team had done an incredible job.”
Understandably there were teething
problems: front stub axles broke at Monza
(001 was withdrawn as a precaution) and at
Ste. Jovite. Then an oil leak at Watkins Glen
and Stewart hitting a stray dog in Mexico!
But the speed was clearly there: 001
started its first three GPs from the front
row and Stewart was leading in Canada
and the U.S. at the time of his retirements.
designated link to its post-Stewart future.
(Not that Cevert knew that for sure.)
Stewart had decided by April 1973 that
this was to be his last season. Only Tyrrell
and two other confidants were informed;
neither his wife, Helen, nor Cevert were
among them. A stomach ulcer had
hampered Stewart’s – and Cevert’s and
Tyrrell’s – progress in 1972. So, too, had a
sequence of monocoque-crunching
crashes. This small outfit needed to
consolidate before it could attack again.
Easy victories in the final two GPs of the
season for Stewart in Gardner’s second-gen
005, bode well. The new car was stumpy,
twitchy, quirky and fast. Side radiators,
canard fins, torsion bars and inboard front
brakes – motifs of the rival Lotus 72 – were
considered; some were tried; all rejected.
“The Lotus was probably quicker,” says
Stewart. “But Tyrrell was all about sound
engineering and practical application. Ken
insisted his cars possessed robustness,
preferring to put the emphasis on me
doing a bit more with a strong, reliable
machine. I was happy with that.
“003 fitted me like a favorite suit.
I knew exactly what it was going to do,
all the time. Whereas 006 [now a type
number, rather than a specific chassis]
With Jackie Stewart as his
mentor, 46 grand prix starts –
including a win in the 1971 U.S.
GP – and a dozen other podiums,
had groomed Francois Cevert to
take over from Tyrrell’s “king” in
1974. Tragically, the charismatic
French driver was killed during
qualifying for the ’ 73 U.S. GP.
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1973 German Grand
Prix win was his third
on the fearsome
Nordschleife, a track
he loathed. He led
home Francois Cevert
in a Tyrrell 006 1-2.
Stewart passes on
some more wisdom to
Cevert, Sweden 1973.
“Ken preferred to put the
emphasis on me doing a bit
more with a strong, reliable
car. I was happy with that”
In 003 – shorter, narrower and more
reliable – he would prove unstoppable in
1971, winning six GPs and his second world
title. The team won the Constructors’
award, too – plus a seventh GP.
Francois Cevert scored the latter.
Quick and quick to learn, this handsome,
charming Frenchman was Stewart’s “little
brother.” Groomed by a thoroughbred
teammate and loved by his team, Cevert
was the final piece of Tyrrell’s jigsaw, the