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Jochen Rindt
Karl-Jochen-Rindt
Born 28 April 1942
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Died 5 September 1970 (aged 28)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Nationality Austria Austrian
Formula One World Championship career
Years Active 1964-1970
Team(s) Rob Walker, Cooper, Brabham, Lotus
First Grand Prix 1964 Austrian Grand Prix
Entries 62 (60 starts)
Wins 6
Pole Positions 10
Fastest Laps 3
Podiums 13
Career Points 107 (109)
Drivers' Championships 1 (1970
Final Grand Prix 1970 Italian Grand Prix

'Karl Jochen Rindt (born 18 April 1942; died 5 September 1970) was a German-born racing driver who represented Austria during his career. He became the only driver to posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship (in 1970), after being killed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Overall, he competed in 62 Grands Prix, winning six and achieving 13 podium finishes. Rindt was also 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.

BiographyEdit

Pre-Formula OneEdit

Jochen Rindt was born in Mainz, Germany, but after his parents were killed in a bombing raid in Hamburg during the Second World War, he was raised by his grandparents in Graz, Austria, where he grew up and started motor racing. Although Rindt never became an Austrian citizen, he did drive his entire career under an Austrian racing licence.

Formula OneEdit

1964Edit

Despite being very successful in Formula 2, Rindt kept on choosing the wrong F1 cars. Rindt made his Formula One debut for the Rob Walker Racing Team in the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix. It was to be his only Grand Prix of the year.

1965Edit

1966Edit

1967Edit

1968Edit

In 1968, Rindt raced for Brabham, but his season wasn't what he had hoped for because of technical problems. He also raced in the Indianapolis 500 in both 1967 and 1968, but finished no better than 24th.

1969Edit

Rindt was noted for being an exceptionally fast driver with superb car control and reflexes, but rarely had a car equal to his talent until 1969 when he moved to Lotus and his career took off. Rindt clinched the first Grand Prix victory of his career in the 1969 Grand Prix of the USA in Watkins Glen. Rindt finished that year with 22 points, giving him fourth place in the Formula 1 World Championship. Rindt occasionally had a fraught relationship with Colin Chapman as he preferred a stable technological footing as opposed to Chapman's need to innovate and invent, but the two forged a successful partnership.

1970Edit

During practice for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, near Milan, Chapman and Rindt agreed to follow the lead of Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell) and Denny Hulme (McLaren) and run without wings in an attempt to reduce drag and gain a higher top speed. The more powerful Flat-12 Ferraris of Jacky Ickx and Clay Regazzoni had been up to 10 mph (16 km/h) faster than the Lotus at the previous race in Austria. Rindt's team mate John Miles was unhappy with the wingless setup in Friday practice, reporting that the car "wouldn't run straight". Rindt reported no such problems, and Chapman recalled that Rindt reported the car to be "almost 800 rpm faster on the straight" without wings.

On the following day, Rindt ran with higher gear ratios fitted to his car to take advantage of the reduced drag, increasing the car's potential top speed to 205 mph (330 km/h). On Rindt's fifth lap of the final practice session, Hulme, who was following, reported that under braking for the Parabolica corner: "Jochen's car weaved slightly and then swerved sharp left into the crash barrier." A joint in the crash barrier parted, the suspension dug in under the barrier, and the car hit a stanchion head on. The front end of the car was destroyed. Although the 28 year old Rindt was rushed to hospital, he was pronounced dead. Rindt had only recently acquiesced to not wearing the crotch straps, as he wanted to be able to get out of the car fast in case of fire. He was the second Lotus team leader to be killed in two years, as Jim Clark had been killed in 1968 in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim. An Italian court later found that the accident was initiated by a failure of the car's right front brakeshaft, but that Rindt's death was caused by poorly installed crash barriers.

At the time he died Rindt had won five of that year's ten Grands Prix, which meant that he had a strong lead in the World Championship. At that stage he theoretically could have been overtaken by Ferrari driver Jacky Ickx. However Rindt's Lotus team mate, Emerson Fittipaldi, won the penultimate Grand Prix of the year at Watkins Glen, USA, depriving Ickx of the points he needed to win the title, and so Rindt became motor racing's only posthumous World Champion. The trophy was presented to his Finnish widow Nina Rindt nee Lincoln, daughter of famous Finnish racer, Curt Lincoln. It was later learned that Jochen had already promised Nina he would retire from F1 if he won the world championship.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points2
1964 Rob Walker Racing Team Brabham BT11 BRM V8 MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT
Ret
ITA USA MEX NC 0
1965 Cooper Car Company Cooper T73 Climax V8 RSA
Ret
13th 4
Cooper T77 Climax V8 MON
DNQ
BEL
11
FRA
Ret
GBR
14
NED
Ret
GER
4
ITA
8
USA
6
MEX
Ret
1966 Cooper Car Company Cooper T81 Maserati V12 MON
Ret
BEL
2
FRA
4
GBR
5
NED
Ret
GER
3
ITA
4
USA
2
MEX
Ret
3rd 22 (24)
1967 Cooper Car Company Cooper T81 Maserati V12 RSA
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
13th 6
Cooper T81B Maserati V12 NED
Ret
BEL
4
FRA
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
Cooper T86 Maserati V12 GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
ITA
4
1968 Brabham Racing Organisation Brabham BT24 Repco V8 RSA
3
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
12th 8
Brabham BT26 Repco V8 BEL
Ret
NED
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
3
ITA
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
Ret
1969 Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 49B Ford V8 RSA
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON NED
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
4
GER
Ret
ITA
2
CAN
3
USA
1
MEX
Ret
4th 22
1970 Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus 49C Ford V8 RSA
13
MON
1
BEL
Ret
1st 45
Lotus 72 Ford V8 ESP
Ret
Lotus 72C Ford V8 NED
1
FRA
1
GBR
1
GER
1
AUT
Ret
ITA
DNS
CAN USA MEX


ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jochen_Rindt
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/jochen-rindt.aspx
  3. http://www.grandprixhistory.org/rindt_bio.htm
  4. http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/drv-rinjoc.html

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