Jean-Paul Driot established Driot Associés Motor Sport (DAMS) at the end of 1988 to compete in International Formula 3000 the following year. Among many international series that the team has raced in, DAMS has always been present in Formula 1’s main feeder series, through F3000, GP2 Series and the current FIA Formula 2 Championship eras.
DAMS aim has always been to find and train young talent, initiating the development of many rising stars in motorsport and supporting their careers. 33 drivers have reached the F1 level after racing for the team, with five on the current F1 grid.
Sadly, on 3 August 2019, at the age of 68, Jean-Paul passed away after a long battle with illness. The team was then run by his family, before ex-F1 driver Charles Pic took over in February 2022, continuing the legacy of the DAMS name.
The change in management was overseen by François Sicard, who served as Managing Director from 2012 to 2022 before moving to a position at the FIA. Under his guidance, the team won 13 titles in four different championships.
Supported by state-of-the-art technology, DAMS is made up of 20 professionals with a passion for motorsport who use their great experience to extract maximum performance from our cars.
Charles Pic, Team Owner
Yannick Hubert, Managing Director
DAMS has benefited from the construction of new facilities in 2017, spreading over 2,300m2 with the famous Le Mans 24 Hours circuit nearby, creating an efficient working environment for the members of our team as well as our drivers.
The workshop is divided into three sections: the first is dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the cars; a second to fabrication and repairs; and the third to equipment storage.
The design office has been created exclusively for our engineers, which includes the latest tools for the development of our cars.
DAMS also has legal, financial, logistic and marketing departments in order to follow the continuing progression of its activities.
Quickly becoming the most important tool in race weekend preparation, DAMS continually develops its simulator to best prepare its drivers. It is one of the most advanced of its generation and is installed on a hydraulic six-post rig in a dedicated 60m2 room to provide a realistic driving experience.
A control room with good visibility allows engineers to promptly analyse information and data before communicating directly with the driver.