Francois was an absolute gentleman, and was loved by everyone he came into contact with. He had a charisma very few have, and even fewer racing drivers have. Even though we know him best for being behind the wheel of a Tyrrell, he also was a classically-trained pianist.
We were absolutely robbed of a chance to see what Francois Cevert would have done. He was the real deal, and it was only a matter of when, not if he would have been world champion.
This quote sums of his ability better than anything.
“The car in which Jackie won his last championship, in ‘73, was 005, and he and Francois finished 1-2 on several occasions, including at the Nurburgring – the old Nürburgring. Now you’ve heard how much Jackie helped François – he couldn’t have done more for him, OK? Well, at that race at the ‘Ring, they went round together, start to finish, first and second – and afterwards Jackie said to me, ‘François could have passed me any time he liked…’” -Ken Tyrrell