1970: JOCHEN RINDT

Model produced by: Paul’s Model Art (Minichamps)

Year: 1970
Driver: Jochen Rindt (Austria)
Team: Lotus Ford
Car: Lotus 72
Results: 5 wins, 5 podiums, 3 poles, 1 fastest lap

1970 was the year of transition in Grand Prix racing; the season that pitched the old guard against a feisty new breed of racers intent on pushing Formula One forward into the new decade.

Nothing symbolised this battle more than the cars used by top contenders: Jackie Ickx’s Ferrari 312B relied on brute force to compensate for its outdated styling, whereas Jochen Rindt’s Lotus 72 showed that radical aerodynamics represented a brave way forward. The new Lotus 72 was a very innovative car featuring torsion bar suspension, hip-mounted radiators and an overhanging rear wing. When different drivers won the first four races the world knew that the Championship was wide open. But after solving initial suspension problems, the new Lotus team leader (after Clark’s death) Jochen Rindt dominated the championship until he got killed at Monza, four races before the end of the season. Jacky Ickx had a chance of becoming a champion, but brazilian rising star Emerson Fittipaldi took his first win in a Lotus at the US Grand Prix, preventing  Ickx of becoming a champion.  Jochen Rindt became the only driver to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. Isn’t it ironic – he promised his girlfriend he will quit racing if he wins the championship? Team Lotus took the constructor’s title, Goodyear introduced slick tyres in 1970 and triple World Champion Jack Brabham retired at the end of the year.

See the clip about Rindt’s crash

And another clip of Jochen Rindt forcing Jack Brabham into mistake and winning the famous Monaco GP

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