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 was managed by Jean-Paul Driot for more than 30 years. Following his passing in August 2019, his sons Olivier and Gregory now run the team.

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 over 140 races. 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 from the 2018/19 season onwards.

Timeline

2018

2018

2018

Nissan becomes new Formula E partner to form Nissan e.dams

2017

2017

2017

DAMS enters new FIA Formula 2 Championship

2017

2017

2017

Renault e.dams scores third consecutive Formula E teams’ championship

2016

2016

2016

Sebastien Buemi wins the Formula E drivers’ championship and Renault e.dams the teams’ title

2015

2015

2015

Renault e.dams becomes inaugural Formula E teams’ champion

2014

2014

2014

DAMS partners with Renault to create Renault e.dams and enter the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship

2014

2014

2014

DAMS takes back-to-back Formula Renault 3.5 teams’ and drivers’ titles with Carlos Sainz

2014

2014

2014

GP2 Series drivers’ and teams’ championships won with Jolyon Palmer

2013

2013

2013

DAMS wins both the teams’ and drivers’ championship with Kevin Magnussen in Formula Renault 3.5

2012

2012

2012

DAMS win GP2 Series teams’ title and back-to-back drivers’ championships with Davide Valsecchi

2011

2011

2011

Romain Grosjean wins the GP2 Series title

2010

2010

2010

Romain Grosjean becomes the first Auto GP champion as DAMS lock-out the top three in the drivers’ championship

2009

2009

2009

DAMS wins GP2 Asia Series with Kamui Kobayashi first and Jerome d’Ambrosio second in the drivers’ championship

2006

2006

2006

DAMS wins inaugural A1 Grand Prix championship running Team France with Nicolas Lapierre and Alexandre Premat

2005

2005

2005

DAMS moves into new GP2 Series, wins first race with Jose Maria Lopez

2003

2003

2003

DAMS wins Formula Renault V6 Eurocup drivers’ championship with Jose Maria Lopez

1998

1997-1998

1997-1998

DAMS competes in the FIA GT Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours with PANOZ

1994

1994

1994

Jean-Claude Boullion wins F3000 championship

1993

1993

1993

Olivier Panis wins the F3000 title

1990

1990

1990

Erik Comas becomes F3000 champion and wins DAMS its first international title

1989

1989

1989

Erik Comas finishes second in DAMS’ first racing season in F3000

1988

1988

1988

DAMS (Driot Associés Motorsport) is founded by Jean-Paul Driot
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