Model produced by: SMTS
Driver: Jack Brabham (Australia)
Team: Brabham Repco
Car: Brabham BT19
Results: 4 wins, 5 podiums, 3 poles, 1 fastest lap
The season was the first of the ‘3 litre formula’, which saw maximum engine capacity doubled from the previous season. British constructors were forced to look elsewhere after Climax’s withdrawal from racing. Ferrari appeared to be as well prepared as in 1961, but John Surtees left the team after a dispute at Le Mans, joining Cooper. Jack Brabham took his third championship, this time in a car of his own manufacture. Bruce McLaren and Dan Gurney emulated Brabham by building their own cars, though with little initial success. BRM and Lotus used 2 litre engines for much of the season. BRM’s new H16 engine was largely unsuccessful, though Jim Clark used one in his Lotus to win the US Grand Prix. Under new regulations, cars completing less than 90% of the race distance were not classified and did not receive points, even if they finished in the top six.
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