A cool Frenchman

17. Mar 2020 
by Ziv Knoll

Ken Tyrrell had given the promising Patrick Depailler drives at Charade and Watkins Glen in 1972. Using one of the older cars, Depailler did a good job finishing in seventh place in the latter race.

So, in January 1974, Depailler (with the support of French petrol company ELF) was chosen to drive for Tyrrell (with South-African Scheckter) and to replace the deceased François Cevert and the retired Jackie Stewart.

The Tyrrell 006 was used for the early races of the 1974 Formula One season. Patrick Depailler, pictured here above casually reading sports magazine L’Équipe before qualifying, used it in Spain, Monaco and France, then switched for good to the new 007 model (picture below).

Patrick Depailler(FRA) Tyrrell 007, 2nd place
Swedish GP, Anderstorp, 9 June 1974
Source: DR

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