 Prost of Néron
  • 1998 Prost of Néron
  • 1999 BAR of Néron
  • 2000 BAR of Néron

Debut with Brabham(1991-1992)Edit

Néron made his Formula One debut with the Brabham-Yamaha team at the 1991 British Grand Prix, driving car number 8, replacing Fabio Terzi as number 2 of the team. Bringing with him great hope, he made what he considered "Hitting a concrete wall", taking 22 then 21 place at the end of both practice sessions. He later admited that his exictment rushed his learning of the track, explaining his poor first prestation. He suffer another set back when he wasn't able to qualify better than a 19th place, compared to his teammate Florin Diaconescu who place the Brabham number 7 in 10th position. Néron retired early in the race with a broken suspension.

As the German Grand Prix came, Néron suffer again from poor results during the practice sessions, and ended up qualifiying last in 22nd position. The same day, Brabham team announced that they would give a chance to Néron next season, who later declare "I'm happy that, even with my poor performance, the team is ready to give me a chance to prove myself". The next day his race would be ruined by an oil leak, causing the engine to die on the 33rd lap, Néron was running 15th.

Hungary was next, this time Néron was ready and he prooved it by taking 11th place in the qualification. The race was perfect and Néron raced pass the finish line in 14th position, ahead of his teammate Diaconescu. "Next step, I'm going to take a point back with me. That is my next goal", he said with a big smile on his face.

The rest of the 1991 season would not live up to Néron's expectations, the Brabham suffered from many problems, forcing him to retire 4 times out of the 6 remaining grand prix. He would finish 13th at Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona. After his retirement at Adelaide on the 18th lap, William was interviewed.

Journalist: This season didn't lived up to what you would have expected,
 how has this affected you since your arrival in Formula 1?

Néron: Honestly, I can't say this had a positive effect on my moral, 
however this was my entry year, so I guess it was bound to be the hardest one. 
But difficulties aside, I think I've learned a lot in the past few races 
and I know that the team and my co-driver are supporting me. 
I still aim for my first points, and who knows what the future holds in reserve.

Has the 1992 season grow closer, Néron showed more confidence in his car than he ever have, he said that the BT-60B was a big improvement from last year, even he said, "[...] to the point of ch

allenging front runners.". His affirmation would be confirmed when Florin Diaconescu brought home a second place and the first points of Brabham in a long time. Néron would retire early has he miss judge a turn and crashed the car.

But Mexico came great hopes for the Canadian driver had he made a excellent run in pratices and even take an astonishing pole position. "I can't describe this feel, it's just... I don't know, wonderful!", he said with the whole Brabham crew cheering with him. The race would go really well and ended up with a podium for the Canadian. However the rest of the season would prove to be a deception as he would not enter top 10 on any remaining race, which would put in question if he could really live up to the expectations as is teamate would bring back 50 points and the second place of the drivers championship.

Sauber(1993)Edit

With a new season came a new team, William would join up P.P Sauber AG and keep on with Florin Diaconescu as his teammate for a 3rd season. The team proposed a mid-pack car, but as of the Spanish Grand Prix, would only take home 3 points, all earned by Néron with a 4th place in Brazil. The car of 1993 was "A disaster in term of reliability, but the car has potential" as Néron put it after the race at San Marino.

Jordan(1994-1996) Edit

Prost(1997-) Edit

StatisticsEdit

Complete Formula 1 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
1991 Motor Racing Developments USA
BRA
SMR
MON
CAN
MEX
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
14
BEL
13
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
13
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
24th 0
1992 Motor Racing Developments RSA
Ret
MEX
3
BRA
15
ESP
Ret
SMR
19
MON
12
CAN
15
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
13
BEL
14
ITA
13
POR
Ret
JPN
10
AUS
13
19th 4
1993 Team Sauber AG RSA
Ret
BRA
4
EUR
12
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
16
CAN
7
FRA
Ret
GBR
14
GER
14
HUN
9
BEL
11
ITA
Ret
POR
16
JPN
16
AUS
11
15th 3
1994 Sasol Jordan BRA
1
PAC
2
SMR
8
MON
Ret
ESP
3
CAN
4
FRA
3
GBR
12
GER
10
HUN
2
BEL
5
ITA
Ret
POR
9
EUR
5
JPN
5
AUS
Ret
3rd 39
1995 Total Jordan Peugeot BRA
3
ARG
Ret
SMR
7
ESP
Ret
MON
8
CAN
4
FRA
6
GBR
18
GER
7
HUN
10
BEL
10
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
EUR
11
PAC
Ret
JPN
16
AUS
8
16th 8
1996 Benson & Hedges Total Jordan Peugeot AUS
10
BRA
Ret
ARG
10
EUR
Ret
SMR
11
MON
5
ESP
16
CAN
19
FRA
14
GBR
18
GER
5
HUN
6
BEL
6
ITA
8
POR
15
JPN
Ret
16th 6
1997 Prost Gauloises Blondes AUS
17
BRA
14
ARG
16
SMR
Ret
MON
11
ESP
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
1
GBR
4
GER
3
HUN
8
BEL
2
ITA
6
AUT
3
LUX
12
JPN
1
EUR
Ret
5th 38
1998 Gauloises Prost Peugeot AUS
7
BRA
19
ARG
8
SMR
15
ESP
10
MON
10
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
AUT
8
GER
Ret
HUN
10
BEL
3
ITA
14
LUX
6
JPN
Ret
16th 5
1999 British American Racing AUS
Ret
BRA
5
SMR
8
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
11
FRA
4
GBR
15
AUT
10
GER
13
HUN
8
BEL
16
ITA
17
EUR
8
MAL
19
JPN
6
18th 6
2000 Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda AUS
17
BRA
10
SMR
8
GBR
Ret
ESP
7
EUR
Ret
MON
2
CAN
3
FRA
11
AUT
Ret
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
USA
JPN
MAL
15th 10

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