Former F1 driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise dies at 77

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PARIS (AP) – Jean-Pierre Beltoise, a former Monaco Grand Prix winner, has died after a double stroke. He was 77.

The French automobile federation said Monday that Beltoise, who won the prestigious Formula One race in 1972, died at his vacation home in Dakar, Senegal.

Beltoise started his racing career in motorcycling. He turned to car racing and, in 1967, reached F1 despite breaking his left arm badly in a crash.

His best F1 season was in 1969, when he finished fifth driving a Matra.

Beltoise retired from F1 in 1974, but continued his career in sports car racing and the French touring cars series.

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