Born in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, in Normandy, he began racing with a Bugatti in 1926, making an immediate impact by winning the Grand Prix de Reims. Nicknamed "Phi-Phi," he teamed up with Luigi Chinetti to win the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1934.
Étancelin participated in twelve F1 grands prix, debuting on May 13, 1950. He scored a total of 3 championship points.
His fifth place in the 1950 Italian Grand Prix means that he is the oldest driver to score championship points.
In 1953 the government of France awarded him the Legion of Honor in recognition of his contribution to the sport of automobile racing that spanned four decades.
He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1981.
Major career wins:
- Algerian Grand Prix 1930
- Grand Prix de la Baule 1929
- Grand Prix du Comminges 1929, 1931
- Dauphiné Circuit 1930, 1931
- French Grand Prix 1930
- Grand Prix de Dieppe 1931
- Grand Prix de la Marne 1929, 1933
- Grand Prix de Pau 1930, 1936
- Grand Prix de Picardie 1932, 1933
- Grand Prix de Reims 1927, 1929
- St. Raphael 1931
- 24 hours of Le Mans 1934
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(Note: grands prix in bold denote points scoring races.)