Jean-Pierre Maurice Georges Beltoise (BEL-twass; born 26 April 1937 in Paris, Île-de-France, France – died 5 January 2015 in Dakar, Dakar Region, Senegal) was a French motorcycle and racing driver who most notably won the 1972 Monaco Grand Prix. His win was the last for the BRM team. He also won the non-championship World Championship Victory Race in 1972.
Starting out in motorcycles, scoring one podium, before switching to cars. After a race as an F2 entrant in his Matra at the 1966 German Grand Prix, Beltoise made his full début in 1967, and started a full program of races in 1968, finishing second at the Dutch Grand Prix. In 1969, in a year in which Matra and teammate Jackie Stewart won the titles, Beltoise took three podiums on his way to fifth in the championship.
Stewart's departure saw a less successful 1970, but Beltoise still managed a brace of podiums. Following a difficult 1971, which included being banned from racing over two separate periods (due to his involvement in the accident that killed Ignazio Giunti in the 1000 km Buenos Aires), Beltoise left Matra for BRM.
Beltoise's first season at BRM saw him claim his only career Grand Prix win, and BRM's only win of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix. This was also Beltoise's only point scoring drive of the season. The next two seasons saw seven point scores and one podium, and Beltoise retired at the age of 37 at the end of 1974. He later tested for Ligier, then turning to touring cars and rallycross.
He died aged 77 at his holiday home in Dakar, following two strokes.
Formula One Career[edit | edit source]
Formula One Statistical Overview[edit | edit source]
Formula One Record[edit | edit source]
|Year||Entrant||Team||WDC Points||WDC Pos.||Report|
|1966||Matra Sports||Matra-Ford Cosworth*||0||NC|
|1967||Matra Sports||Matra-Ford Cosworth||0||NC||Report|
|1968|| Matra Sports
|1969||Matra International||Matra-Ford Cosworth||21||5th||Report|
|1970||Equipe Matra Elf||Matra||16||9th||Report|
|1971||Equipe Matra Sports||Matra||1||22nd||Report|
|1974||Team Motul BRM||BRM||10||13th||Report|
|1976||Ligier Gitanes||Ligier-Matra||Test driver|
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|Front Row Starts||2|
|Distance Raced||19852 km (12335 mi)|
|Distance Led||378 km (235 mi)|
Race Wins[edit | edit source]
|Win Number||Grand Prix|
|1||1972 Monaco Grand Prix|
|1||1972 World Championship Victory Race|
Career Results[edit | edit source]
|Complete Formula One results|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)||DNS||Did not start|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||[+] More Symbols|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- While classified 12th on circuit, Beltoise finished behind six F2 drivers and received one point for sixth.
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