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This Monte Carlo-based Frenchman twice tried to qualify for the Monaco Grand Prix during the late 1950s without success.
André Testut drove an OSCA MT4 in national sports car races during 1957 and made a rare appearance outside Europe at the end of that season. He took the car to Caracas for the 1957 Venezuelan GP – a round of the World Sportscar Championship – and finished 11th.
He then made his Formula 1 debut at the start of 1958 driving an old Maserati 250F at Syracuse. Slowest of all in qualifying, Testut ran at the back of the field before retiring with a broken engine. His entry for the following month’s Monaco GP was accepted but Testut proved too slow to qualify.
It was the same story for the 1959 race with Testut 14 seconds off the pace required to make the field. His car was entered for his local race under the Monte Carlo Auto Sport banner for both of those failed qualifying attempts.
He was briefly a works driver in June 1959 when racing at Le Mans for the only time when sharing an OSCA S750 with Jean Laroche. Their gearbox failed during the race and that spelled the end to André Testut’s limited international career.