Matra

 
Most successful teams to have raced with Matra
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Johnny Servoz-Gavin became the only driver to score a point with Matra’s four-wheel drive car, the MS84, in the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix. |  The Matra 670 won the Le Mans in 1972, 1973 and 1974. |  Matra has seven street car models in its automobile stable.

FACTFILE

Name: Matra
Headquarters: France
No. Of Races: 60
No. Of Wins: 9
No. Of Poles: 4
No. Of Podiums: 21
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  • PROFILE
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PROFILE

MatraMécanique Avion Traction or MATRA was a French company owned by the Floirat family. It had its expanse into fields like automobiles, aviation, bicycles and weaponry. In the sixties it came to be known as Matra after it started producing racing cars following the buyout of Automobiles René Bonnet.
The MS5 monocoque-based car from the Matra stable did wonders in Formula Two and the Formula Three circuits and won the French and European Championships. In 1967, Jacky Ickx baffled the Formula One fraternity after he clocked the fastest in his MS5 F2 car that was 1600cc, racing alongside the 3000cc cars in Nurburgring, Germany. He later retired from the race due to a technical snag.

In 1968, Matra made a serious entry into Formula One and Jackie Stewart was the front running driver for the Tyrrell-run Matra MS10. The unique feature of the car was that it had an aerodynamically designed fuel tank that made the chassis 15kg lighter effectively. However, it was not allowed by the FIA in 1970 on safety grounds. Despite of this fact, an undeterred Stewart won three races with the Matra engine and the team finished third in the Constructors’ Championship.

The few problems that the MS10 had were resolved by a better running Cosworth-powered MS80 in 1969. As a result, Stewart had no hindrances in clinching the drivers’ title as well as earning the first ever constructor’s title for Matra. For the 1970 season, Matra partnered with an American company Simca and raced the V12 engines through the 1972 season without achieving much success. It had parted ways with Tyrrell but Stewart had decided to stay back. Matra ultimately paid the price. Later, its V12 engines were run by Ligier in 1981-82.

With a brief stint in F1 and as an engine-provider to a range of teams in other events, Matra achieved enough to boast about its presence in Formula One. The likes of Sir Jackie Stewart, racing the team’s car to victory on numerous occasions is yet another reason for Matra to feel that extra bit of pride.

-Anup Pareek

  • YEARS
  • DRIVERS
  • ENGINES
  • GPs
  • CIRCUITS
STATISTICS
YEARS
Year Driver GPs Wins Poles Podiums FLs Points
1967 Jean Pierre Beltoise, Johnny Servoz-Gavin 3 0 0 0 0 0
1968 Henri Pescarolo, Jackie Stewart, Jean Pierre Beltoise, Johnny Servoz-Gavin 12 3 0 6 4 53
1969 Jackie Stewart, Jean Pierre Beltoise, Johnny Servoz-Gavin 11 6 2 10 6 66
1970 Henri Pescarolo, Jean Pierre Beltoise 13 0 0 3 0 23
1971 Chris Amon, Jean Pierre Beltoise 10 0 1 1 0 9
1972 Chris Amon 11 0 1 1 2 12
Total   60 9 4 21 12 163

Matra - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAMS RACED AGAINST)

According to stats...

  • Johnny Servoz-Gavin became the only driver to score a point with Matra’s four-wheel drive car, the MS84, in the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix.
  • The Matra 670 won the Le Mans in 1972, 1973 and 1974.
  • Matra has seven street car models in its automobile stable.



OTHER TEAMS

Most successful teams to have raced with Matra
Ferrari
Ferrari (227)
McLaren
McLaren (182)
Lotus
Lotus (81)
Brabham
Brabham (35)
Tyrrell
Tyrrell (23)
BRM
BRM (17)



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