Francois Cevert

The above photograph was taken on the morning of the 6th October, 1973. 40 years ago today.

It was qualifying day of the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. Jackie Stewart had already wrapped up the world title - his third - and was secretly preparing to retire after this race, which would be his 100th. The leadership of the Tyrrell team would pass to the young Frenchman, Francois Cevert, who had spent three years learning everything from Jackie. 

They went out for morning practice. Jackie preferred to take the formidable Bridge complex in fifth gear - the lower revs made the car slower, but more docile and easier to handle over the bump just after the apex. Francois took the corner in fourth, at much higher revs. He lost control and the car smashed into the barriers on each side of the track, flipping over in the process. He was killed. The Tyrrell team withdrew from the Grand Prix, meaning Jackie retired on the spot with 27 wins to his name. Francois had just one - two years before, at the very track he died. He was 29 years old.

Rest in peace, Albert François Cevert Goldenberg. Wherever you are, I hope your eternal spring continues.

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                                               REMEMBERING THE BRAVE MEN!

These men lost their lives doing what they loved to do! We can’t forget them and their sacrifices. Always in our memory!

Luigi Fagioli - 20 June 1952 - Mônaco

Cameron Earl - 25 June 1952 - MIRA, Nuneaton (England)

Chet Miller - 15 May 1953 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Carl Scarborough -  15 May 1953 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Charles de Tornaco -  18 September 1953 - Autodromo di Modena, Italy

Felice Bonetto - 21 Novemeber 1953 - (México)

Onofre Marimón - 31 July 1954 - Nürburgring

Mario Alborghetti - 11 May 1955 - France

Manny Ayulo - 16 May 1955 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Alberto Ascari - 26 May 1955 - Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Bill Vukovich - 30 May 1955 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Eugenio Castellotti - 14 March 1957 - Autodromo di Modena, Italy

Keith Andrews - 15 May 1957 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Pat O'Connor - 30 May 1958 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Luigi Musso - 6 July 1958 - Reims-Gueux

Peter Collins - 3 August 1958 - Nürburgring

Stuart Lewis-Evans - 19 September 1958 - Ain-Diab Circuit

Jerry Unser - 17 May 1959 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Bob Cortner - 19 May 1959 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Ivor Bueb - 1 August 1959 - Circuit Charade

Jean Behra - 1 August 1959 - Circuit AVUS

Harry Schell - 13 May 1960 - Silverstone

Chris Bristow,  Alan Stacey - 19 June 1960 - Circuit Spa-Francorchamps

Shane Summers - 1 June 1961 - Brands Hatch

Giulio Cabianca - 15 June 1961 - Modena Autodrome

Wolfgang von Trips - 10 September 1961 - Nazionale Monza

Ricardo Rodríguez - 1 November 1962 - Magdalena Mixhiurca

Carel Godin de Beaufort -  2 August 1964 - Nürburgring

John Taylor - 7 August 1966 - Nürburgring

Lorenzo Bandini -  7 May 1967 - Circuit de Monaco

Bob Anderson - 14 August 1967 - Silverstone, England

Jim Clark  - 7 April 1968 - Hockenheimring

Jo Schlesser - 7 July 1968 - Rouen-Les-Essarts

Gerhard Mitter - 2 August 1969 - Nürburgring

Bruce McLaren - 2 June 1970 - England

Piers Courage - 7 June 1970 - Circuit Zandvoort

Jochen Rindt - 5 September 1970 - Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Jo Siffert - 24 October 1971 - Brands Hatch

Roger Williamson - 29 July 1973 - Circuit Zandvoort

François Cévert - 6 October 1973 - Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course

Peter Revson - 30 May 1974 - Kyalami

Helmuth Koinigg - 6 October 1974 - Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course

Mark Donohue - 19 August 1975 - Österreichring

Tom Pryce - 5 March 1977 - Kyalami

Brian McGuire - 29 August 1977 - Brands Hatch

Ronnie Peterson - 11 September 1978 - Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Patrick Depailler - 1 August 1980 - Hockenheimring

Gilles Villeneuve - 8 May 1982 - Zolder

Riccardo Paletti - 13 June 1982 - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Elio de Angelis - 15 May 1986 - Circuit Paul Ricard

Roland Ratzenberger - 30 April 1994 - Enzo e Dino Ferrari

Ayrton Senna - 1 May 1994 - Enzo e Dino Ferrari

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You know the fantastic thing, I think every man in the world is looking for that: to make, from his passion, his business. That’s what I have done. I have passion for motor racing and it’s my business. I cannot be more happy. Everything I do about motor racing, I enjoy it. Anything. Because it is my passion.

- François Cevert (February 25, 1944 – October 6, 1973)