“Jacky Ickx is unreachable when it is necessary”, Mario Andretti.
This statement is perfect to define Jacques Bernard, called Jacky, a great pilot who has not consecrated all his life to this activity.
An excellent roll of honour: two times World Champion Sports Prototype, called “Monsieur Le Mans” for the six victories achieved, one Dakar, eight victories in the GP. Grazed, but never won the F1 World Championship. The F1 debut took him to the Italian GP in 1967 with a Cooper-Maserati.
In 1968, Ferrari, on the suggestion of Franco Lini, chose the very young Belgian for his team. The decision was good and on 7 July 1968 Ickx won his first GP in France. Skilled driver on dry, though for many is considered a “wet” man. In 1969, a new experience with Brabham, to restart the collaboration with Ferrari from 1970 to 1973. He was a pilot for McLaren, Williams, Iso Rivolta, Ensign, Lotus and Ligier. A child face with a decisive, clear and honest character.
A resounding episode was at Le Mans: to express his disapproval for the starting system, he slowly started to the car, tied the seat belt, left last and won!