Jacques Swaters

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Jacques Swaters
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1951 Formula One season, 1953 Formula One season - 1954 Formula One season
TeamsEcurie Belgique (Talbot-Lago), Ecurie Francorchamps (Ferrari)
Races8 (7 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Career points0
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1951 German Grand Prix
Last race1954 Spanish Grand Prix

Jacques Swaters (born October 30, 1926) is a former Racing driver from Belgium and former team owner of Ecurie Francorchamps and Ecurie Nationale Belge.

Swaters made his debut in the 24 Hours of Spa in an MG (car) co-driven by his friend and racer-turned-journalist Paul Frère, entered under the Ecurie Francorchamps banner. In 1950 Swaters, Frère and André Pilette established Écurie Belgique, a banner in which they prepared cars for themselves and other Belgian races, both in Grand Prix and sports car racing. Swaters himself raced a yellow Talbot-Lago in several events, including two World Championship rounds, the 1951 1951 German Grand Prix and 1951 Italian Grand Prix Grands Prix.

However, in 1952, Swaters and another Belgian, Charles de Tornaco, restarted Ecurie Francorchamps, a racing stable mainly associated with Ferrari. Swaters drove the team Ferrari 500 in a small number of events, but did manage to take a victory at the 1953 Avusrennen, a Formula 2 race. As a driver, Swaters later concentrated in sports car racing at the hand of a Jaguar C-Type and Jaguar D-Type.

After retiring from racing in 1957, Swaters became manager of the Ecurie Nationale Belge, which had been formed in 1955 as a merger of his Francorchamps, Frère's Ecurie Belgique and Johnny Claes' Ecurie Belge. The ENB entered several Cooper Car Company-Coventry Climax cars in Formula 2 racing for both experienced and upcoming Belgian drivers, and helped launch the career of Olivier Gendebien, Lucien Bianchi and Mauro Bianchi. The team moved into F1 in 1960 and later reworked the Emeryson into the ENB chassis.

However, by 1964 Swaters was no longer interested in ENB and had turned his attention to sports car racing completely. Swaters' Ecurie Francorchamps, which had remained independent from the ENB effort during the 1950s and 1960s, was always a top contender, with occasional class wins (including the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans) and frequent class podiums. An overall victory at the 1965 1000km Spa was Swaters' crowning achievement as a manager.

The Ecurie Francorchamps stopped operating in 1982, but Swaters retained his Garage Francorchamps, a Ferrari dealership.

Complete World Championship Grand Prix results

(F1 driver results legend 2)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 WDC Points
1951 Formula One season Ecurie Belgique Talbot-Lago Talbot-Lago T26C Talbot Straight-6 1951 Swiss Grand Prix
1951 Indianapolis 500
1951 Belgian Grand Prix
1951 French Grand Prix
1951 British Grand Prix
1951 German Grand Prix
1951 Italian Grand Prix
1951 Spanish Grand Prix
NC 0
1953 Formula One season Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500 Ferrari Straight-4 1953 Argentine Grand Prix
1953 Indianapolis 500
1953 Dutch Grand Prix
1953 Belgian Grand Prix
1953 French Grand Prix
1953 British Grand Prix
1953 German Grand Prix
1953 Swiss Grand Prix
1953 Italian Grand Prix
NC 0
1954 Formula One season Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 500/625 Ferrari Straight-4 1954 Argentine Grand Prix
1954 Indianapolis 500
1954 Belgian Grand Prix
1954 French Grand Prix
1954 British Grand Prix
1954 German Grand Prix
1954 Swiss Grand Prix
1954 Italian Grand Prix
1954 Spanish Grand Prix
NC 0
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