As the 1961 season drew to a close, Ferrari's Wolfgang von Trips was leading team mate Phil Hill and only needed a podium to claim the crown. In the end, death betrayed the German – with von Trips dead in the circuit’s medical unit and Sir Stirling Moss eleven points adrift; Hill became the first American World Champion with one race to spare.
------ This post was originally published on Too Much Racing in August of last year, as part of the VivaF1 blogger swap shop. The Grand Débutante reappears here today, as it marks the 50th anniversary of Giancarlo Baghetti's great achievement. ------ In terms of startling Grand Prix débuts, few will ever rank as highly as … Continue reading “Giancarlo Baghetti: The Grand Débutante”
When Karl Jochen Rindt's Lotus 72 ploughed head-on into the guardrail at Monza's fast, sweeping Parabolica, motor racing was robbed of one of its most outstanding talents. At 28, the exuberant Austrian was to become Formula 1's first - and thankfully only - posthumous world Champion.
One of the current themes of not just Formula 1, but motor racing in general, is one of cost-cutting and material conservation. Mention those two elements in the same sentence as F1 fifteen years ago and you would have been laughed out of every room, but times have changed. In a greater push to bring … Continue reading The Banks of Monza