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Francois Mazet

Born:
24th February 1943 (Age 77)
Paris, Ile-de-France
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

This Parisian beat Jean-Claude Andruet to the prestigious Volant Shell competition in November 1967 to win a Formula 3 Alpine for the following season. He won the 1969 French F3 Championship with a Volant Shell Tecno but two subsequent seasons at a higher level proved less satisfactory.

Formula 2 and a Grand Prix one-off

François Mazet disappointed with a semi-works Brabham BT30-Ford in F2 during 1970. The exploits of team-mate Tim Schenken showed that the Sports Motors-run team was competitive enough but Mazet finished no higher than 11th at Rouen-les-Essarts.

Disenchanted, he joined Jo Siffert Racing in 1971 to drive a Chevron B18-Cosworth when the team owner was otherwise committed. Again out of luck in European F2 Championship events, he finished fourth at Pau. Mazet also entered the 1971 French Grand Prix with Siffert’s March 701-Ford. Slowest in qualifying, the Frenchman finished five laps adrift in 13th position.

Future racing career and subsequent life

Siffert was killed at Brands Hatch later that year and Shell withdrew its backing in France. Mazet crashed during the 1972 Tour de France Automobile at the end of his short racing career.

Instead, he established a leading insurance broker in Paris before returning to F1 in 1980 and 1981 as a consultant to Lotus sponsor Essex Petroleum. He was 22 years old when he bought La Citronnerarie – a 19th century lemon farm and gardens in Menton in the south of France. He still runs the estate today, supplying some of France’s most renowned restaurants.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1971 F1 World Championship
Jo Siffert Automobiles
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1971 European F2 Trophy
Siffert Racing Team
3 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1971 European Touring Car Championship 17th 10
1970 European F2 Trophy
Team Brabham
4 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1969 French F3 Championship 1st -