It’s a doubly sad day today, with news that former F1 driver Jacques Swaters has died at the age of 84.

Belgian-born Swaters started his motorsport career at the 1948 Spa 24 Hours race, co-Jacques Swaters, 1952driving an MG with his compatriot Paul Frère.

His Formula 1 debut came at the 1951 German Grand Prix, where he was the stand-in driver for the injured André Pilette in an Ecurie Belgique – the very team that Swaters had helped co-found. Swaters contested a total of seven Grands Prix, achieving a best result of seventh place at the 1953 German Grand Prix.

His best results were achieved in the field of sports car racing, where he took fourth at the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours, driving a C-type Jaguar, and finished third there a year later.

Swaters went on to found the Ecurie Francorchamps team, and ran a Ferrari dealership after having long held a close friendship with Enzo Ferrari.

[Original image via Jacques Swaters’ official site]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.