François Cevert  France

  • Full name Albert François Cevert
  • Birth date February 25, 1944
  • Birthplace Paris, France
  • Date of death October 6, 1973 (29 years 223 days)
  • Place of death Dix, New York, United States
  • Relation Brother-in-law - JPMG Beltoise
  • Teams March, Tyrrell
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World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
1970 March 9 9 0 0 5 6 0 0 4 0 0 1 22
1971 Tyrrell 11 11 1 4 7 1 0 1 3 1 0 26 3
1972 Tyrrell 12 12 0 2 6 2 0 0 4 0 0 15 6
1973 Tyrrell 15 14 0 7 11 2 0 2 2 1 0 47 4
Total 47 46 1 13 29 1 0 3 2 2 0 89
Race Circuit Date
First race Dutch Grand Prix Zandvoort June 21, 1970 Race results
Last race United States Grand Prix Watkins Glen October 7, 1973 Race results
Profile

Fate struck a cruel blow when it claimed the life of this talented Frenchman at the 1973 US Grand Prix, for he was poised to assume Jackie Stewart's role as Tyrrell team leader and thus make a bid to become the first French World Champion. French Formula Three champion in 1968, François was promoted by Tecno to its Formula Two squad and finished third overall in 1969. Tyrrell snapped him up for 1970 and put him under the tutelage of Stewart. François was twice second in 1971 before winning the final race of the season, at Watkins Glen, the track that would later claim his life. This helped him to third overall behind Stewart and Ferrari's Jacky Ickx. The 1972 season was not such a success, with two more second places, yet François made up for this by finishing second in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In 1973 he was second six times, three times behind Stewart. Then came that fateful day in upper New York State...

Reproduced from The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Formula One published by Carlton Books

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May 22, 2013

Jean-Eric Vergne's special Monaco helmet in the style of Francois Cevert's

May 22, 2013

Jean-Eric Vergne's special Monaco helmet in the style of Francois Cevert's

October 7, 1973

An early morning Sunday church service conducted in the pits after the tragic death of Francois Cevert

     

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