Speak to anyone who raced against Jochen Rindt, be it in F1 or in F2, and they are without fail in awe of the Austrian's ability. It took him a while to get behind the wheel of a racewinning car in F1 after spending three years with Cooper from 1965-1967 and then a season with unreliable Brabham in 1968, but when he did he made the most of it.
His move to Lotus, where he linked up with the great innovator Colin Chapman, gave him that chance. His way of thinking dovetailed well with that of Chapman despite occasional disagreements, and in 1970 Rindt and the Lotus 72 were formidable.
He won five out of six mid-season races (his Monaco win coming behind the wheel of the Lotus 49C) and won the title in tragic circumstances after being killed in practice at Monza.
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|Born||18 Apr 1942|
|Died||5 Sep 1970|
|Active years||1964 - 1970|