One of motor-racing's great what might have been stories. The Frenchman was Jackie Stewart's team-mate and protege at Tyrrell, and was ready to take over the mantle of team leader as the 1973 season came to an end.
But the world will never know what Cevert would have achieved in 1974 after he was killed in a violent pratice accident at Watkins Glen.
Cevert, who was Stewart's choice as team-mate, never saw the end of a year in which he had finally come of age. In 1972, results had been few and far between, with only a couple of second places, but in 1973 he was second six times as he supported the Scot well.
He already had a first win under his belt, in the 1971 US Grand Prix, and he would surely have added to that tally had he lived.
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|Born||25 Feb 1944|
|Died||6 Oct 1973|
|Active years||1970 - 1973|