Our history

Jean-Paul Driot established the DAMS team (Driot Associés Motorsport) at the end of 1988, before debuting in the 1989 Formula 3000 season.

Based in La Sarthe, near the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit, the team is still managed by Jean-Paul Driot over 30 years on.

Having mainly competed in single-seater championships since its foundation, DAMS has built up an impressive racing CV over the years, winning 25 international championships (both drivers’ and teams’ titles) and 140 race victories. Out of these successes, more than 31 former DAMS drivers have reached Formula 1, including five current racers: Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen, Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz and Alexander Albon.

DAMS’ experience also extends to endurance racing, having competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times, for prestigious manufacturers including Cadillac and Panoz.

DAMS is a visionary team that has always been involved in the evolution of motorsport, and without hesitation entered the FIA Formula E Championship (an exclusively electric series).

In 2014, Jean-Paul Driot and Alain Prost became partners, with the support of reputed French manufacturer Renault, and together created Renault e.dams.

In the first year of the championship (2014-2015), the team was crowned champion with its two drivers Sébastien Buémi and Nicolas Prost, as it would be for the first three seasons. Sébastien would go on to win the drivers’ title the following season (2015-2016) and finished runner-up in 2016-2017.

After another strong campaign, Nissan joined the venture and the team now runs under Nissan e.dams for the 2018/19 season.

Timeline

2018

2018

2018

F2: Alexander Albon third in drivers’ championship

2017

2017

2017

DAMS enters new FIA Formula 2 championship

2016

2016

2016

Formula E: Team and drivers champion with Sebastien Buemi

2015

2015

2015

Formula E: Teams champion in series’ inaugural season 

2014

2014

2014

GP2 Series: Teams and drivers champions with Jolyon Palmer

2013

2013

2013

FR 3.5: Teams and drivers champions with Kevin Magnussen

2012

2012

2012

GP2 Series: Teams and drivers champions with Davide Valsecchi

2011

2011

2011

GP2 Series: Romain Grosjean champion

2010

2010

2010

AutoGP: Teams champions, top three lock-out in drivers’ championship

2009

2009

2009

GP2 Asia: Teams and drivers champions with Kamui Kobayashi, Jerome d’Ambrosio runner-up

2006

2006

2006

A1 GP: Alexandre Prémat and Nicolas Lapierre World Champions with Team France

2005

2005

2005

DAMS moves into new GP2 Series championship

2003

2003

2003

Eurocup Formula Renault V6: José Maria Lopez champion

1998

1997 -1998

1997 -1998

FIA GT Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours with PANOZ

1994

1994

1994

F3000: Jean-Claude Boullion champion

1993

1993

1993

F3000: Olivier Panis champion

1990

1990

1990

F3000: Erik Comas champion

1989

1989

1989

DAMS’ first race season in F3000, Erik Comas finishes second

1988

1988

1988

DAMS (Driot Associés Motorsport) is founded.
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