Jean-Pierre Jarier

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Jean-Pierre Jarier
Born (1946-07-10) 10 July 1946 (age 72)
Charenton-le-Pont, France
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityFrance French
Active years1971, 19731983
TeamsMarch, Shadow, Penske, Ligier, ATS, Lotus, Tyrrell, Osella
Entries143 (134 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums3
Career points31.5
Pole positions3
Fastest laps3
First entry1971 Italian Grand Prix
Last entry1983 South African Grand Prix

Jean-Pierre Jacques Jarier[1] (born 10 July 1946) is a French former Grand Prix racing driver. He drove for several notable Formula One teams including Shadow, Team Lotus, Ligier and Tyrrell Racing. His best finish was third (three times) and he also took three pole positions.

Early career[edit]

Jarier was born at Charenton-le-Pont, near Paris. Following impressive results in Formula France, he moved up to French Formula Three, finishing 3rd overall in 1970, before moving on to the Shell Arnold European Formula Two team in 1971. He peaked with two 3rd places, and also made his Grand Prix debut at Monza when the team rented a March Engineering 701. However, the team dropped him midway through 1972 for financial reasons. For 1973 he signed to the March Engineering Formula Two team, and was also given a Formula One seat by the outfit. Formula One was difficult in the uncompetitive 721G, but Jarier stormed to the Formula Two title with eight wins.

Formula One[edit]

Jarier won the 1000 km Nürburgring race in 1974 with Jean-Pierre Beltoise. The pair drove a Matra-Simca 670C.

After his devastating form in the 1973 F2 European series, Jarier nearly signed for Ferrari, however long established Ferrari driver Clay Regazzoni insisted on having the young Austrian Niki Lauda as his teammate, on account of the impressive test driving skills shown at BRM. In 1974 Jarier drove a full season of Formula One, signing with the Shadow Racing Cars team. He became team leader following the death of Peter Revson, finishing 3rd at the Monaco Grand Prix on his way to 14th overall. However as a sports car driver. Jarier led Matra's successful defense of its world sports car title, and proved himself the fastest driver of all on the classic road circuits, being faster than Ickx at Nürburgring and the old Spa road circuit and winning three other rounds on GP circuits at Brands Hatch, Watkins Glen and Paul Ricard.

1975 began with a bang, as he put his Shadow DN5 on pole position for the Argentine Grand Prix, only for a component to break in the warm-up, preventing Jarier from taking the start. He repeated the feat at the Brazilian Grand Prix, and then dominated the race until a fuel metering unit failed, ending his race. Bad luck and poor reliability would curse his season, though the Shadow team fell from the pace as well. His only points-scoring finish was for 4th place in the shortened Spanish Grand Prix.

Jarier spent 1976 with Shadow Racing Cars, qualifying 3rd in an updated version of the previous year's car, the DN5B and setting fastest lap at the opening Brazilian Grand Prix, before spinning off and crashing on James Hunt's oil whilst running second mere seconds behind Niki Lauda in a Ferrari. However, this was a false dawn, as the car became uncompetitive, and Jarier failed to score any points.

Following this impressive start, his career slowed. He switched to the ATS team in 1977, driving a Penske. He scored a point in his first race for the team, and then had one-off drives for Shadow and Equipe Ligier when the German team elected to miss the final races of the year. He also dabbled in sports cars, winning two races in an Alfa Romeo T33 with Arturo Merzario, and coming second at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Vern Schuppan in a Mirage.

His second year at ATS in the in-house HS1, was less successful, and he was fired after an argument with team principal Günter Schmid after failing to qualify the car for the Monaco Grand Prix. He was briefly re-hired for the German Grand Prix, only to miss the grid again, and again argued with Schmidt, leaving once more. However, at the end of the year he was signed by Team Lotus to take the seat left by Ronnie Peterson's death. He set fastest lap at the United States Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen, running 3rd before he ran out of fuel, and then took pole and dominated at the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal before an oil leak ended his race.

These showings saw him signed by Tyrrell Racing. He was a regular points-scorer over two seasons with the team, with his best results being two 3rd places, achieved at the 1979 South African Grand Prix and the 1979 British Grand Prix.

He began 1981 with a temporary assignment for Ligier, standing in while Jean-Pierre Jabouille returned to fitness, for two races at Long Beach and Rio de Janeiro. He then drove with Osella beginning midway through the season, giving some respectable performances for the small, underfunded team.

1982 saw a full season with Osella, with Jarier securing the team's best-ever finish with 4th at the San Marino Grand Prix (which was boycotted by the majority of British teams). While the rest of the year would be difficult, Jarier was instrumental in keeping the team's morale up following the death of Riccardo Paletti at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The following year saw a full season with Equipe Ligier, but after a good run at Long Beach ended with a collision with Keke Rosberg, he seemed to lose hope, and finished the season without points. At this point he became more of a menace as a backmarker, and his known unpredictable nature on track became prevalent all throughout the season, annoying drivers at almost every opportunity. At the Austrian Grand Prix that year he made many drivers angry because of his blocking tactics as a back marker. On lap 22, Ferrari driver Patrick Tambay, who had led the race from the start, was held up by Jarier for 2 corners (the Glatsch-kurve and the Bosch-kurve). As he was being held up, Tambay's team-mate Rene Arnoux was able to pass Tambay on the approach to the Texaco-Schikane by boxing Tambay in behind Jarier. This also allowed Brabham driver Nelson Piquet to come from 3rd to 2nd by nipping past Tambay into the second of the two left-handers, which dropped Tambay to 3rd and denied him the lead he had been preparing to re-take from Arnoux. A furious Tambay waved his fist at Jarier when he finally did pass him. BBC commentators Murray Walker and James Hunt were appalled at Jarier's driving, with Hunt saying:

"Jarier really is completely out of order, he really shouldn't be allowed to drive in Grand Prix racing. He's got a mental age of 10 in the first place, and that was an absolutely disgraceful bit of driving for a driver of his experience...the authorities have to crack down on driving like that...he should certainly receive a short suspension, and for being himself, he should receive a permanent suspension."

Even the gentlemanly Walker also made rare scathing comments on Jarier's driving, he said "In all my years as a commentator, but certainly no driver, I have to admit, that was an awful and crass piece of driving by Jarier." At this point in the season, in terms of his Formula One status, Jarier was at the point of no return.

Later life[edit]

Following this, Jarier retired from motorsport, but was tempted back to drive in the Porsche Supercup in 1994. This led to several sports car drives, winning the 1998 and 1999 French GT Championships. Jarier introduced himself to a new generation by contributing major stunt work to the film Ronin, directed by John Frankenheimer who also directed the 1966 classic, Grand Prix.

Racing record[edit]

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Pts
1971 Shell-Arnold Team March 712M Ford HOC THR
Ret
NÜR JAR
Ret
PAL
Ret
ROU
DNS
MAN
Ret
TUL ALB
3
VAL
DNQ
VAL
3
8th 10
1972 Shell-Arnold Team March 722 Ford MAL THR
Ret
HOC
Ret
PAU PAL HOC ROU ÖST IMO MAN PER SAL ALB HOC NC 0
1973 STP March Racing Team March 732 BMW MAL
1
HOC
1
THR
Ret
NÜR
Ret
PAU
2
KIN NIV
1
HOC ROU
1
MNZ MAN
1
KAR
1
PER
1
SAL NOR
Ret
ALB
2
VAL 1st 78
1976 Fred Opert Racing Chevron B35 Hart HOC THR VAL SAL PAU
4
HOC ROU MUG PER EST NOG
Ret
HOC NC 0
1978 Maublanc Racing Services March 782 BMW THR
Ret
HOC
3
NÜR PAU MUG VAL
Ret
ROU
8
DON NOG PER MIS HOC NC 0

Graded drivers not eligible for European Formula Two Championship points

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Pts
1971 Shell Arnold Team March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA
NC
CAN USA NC 0
1973 STP March Racing Team March 721G Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
NC
ESP NC 0
March 731 BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
SWE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR NED GER AUT
Ret
ITA
March Racing Team CAN
NC
USA
11
1974 UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA 14th 6
Shadow DN3 ESP
Ret
BEL
13
MON
3
SWE
5
NED
Ret
FRA
12
GBR
Ret
GER
8
AUT
8
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
10
1975 UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
DNS
BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
ESP
4
MON
Ret
BEL
Ret
SWE
Ret
NED
Ret
FRA
8
GBR
14
GER
Ret
USA
Ret
18th 1.5
Shadow DN7 Matra MS73 3.0 V12 AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
1976 Shadow Racing Team  Shadow DN5B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA
Ret
RSA
Ret
USW
7
ESP
Ret
BEL
9
MON
8
SWE
12
FRA
12
GBR
9
GER
11
AUT
Ret
NED
10
ITA
19
CAN
18
USA
10
JPN
10
NC 0
1977 ATS Racing Team Penske PC4 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA USW
6
ESP
DNQ
MON
11
BEL
11
SWE
8
FRA
Ret
GBR
9
GER
Ret
AUT
14
NED
Ret
ITA
Ret
19th 1
Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN8 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 USA
9
CAN
Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS7 Matra MS76 3.0 V12 JPN
Ret
1978 ATS Racing Team ATS HS1 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
12
BRA
DNS
RSA
8
USW
11
MON
DNQ
BEL ESP SWE FRA GBR GER
DNQ
AUT NED ITA NC 0
John Player Team Lotus Lotus 79 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 USA
15
CAN
Ret
1979 Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
Ret
RSA
3
USW
6
ESP
5
11th 14
Candy Team Tyrrell BEL
11
MON
Ret
FRA
5
GBR
3
GER AUT NED
Ret
ITA
6
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
1980 Candy Team Tyrrell Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
Ret
BRA
12
13th 6
Tyrrell 010 RSA
7
USW
Ret
BEL
5
MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
5
GER
15
AUT
Ret
NED
5
ITA
13
CAN
7
USA
NC
1981 Equipe Talbot Gitanes Ligier JS17 Matra MS81 3.0 V12 USW
Ret
BRA
7
ARG SMR BEL MON ESP FRA NC 0
Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 GBR
8
GER
8
AUT
10
NED
Ret
Osella FA1C ITA
9
CAN
Ret
CPL
Ret
1982 Osella Squadra Corse Osella FA1C Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA
Ret
BRA
9
USW
Ret
SMR
4
BEL
Ret
MON
DNQ
DET
Ret
CAN
DNS
NED
14
GBR
Ret
FRA
Ret
20th 3
Osella FA1D GER
Ret
AUT
DNQ
SUI
Ret
ITA
Ret
CPL
DNS
1983 Equipe Ligier Gitanes Ligier JS21 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA
Ret
USW
Ret
FRA
9
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
BEL
Ret
DET
Ret
CAN
Ret
NC 0
Ford Cosworth DFY 3.0 V8 GBR
10
GER
8
AUT
7
NED
Ret
ITA
9
EUR
Ret
RSA
10

For the 1976 German and Austrian Grands Prix Shadow was sponsored by the Villiger Söhne "Tabatip" cigar brand.

Complete Formula One non-championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1971 Shell-Arnold Team March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG ROC QUE SPR INT RIN OUL
NC
VIC
1974 UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN3 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 PRE ROC
DNS
INT
3
1975 UOP Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
8
INT SUI
Ret
1976 Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN5 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC INT
5
1979 Candy Tyrrell Team Tyrrell 009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC GNM DIN
5
1980 Candy Tyrrell Team Tyrrell 010 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ESP
4
Source:[2]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1972 United States North American Racing Team France Claude Buchet Ferrari 365 GTB/4 GT
5.0
297 9th 5th
1974 France Équipe Gitanes France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Simca MS680 S
3.0
104 DNF DNF
1975 France Gitanes Automobiles Ligier France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Ligier JS2-Maserati S
3.0
36 DNF DNF
1977 United States Grand Touring Cars Inc.
France Mirage Renault
Australia Vern Schuppan Mirage GR8-Renault S
+2.0
331 2nd 2nd
1978 France Equipe Renault Elf Sport United Kingdom Derek Bell Renault Alpine A442A S
+2.0
162 DNF DNF
1979 France Jean-Pierre Jarier United States Randy Townsend
France Raymond Touroul
Porsche 935 IMSA
+2.5
65 DNF DNF
1981 Germany BASF Cassetten Team GS Sport Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck
Germany Helmut Henzler
BMW M1 IMSA
GTX
57 DNF DNF
1984 West Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Australia Vern Schuppan
Australia Alan Jones
Porsche 956B C1 337 6th 6th
1985 Germany Kremer Porsche Racing New Zealand Mike Thackwell
Austria Franz Konrad
Porsche 962C C1 356 9th 9th
1988 Australia Takefuji Schuppan Racing Team United Kingdom Brian Redman
Sweden Eje Elgh
Porsche 962C C1 359 10th 10th
1995 France Larbre Compétition Spain Jesús Pareja
France Érik Comas
Porsche 911 GT2 Evo GT1 64 DNF DNF
1996 Germany Roock Racing Team Spain Jesús Pareja
United Kingdom Dominic Chappell
Porsche 911 GT2 Evo GT1 93 DNF DNF
1997 France Société Chéreau France Jean-Luc Chéreau
France Jack Leconte
Porsche 911 GT2 GT2 77 DNF DNF
1998 France Larbre Compétition Sweden Carl Rosenblad
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
Porsche 911 GT2 GT2 164 DNF DNF
1999 France Larbre Compétition France Sébastien Bourdais
France Pierre de Thoisy
Porsche 911 GT2 GTS 134 DNF DNF
Source:[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIA Year Book of Automobile Sport 1979. Patrick Stephens Ltd. white p. 37. ISBN 0-85059-320-4.
  2. ^ "Jean-Pierre Jarier- Involvement Non World Championship". statsf1.com. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jean-Pierre Jarier, France". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Hailwood
European Formula Two
Champion

1973
Succeeded by
Patrick Depailler