|Born||26 April 1937|
|Died||5 January 2015 (aged 77)|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Entries||88 (86 starts)|
|First entry||1967 Monaco Grand Prix|
|First win||1972 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Last win||1972 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Last entry||1974 United States Grand Prix|
Jean-Pierre Maurice Georges Beltoise (26 April 1937 – 5 January 2015) was a French Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and Formula One driver who raced for the Matra and BRM teams. He competed in 88 Grands Prix achieving a single victory, at the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix, and a total of eight podium finishes.
Beltoise won 11 French national motorcycle road racing titles in three years. 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.
In 1964 he was racing a 1.1-litre René 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, so severely damaged that its movement was permanently restricted. However he returned in 1965 and won the Reims Formula 3 race, after which he graduated to Formula 2 for the following season.
In 1966, Beltoise drove in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in a Formula Two (F2) one litre Matra MS5-Cosworth. He finished one lap down but won the F2 class. However, it was his only Grand Prix that season. In 1967 Beltoise competed in three Grands Prix with a Formula Two Matra MS7 1.6 litre Cosworth, and finished seventh at both Watkins Glen and Mexico City. He also won the 1967 Buenos Aires Grand Prix, which was not part of the World Championship calendar. In 1968 Beltoise began the season again with an F2 car but from the second race onward had Formula One machinery and finished second in the 1968 Dutch Grand Prix. In 1969 he was placed in Ken Tyrrell's Matra team, whilst the works V12 engine was developed driving alongside Jackie Stewart, and finished second in the French grand Prix. Beltoise returned to the works Matra team for both 1970 and 1971. In 1971, racing in the Matra sports car team, he was involved in the accident in which Ignazio Giunti died during the 1000 km Buenos Aires, and his international racing license was suspended for some time.
Because of his supension as race driver, Matra signed Chris Amon as team driver for 1971 which left Beltoise without a seat in F1 for the season. For 1972, he moved to the BRM team and won what turned out to be his only and BRM's final championship-qualifying Formula One victory at the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix in heavy rain. In that same year, Jean-Pierre won a non-championship race in the end of the F1 season, at Brands Hatch, thus marking the last two victories of BRM make in Formula One. He spent three seasons with BRM, and finally retired from Formula 1 at the end of the 1974 season.
He later did most of the testing for the Ligier F1 team, although a proposed Formula One drive for 1976 went instead to Jacques Laffite and he thereafter 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 was also a regular ice racer. His two sons, Anthony and Julien, 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.
Beltoise died at his holiday home in Dakar, Senegal, on 5 January 2015, aged 77, following two strokes.
Motorcycle Grand Prix resultsEdit
(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit
|1963||Automobiles René Bonnet||Claude Bobrowski||René Bonnet Aérodjet LM6||P
|1964||Société Automobiles René Bonnet||Gérard Laureau||René Bonnet Aérodjet||P
|1966||Matra Sports SARL||Johnny Servoz-Gavin||Matra M620||P
|1967||Equipe Matra Sports||Johnny Servoz-Gavin||Matra MS630||P
|1969||Equipe Matra Elf||Piers Courage||Matra MS650||P
|1970||Equipe Matra-Simca||Henri Pescarolo||Matra-Simca MS660||P
|1971||Equipe Matra-Simca||Chris Amon||Matra-Simca MS660||P
|1972||Equipe Matra-Simca||Chris Amon||Matra-Simca MS670||S
|1973||Equipe Matra-Simca Shell||François Cevert||Matra-Simca MS670B||S
|1974||Equipe Gitanes||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Matra-Simca MS680||S
|1975||Gitanes Automobiles Ligier||Jean-Pierre Jarier||Ligier JS2-Ford Cosworth||S
|1976||Inaltera||Henri Pescarolo||Inaltera LM-Ford Cosworth||GTP||305||8th||1st|
|1977||Inaltera||Al Holbert||Inaltera LM77-Ford Cosworth||S
|1979||ITT Oceanic Jean Rondeau||Henri Pescarolo||Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth||S
Complete European Formula Two Championship resultsEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)
‡ Graded drivers not eligible for European Formula Two Championship points
Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
(key) (races in italics indicate fastest lap)
- ^1 – 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.
Non-Championship Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1967||Matra Sports||Matra MS5 (F2)||Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4||ROC
|Matra MS7 (F2)||ESP
|1970||Equipe Matra Elf||Matra-Simca MS120||Matra MS12 3.0 V12||ROC
|1971||Equipe Matra Sports||Matra-Simca MS120B||Matra MS71 3.0 V12||ARG||ROC||QUE||SPR||INT
|1972||Marlboro BRM||BRM P160B||BRM P142 3.0 V12||ROC
|1973||Marlboro BRM||BRM P160D||BRM P142 3.0 V12||ROC
|1974||Team Motul BRM||BRM P160E||BRM P142 3.0 V12||PRE
- ^ "Drivers: Jean-Pierre Beltoise". grandprix.com. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
- ^ a b Jean Pierre Beltoise career statistics at MotoGP.com
- ^ a b c d Small, Steve (1994). The Complete Guinness Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 54. ISBN 0851127029.
- ^ a b c Small, Steve (1994). The Complete Guinness Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 55. ISBN 0851127029.
- ^ "Jean-Pierre Beltoise, ex-F1 driver and 1972 Monaco GP winner, dies". Autosport.com. Haymarket. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- ^ "All Results of Jean-Pierre Beltoise". RacingSportCars. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
- ^ a b c "Jean-Pierre Beltoise – Biography". MotorSportMagazine. Retrieved January 20, 2019.