During the late ’60s and early ’70s few racecar drivers better fit the image of the playboy racer than Frenchman François Cevert.
Born the son of a wealthy Parisian jeweller, Cevert sought adventure and found it in the form of motor racing, winning the French Volant Shell driver training award. From there a French Formula 3 championship ensued in 1968 with a brief stint driving a Tecno in F2 before being asked to replace Johnny Servoz-Gavin at Tyrrell. In the following three years preceding his death, Cevert won the USGP at Watkins Glen (’71), scored several Grand Prix podium finishes and placed 2nd in the 24-Hours of Le Mans.
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