Frédéric Sausset: a crazy challenge
Michelin’s credo, always provide a better way to move forward, is regularly exemplified in particularly courageous and daring projects. When leg and arm amputee Frédéric Sausset said to us: “I would like to take part in the 24 hours of Le Mans race,” we immediately signed up for this adventure.
July 2012. After a benign scratch on his finger led to swift, generalized septicemia because of rare bacteria, company director Frédéric Sausset then aged 43 and father to two daughters became seriously ill. Under great pressure, doctors amputated his already necrotic legs and arms to save his life. After weeks of therapy and physical and mental suffering, Frédéric rediscovered his fighting spirit and decided to take his revenge on fate. His passion for motorsports pushed him towards a spectacular challenge: the 24 hours of Le Mans. A mere four months after his operation, he was already preparing his project and training for the event. With the help of his friend Christophe Tinseau, a professional racing driver, he began the long journey that would lead him to the Sarthe race track. With a specially built cockpit, Frédéric took part in his first Endurance races in 2015. Michelin was by his side, helping him acquire competition tires.
After proving their worth on the tracks at Barcelona, Aragon, Castelet and Magny Cours, Frédéric Sausset and Christophe Tinseau were close to seeing their incredible dream become a reality. Their participation in the 84th edition of the most epic endurance race became official in 2016. And our commitment to them became even stronger. Not only do they have our very latest endurance tires, they also have the support of our experts in the paddocks.
June 18 and 19, 2016 Without a single mistake on the track and praised by the elite drivers, the Sausset Racing Team 41 accomplished a fabulous feat by finishing 38th in the general rankings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Throughout their challenge, Frédéric Sausset and Christophe Tinseau pushed the boundaries of mobility for all. This is a vision we have always shared.