Legends Of The Sport
Formula 1 Print 1966 - Jochen Rindt in his Cooper-Maserati T81 at the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps
Jochen Rindt (AUT) in his Cooper-Maserati T81 at the 1966 Belgium Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, June 12. There was a large number of accidents which left only seven cars to battle for the lead. Rindt got ahead and stayed there with John Surtees (GBR) and Lorenzo Bandini (ITA) in their Ferraris chasing. As the track began to dry Rindt found his Cooper-Maserati to be a bit of a handful and slowed down, meaning that on lap 24 Surtees went back into the lead. Bandini finished third a lap down, with Jack Brabham (AUS) in a Brabham-Repco fourth and Richie Ginther (USA) fifth in a Cooper-Maserati.
The 1966 Formula One season was the 17th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1966 World Championship of Drivers and the 1966 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers which were contested concurrently over a nine-race series that commenced on 22 May and ended on 23 October. The season also included a number of non-championship races for Formula One cars.
Karl Jochen Rindt (18 April 1942 – 5 September 1970) was a German-born racing driver who represented Austria during his career. He is the only driver to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship (in 1970), after being killed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix. He competed in 62 Grands Prix, winning six and achieving 13 podium finishes. Away from Formula One, Rindt was highly successful in other single-seater formulae, as well as sports car racing. In 1965 he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, driving a Ferrari 250LM in partnership with Masten Gregory from the United States of America. He was a close friend to Jackie Stewart, and was a neighbour to the Scotsman in Switzerland.