Jumping Frenchmen

24. May 2021 
by Pierre Van Vliet

In 1969, François Cevert participated in his first F1 Grand Prix in this F2 Tecno on the difficult Nürburgring track, a great occasion to jump the famous bumps, four wheels in the air, at Flugplatz or Pflanzgarten.

Sixteenth on the grid, Cevert was second fastest of the F2 cars, behind the Matra of Johnny Servoz-Gavin, but had to retire on the 9th lap of the race.

21 cars started the race, 8 of them where Formula 2 cars. The first F2 car at the finish was the Matra of Henri Pescarolo (picture below), who finished 8th, albeit 8 minutes and 11 seconds behind winner Jacky Ickx (Brabham), …which means nearly one lap of 22 km behind !

1969 German Grand Prix.

Source: LAT Images

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