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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

F1 1960s: 1961 world championship- Phil Hill

With the new year came new rules,
all teams forced to change to 1.5 litre formula,
Ferrari went in with the 'shark nose',
having decided to sacrifice most of the previous season.

Armed with Hill, Von Trips and Ginther,
Ferrari fired at Monaco only to be left beaten by Moss.
Von Trips's win at Zandvoort put things back in order,
followed with a 1-4 at Spa adding to the gloss.

France was a race to forget for the Italian Marquee,
the race being won by a jubilant Giancarlo Baghetti.
Ferrari were back in their elements with a 1-2-3 at Britain,
Von Trips leading the train despite one of nature's elements: rain

Moss again took top spot at Nurburgring,
once again followed by the now common Ferrari duo.

Going into the penultimate race at Monza,
the title fight was primarily between Hill and Von Trips.

Hill went on to win the title by winning the race,
but it also saw the end of the German ace.
The tangle between Clark and Von Trips lead to ensure,
there were 13 less to join in what would have been celebration.

With championship all but concluded,
Ferrari decided US could be avoided,
Moss and Brabham battled initially for the lead,
while Ireland took the win once they both retired.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

F1 1970s: 1970 world championship- Jochen Rindt


Together from 1969 till 1970
Rindt and Chapman had a relationship fraught
until Rindt was a crash casualty
With many victories the relationship had bought

Pointless in the first 2 races
Rindt was victorious in 5 of the next 6 races
Starting from Monaco till Germany
Save for Belgium, it sounds so many

A retirement later at Austria
Lead to death in practice at Monza
3 deaths it was during this phase
Causing the F1 fraternity to go into mourning again

Just 4 points in the first half of season
Ickx was rejuvenated in latter half of season
But this wasn't sufficient reason
To put an end to Rindt's maiden title season

Adding credence to the then new buzz
Rindt was the first man awarded posthumous
This was Lotus-Ford's second title in 2 years
But perhaps it wasn't sufficient reason to celebrate with beers

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F1 1970s: part 4- Drivers, Constructors, etc...

Here, I have tried to keep it similar to the 1960s version. I have provided statistics for various important aspects such as the constructors that took part during the decade, the changes in the points system that occurred, the fatalities the F1 world witnessed (not always in F1 though) and my dream line up (arguably).

If one thought that the 31 during previous decade was more, it increased by 50% with as many as 45 constructors during the succeeding decade as F1 gained more popularity among masses and constructors alike. Lotus and Ferrari continued their strong form from previous decade with Brabham and BRM moving downwards. Previous decade newbie McLaren began to show their class with 2 drivers and one constructor’s championships, the same as decade new entrant Tyrrell. Williams and Renault are two of the names which came in and have been prominent names (also as Engine suppliers) in the decades succeeding the 1970s.

Points System:
As was evident in the last few years of the 60s, the points allotted for each position in the race continued to remain the same, only with the results counted towards the championship changing. 
                                                                         * - All races counted towards Constructor's championship


The number if F1 fatalities did reduce over this decade due to heightened safety concerns which lead to increased safety for drivers.
9 drivers died during grand prix events with seven more dying during non- grand prix events. 
Mike Hailwood gained a lot of respect when he pulled Clay Regazzoni from a burning car during the 1973 South African grand prix. Similarly Niki Lauda was saved from more serious injury thanks to the efforts of some fellow drivers.
* Jochen Rindt became the first post humous champion (championship awarded after death) after he died while leading the championship during the Italian GP race weekend.
* Former champion Graham Hill died in a plane crash in 1975

The below table represents my dream teams, for arguably, the most well known constructors of the decade. Some drivers do fit in several teams based on the teams they drove for successfully, but I have tried to achieve a compromise, hence ensuring all good drivers get a look in.