Associated with Tech1 Racing led by Sarah and Simon Abadie, the Team-Managers, Olivier Panis as Team-Principal, they created in 2016, (formerly with the
name Panis-Barthez Compétition) and started in the European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series (2018) , the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Le Mans
F1 career: 158 Grands Prix, 1 victory, 5 podium finishes
4 starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Drawing on the experience accumulated during his long career, Olivier Panis wishes to pass on the skills he acquired in racing by taking advantage of his many years rubbing shoulders with the best, his proficiency, his know-how and his obsession with that excellence which forges champions.
Panis follows in the footsteps of the late Guy Ligier and the emblematic Henri Pescarolo, Hugues de Chaunac, Jacques Nicolet... He wants to join the list of great French team managers. He aims to continue the history, take on the heritage and sublimate it...
40 years racing...
1981-1993: His debut - like the majority of drivers Olivier Panis made his competition debut in 1981 in a kart when he was still an adolescent. In 1988, he moved on and began his single-seater career. He raced in the French Formula Renault Championship, which he won in his second year. After two successful seasons in the French Formula 3 Championship (4th in 1990 and 2nd in 1991), he competed in the International Formula 3000 Series winning the title in 1993.
1994-1996: Ligier - his F3000 title opened the doors of Formula 1 to him in 1994 with the French Ligier team. He came second in the German Grand Prix. The following year, Panis clinched another second place in the Australian Grand Prix and finished in eighth place in the F1 world championship driver ratings. In 1996, he drove the race of his life scoring a historic victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, the first for the Ligier team for 15 years.
1997-1999: Prost Grand Prix - in 1997 he began the season driving for the Prost team (in fact, the new name of Ligier). He confirmed his potential with third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix and second in Spain. After six races he was lying third in the world championship classification behind Schumacher and Villeneuve. He tackled the Canadian GP full of confidence, but a serious accident in the closing stages of the race brought his rise to a brutal halt. After a long period of convalescence, he made his comeback in the Luxembourg Grand Prix in which he finished sixth.
2000-2001: McLaren - he teamed up with Belgian manager, Didier Cotton, which opened up new horizons and he joined the McLaren-Mercedes team as a test driver.
2001-2002: British American Racing - he found a seat in 2001 as he was chosen by the BAR-Honda squad alongside Jacques Villeneuve.
2003-2006: Toyota F1 - Olivier joined Toyota with which he raced in his last grand prix in Japan. He then took on the role of test driver. On 18th September 2006 aged 40 he announced that he was putting an end to his career in F1.
2008-2011: LMS, ILMC, 24 Hours of Le Mans - he continued racing at the top level and spearheaded the Oreca-Matmut team’s attack in the Le Mans Series, the ILMC and the Le Mans 24 Hours. He won the Sebring 12 Hours in a Peugeot 908 HDI FAP with Nicolas Lapierre and Loïc Duval as team-mates.
2010 - 2015: French GT Championship - he shared a car with Eric Debard in the French GT Championship for six seasons and in 2015, Fabien Barthez completed the line-up.
Since 2005: Andros Trophy - Olivier Panis has been racing in Andros Trophy in Elite Pro and in 2019, he won the final at the Stade de France associated with his son Aurélien.
Since 2016, he is Panis Racing's main team manager, together with Tech1 Racing managers Sarah and Simon Abadie and their partner Stephane Dilouya.
"This team is above all a human adventure. We all share the same philosophy of sport,with the desire to pass on, to support and to give back what we’ve got."
A family story
A former driver, runner-up in the French Formula Renault 2.0 championship in 2000, Simon Abadie manages Tech1 Racing with his sister Sarah. A team performing in single-seaters for 19 years. Well-known for its know-how in developing young talents, the Toulouse-based team has won 11 team champion titles in the international World Series by Renault competition.
Over the years, they received the trust of several Formula 1 teams for their young driver development programs (Red Bull Racing, Renault, Ferrari and Force India) as well as management groups such as Infinity Sports Management and SMP Racing.
Since its involvement in endurance racing, Tech1 has been in charge of engineering management, logistics and technical design office. By joining force with Olivier Panis, they became a technical partner at the top of both innovation and performance. In its perpetual development dynamic, the Abadie’s has found a natural ally to extend their reputation in the world of endurance racing.
In parallel to the ELMS and the 24h of Le Mans, they were also involved in the Asian Le Mans Series in 2018 with a Ligier JS P2 entrusted to Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and François Heriau.
In 2019, the two entities joined the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe Championships in Lexus RC F GT3s.
In 2020, in parallel to their commitment to Panis Racing in the ELMS and to the 24h of Le Mans in LMP2 with an Oreca 07, they entered a Lexus RC F GT3 in the GT World Challenge Europe in the Silver category with three young French guns: Aurelien Panis, Thomas Neubauer and Timothe Buret, who shined in both Sprint and Endurance (5th Silver in the Championship with 1 win, 2 podiums and 3 pole positions).
In 2021, Tech1 Racing is in charge of the technical support of the #29 Ultimate car entered in the Pro-Am category of the European Le Mans Series for the French team composed of Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and François Heriau.
On the occasion of the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Olivier Panis the Team Principal, Team Managers Sarah and Simon Abadie have, like last year, again won a podium at the end of the Mythical race with the # 65 Panis Racing Oreca 07 entrusted to Will Stevens, James Allen and Julien Canal.
At the same time, they presented another LMP2 car, for the American team PR1 Motorsports Mathiasen, the 2020 IMSA champion, managing the engineering of the #24 Oreca 07 in the hands of Gabriel Aubry, Patrick Kelly and Simon Trummer.
JOFFREY GUILLEMAT & MALLORY MOUROT