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) and the 24 Hours of 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.
In 2016, the founding of Panis-Barthez Competition, in association with Simon and Sarah Abadie, was the next logical step. Olivier is also involved in drivers management, with Triple A and his friend Didier Coton.
Former French Formula Renault 2.0 vice-champion driver in 2000, Simon Abadie is the joint manager with his sister Sarah of Tech1 Racing, a single-seater racing team for 19 years.
Recognized for its know-how in the training of young talents, the Toulouse team has won 11 Team Champion titles in international competitions World Series by Renault.
Over the years, it has received the trust of several Formula 1 teams as part of their development programs for young drivers (Red Bull Racing, Renault, Ferrari or Force India) but also management groups such as Infinity Sports Management and SMP Racing.
7 Formula 1 drivers made their debut in the orange and black team (Pierre Gasly, Brendon Hartley, the late Jules Bianchi, Daniel Ricciardo, Jérôme D'Ambrosio, Jean-Eric Vergne and Charles Pic).
Since his commitment in endurance, Tech1 Racing is in charge of engineering, logistics and the technical design office. By associating itself with Panis-Barthez Compétition, it is a technical partner at the cutting edge of innovation and performance which, in its on-going development dynamic, has found a natural ally to expand its know-how in the world of endurance.
In addition to the ELMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 2018 they participate in the Asian Le Mans Series with a Ligier JS P2 entrusted to Matthieu Lahaye, Jean-Baptiste Lahaye and François Hériau.
In 2019 , the two entities start a new challenge by participating in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance CuP and Blancpain GT World Challenge Europe with a Lexus RC F GT3.
In 2020, in parallel with their engagement in ELMS and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP2, they continue with Olivier Panis their collaboration with Lexus in GT3 in GT World Challenge Europe with three very promising young drivers: Aurélien Panis, Thomas Neubauer and Timothé Buret.
JOFFREY GUILLEMAT & MALLORY MOUROT