Francois Cevert: a lost champion

Francois Cevert: a lost champion

Jackie Stewart believes Tyrrell team-mate Francois Cevert was on course to become a world champion before tragedy struck. Mark Hughes looks back

It was almost as if Formula 1 itself - rather than just Ken Tyrrell and Jackie Stewart - had groomed Francois Cevert to be Stewart's successor as the sport's standard-bearer. Glamorously good-looking, articulate, intelligent, cultured, charismatic and open - and by 1973 pretty much as fast and composed in the car as Stewart - he would have made a fabulous poster boy for the sport in the years ahead.

The relationship between Stewart and Cevert certainly had an element of master and pupil, sorcerer and apprentice, but was actually much more than that. It was an incredibly rare and warm relationship for two men competing in the same arena. As Stewart said at the time: "He's more than a friend; he's part of the family."

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