When he speaks of Francois Cevert, inevitably Jackie Stewart becomes emotional, for this was not only his team-mate, but also the closest friend he ever had in motor racing.
The final race of the 1973 season, at Watkins Glen, was to be Stewart's 100th grand prix, and he had decided months earlier that it would be his last. As it was, he never went to the grid, the perfect symmetry of his career ravaged by a practice accident in which Cevert died.
They had driven together since mid-1970, when Francois replaced Johnny Servoz-Gavin in the Tyrrell team. Cevert's debut, at Zandvoort, came in one of the March 701s Tyrrell was then running.