Date de of birth: January 5th, 1978
Place: Feurs (42)
Franck Montagny got started in karting in the early 90s before quickly moving on to try one-seaters. A natural, Franck won the 1994 French Formula Campus crown on his first go in 1994.
1996 was the most challenging year for Franck, left broken and bruised after a dreadful accident in Formula Renault that left him with two broken ankles. But he fought back and still managed 6th place in the championship with two victories, and all that after not having participated in half of the championship! He accomplished this thanks to Professor Saillant and his team at Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital, as well as through his talent and determination.
After two seasons in F3 France, 12 wins, taking 4th place and 2nd in the 1997 and 1997 championships, he turned his sights to F3000, a sport which is supposed to be a springboard to Formula 1, but which held nothing but disappointment for Franck who chose to restart his career with Formula Nissan, which has already seen the likes of other Formula one drivers such as Marc Gene and Fernando Alonso.
A leader in the sport since his first year, Franck continued his racing career in the championship that was breaking new ground in 2002 and 2003, in cars with more than 400 horsepower. With vice-champion and champion titles under his belt and 13 wins, it allowed Franck to take a shot at Formula 1, with a solid background strengthened by a 6th place showing at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2002 for the Oreca team.
Since 2003, Franck Montagny has been a test driver for Renault F1 and has looked at evolving his status and becoming a reserve driver for the team at Losange. Franck is today a substantial part of the French team and is in charge of developments of the R25 while Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella will be competing in the 2005 F1 World Championship.