Jean-Pierre Beltoise

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Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Jean Pierre Beltoise 1969 NÃŒrburgring.JPG
Nationality France French
Born (1937-04-26) 26 April 1937 (age 77)
Paris, France
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1962 - 1964
First race 1962 250cc French Grand Prix
Last race 1964 50 cc French Grand Prix
Team(s) Kreidler
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
8 0 1 0 0
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1967 - 1974
Teams Matra, BRM
Races 88 (86 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 1
Podiums 8
Career points 77
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 4
First race 1967 Monaco Grand Prix
First win 1972 Monaco Grand Prix
Last win 1972 Monaco Grand Prix
Last race 1974 United States Grand Prix

Jean-Pierre Maurice Georges Beltoise (born 26 April 1937 in Paris, France) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver who raced for the Matra and BRM teams. François Cevert was his brother-in-law (his wife's brother).

Beltoise won 11 national motorcycle titles in three years.[1] He competed in international Grand Prix motorcycle racing from the 1962 to 1964 seasons in the 50, 125, 250 and 500 cc classes. His best finish was a sixth place in the 1964 50 cc World Championship.[2]

In 1963 he was racing a 1.1-litre Rene Bonnet sports car. His career almost ended with a huge crash in the Reims 12-hour sports car endurance race, in which he suffered a broken arm. Beltoise raced to a win in the 1965 Reims Formula 3 race, after which he graduated to Formula 2 for the following season.

In a Matra car during practice for the German Grand Prix at Nürburgring in August 1968

He had good seasons in 1966 and 1967 and entered Formula 1 in a V12-engined Matra, winning the 1967 Buenos Aires Grand Prix, which was not part of the Formula 1 calendar, and scoring a great second place in the 1968 Dutch Grand Prix. In 1969 he was recruited by Ken Tyrrell to the Matra team, driving alongside Jackie Stewart, finishing second in the 1969 French Grand Prix. In 1971, racing in the Matra sports car team, he was involved in the accident which killed Ignazio Giunti during the 1000 km Buenos Aires, and his international racing license was suspended for some time.

In 1972 he joined the BRM team and won what turned out to be his only and BRM's final Formula One victory at the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix under heavy rain. He finally retired from Formula 1 at the end of the 1974 season.

He later did most of the testing for the Ligier F1 team and afterwards turned his attention to touring car racing in France, twice winning the French title for BMW before entering rallycross in an Alpine-Renault with which he won the French title. In 1981 he returned to touring cars and raced for Peugeot throughout the 1980s. He is also a regular ice racer. He has two sons, Anthony and Julien, who are both race drivers.

In fiction, Beltoise frequently appeared in the Michel Vaillant series of comic books, amongst others being part of the winning Vaillante Le Mans team.

Motorcycle Grand Prix results[edit]

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Rank Wins
1962 250cc Moto Morini ESP
-
FRA
5
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
ULS
-
DDR
-
NAT
-
ARG
-
2 20th 0
1963 50cc Kreidler ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
5
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
6
FIN
-
ARG
-
JPN
-
3 11th 0
125cc Bultaco ESP
-
GER
-
FRA
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
6
ULS
-
DDR
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
ARG
-
JPN
-
1 20th 0
1964 50cc Kreidler USA
5
ESP
-
FRA
3
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
GER
-
FIN
-
JPN
-
6 6th 0
125cc Bultaco USA
5
ESP
-
FRA
5
IOM
-
NED
-
GER
-
DDR
-
ULS
-
FIN
-
NAT
-
JPN
-
4 13th 0

[2]

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Points
1966 Matra Sports Matra MS5 (F2) Cosworth Straight-4 MON
BEL
FRA
GBR
NED
GER
8
ITA
USA
MEX
NC 0
1967 Matra Sports Matra MS7 (F2) Cosworth Straight-4 RSA
MON
DNQ
NED
BEL
FRA
GBR
GER
CAN
ITA
USA
7
MEX
7
NC 0
1968 Matra Sports Matra MS7 (F2) Cosworth Straight-4 RSA
6
9th 11
Matra MS11 Matra V12 MON
Ret
BEL
8
NED
2
FRA
9
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
5
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
Matra International Matra MS10 Cosworth V8 ESP
5
1969 Matra International Matra MS10 Cosworth V8 RSA
6
5th 21
Matra MS80 ESP
3
MON
Ret
NED
8
FRA
2
GER
12*
ITA
3
CAN
4
USA
Ret
MEX
5
Matra MS84 GBR
9
1970 Equipe Matra Elf Matra-Simca MS120 Matra V12 RSA
4
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
BEL
3
NED
5
FRA
13
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
AUT
6
ITA
3
CAN
8
USA
Ret
MEX
5
9th 16
1971 Equipe Matra Sports Matra-Simca MS120B Matra V12 RSA
ESP
6
MON
Ret
NED
9
FRA
7
GBR
7
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
Ret
USA
8
22nd 1
1972 Marlboro BRM BRM P160B BRM V12 ARG
RSA
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
1
BEL
Ret
FRA
15
11th 9
BRM P160C GBR
11
GER
9
AUT
8
BRM P180 ITA
8
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
1973 Marlboro BRM BRM P160D BRM V12 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
10th 9
BRM P160E ESP
5
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
FRA
11
GBR
Ret
NED
5
GER
Ret
AUT
5
ITA
13
CAN
4
USA
9
1974 Team Motul BRM BRM P160E BRM V12 ARG
5
BRA
10
13th 10
BRM P201 RSA
2
ESP
Ret
BEL
5
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
NED
Ret
FRA
10
GBR
12
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
CAN
NC
USA
DNQ

[3]

  • In the 1969 German Grand Prix, Beltoise was classified 12th on the circuit but was the 6th Formula One car behind six Formula 2 cars, thus scoring one World Championship point.

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
French Formula Three
Champion

1965
Succeeded by
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
Preceded by
Peter Revson
Monaco Formula Three
Race Winner

1966
Succeeded by
Henri Pescarolo
Preceded by
Jacky Ickx
European Formula Two
Champion

1968
Succeeded by
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
Preceded by
None
French Touring Car Champion
1976-1977
Succeeded by
Lucien Guitteny