1966

Formula One Legends: World Championship 1966

1966 represent a revolutionary year: no, we are not talking about universities movements and hippy vs yuppies, but about the introduction of the 3 liters engines as maximum engine size in the World Championship of Formula One.

This drastic change saw the Lotus strangely unprepared, while Ferrari and Brabham were quick to adapt.

Lotus and BRM even didn’t try immediately with the 3.0 and both preferred to rely on 2 litre engines for almost the whole season.

Ferrari struggled though with his driver, John Surtees who after a dispute in LeMans left the Italian team to join Cooper, leaving the ‘’Cavallino Rampante’’ only with Ludovico Scarfiotti, not the fastest but able anyway to take a victory in the Italian GP.

Other driver followed the example of Brabham, driving their own cars, but without initial great results: Bruce McLaren and Dan Gurney.

If anyone wanted to copy Brabham there will be a reason and this was explicited when Brabham put a strike of four consecutive victories which allowed him to take the lead of the championship till the end, although the last attacks of John Surtees.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Monaco 22/05/1966 Jackie Stewart BRM 100 2:33’10.5
Belgium 12/06/1966 John Surtees Ferrari 28 2:09’11.3
France 03/07/1966 Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 48 1:48’31.3
Great Britain 16/07/1966 Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 80 2:13’13.4
Netherlands 24/07/1966 Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 90 2:20’32.5
Germany 07/08/1966 Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco 15 2:27’03.0
Italy 04/09/1966 Ludovico Scarfiotti Ferrari 68 1:47’14.8
United States 02/10/1966 Jim Clark Lotus-BRM 108 2:09’40.11
Mexico 23/10/1966 John Surtees Cooper-Maserati 65 2:06’35.34

Final Championship Standing – Drivers

1              Jack Brabham    42 (45)
2              John Surtees      28
3              Jochen Rindt      22 (24)
4              Denny Hulme           18
5              Graham Hill               17
6              Jim Clark                     16
7              Jackie Stewart          14
8              Mike Parkes               12
9              Lorenzo Bandini      12
10           Ludovico Scarfiotti   9

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