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Jean Marie Behra (born 6 February 1921 in Nice, Alps-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France – died 1 August 1959 at the AVUS, in West Berlin, West Germany) was a French racing driver who competed in Formula One the 1950s.

Originally racing motorcycles, Behra switched full-time to four wheels in 1952, and won two non-championship races that year, alongside a podium at his first race, the Swiss Grand Prix. After three years racing with Gordini, in 1955 he moved to Maserati, continuing to win non-championship races, but despite five podiums in 1956, a full World Championship win eluded him.

In 1958 he raced for the BRM team, scoring a pair of points finishes alongside a host of retirements, while racing for Porsche in sports car races. In 1959 he made the move to Ferrari, partnering Brit Tony Brooks. This however, was only to last a few months as disagreements within the team saw Behra punch two Ferrari personnel, including team manager Romolo Tavoni, and he was fired from the team.

Behra, in association with Porsche, was to use his Behra-Porsche car at the next race, the 1959 German Grand Prix. However, in a sports car race that preceded the Grand Prix race, Behra suffered a horrendous accident as he spun off on the banking and hit a flag pole, suffering fatal skull fractures. The funeral was held six days later in both Berlin and Paris, and he was buried in Nice. Reflecting their ruined relationship, Enzo Ferrari didn't attend the funeral.

At the time of his death, Behra held the record for the most World Championship entries and starts, with 55 entries and 52 starts, one more than Juan Manuel Fangio for both. Harry Schell broke both of these records within a year.

Formula One Career[]

Pre-Formula One[]

First races[]

1952[]

1953[]

1954[]

1955[]

1956[]

1957[]

1958[]

1959[]

Death[]

Formula One Statistical Overview[]

Formula One Record[]

Note: Italics denotes an entrant or constructor competed for in non-World Championship entries only.

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1949 SFACS Ecurie France Talbot-Lago-Talbot No World Championship
1950 Did not compete
1951 Equipe Gordini Gordini Non-World Championship races only
1952 Equipe Gordini Simca-Gordini-Gordini
Gordini
6 11th Report
1953 Equipe Gordini Gordini 0 NC Report
1954 Equipe Gordini Gordini 17 26th Report
1955 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 6 9th Report
1956 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 22 4th Report
1957 Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati 6 11th Report
Owen Racing Organisation BRM
1958 Ken Kavanagh Maserati 9 11th Report
Owen Racing Organisation BRM
1959 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 2 17th Report
Jean Behra Behra-Porsche-Porsche

Career Statistics[]

Entries 55
Starts 52
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 10
Race Wins 0
Podiums 9
Fastest laps 1
Points 51.143
Laps Raced 2256
Distance Raced 14665 km (9112 mi)
Races Led 7
Laps Led 107
Distance Led 439 km (273 mi)

Race Wins[]

Note: All non-championship.

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1952 Circuit du Lac
2 1952 Marne Grand Prix
3 1954 Pau Grand Prix
4 1954 Circuit de Cadours
5 1955 Pau Grand Prix
6 1955 Bordeaux Grand Prix
7 1957 Pau Grand Prix
8 1957 Caen Grand Prix
9 1957 BRDC International Trophy
10 1957 Modena Grand Prix
11 1957 Moroccan Grand Prix
12 1959 BARC Aintree 200

Career Results[]

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts Pos
1952 Flag of Switzerland.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Italy.svg 6 11th
3rd Ret 7th 5th Ret Ret
1953 Flag of Argentina.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg 0 NC
6th Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret
1954 Flag of Argentina.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg link 17 26th
DSQ Ret 6th Ret 10th Ret Ret Ret
1955 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Spain 1945 1977.svg 6 9th
6th[1] 3rd[2] 5th[3] 6th C Ret C C 4th C
1956 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg 22 4th
2nd 3rd 7th 3rd 3rd 3rd Ret
1957 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Abruzzo bandiera.svg Flag of Italy.svg 6 11th
2nd INJ 6th Ret 6th Ret Ret
1958 Flag of Argentina.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Morocco.svg 9 11th
5th Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th Ret Ret
1959 Flag of Monaco.svg 48-star U S flag.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Italy.svg US flag 49 stars.svg 2 17th
Ret 5th Ret DNS


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1st Winner Ret Retired
2nd Podium finish DSQ Disqualified
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[]

  1. Shared drive with Harry Schell
  2. Shared drive with Cesare Perdisa
  3. Shared drive with Roberto Mieres

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