Jochen Rindt info & statistics

Jochen Rindt wiki info & stats
Name Jochen Rindt
Country Austria Austria
Place of Birth Mainz
Date of Birth Apr 18th 1942
Date of Death Sep 5th 1970 - 28 years old
Season Entries 7
First Race 1964 Austrian Grand Prix
Last Race 1970 Austrian Grand Prix
First Pole 1968 French Grand Prix
Last Pole 1970 Austrian Grand Prix
First Win 1969 USA Grand Prix
Last Win 1970 German Grand Prix
First Podium 1966 Belgian Grand Prix
Last Podium 1970 German Grand Prix

Jochen Rindt F1 Stats

Drivers' Titles 1
Race Entries 62
Race Starts 60
Race Wins 6 (9,7%)
Pole Positions 10 (16,1%)
Fastest Laps 3 (4,8%)
Podiums 13 (21,0%)
Points Finishes 21 (33,9%)
Retirements 40 (64,5%)
Hat-tricks 1
Wins from pole 3
Front Row Starts 15
Total Points 109
Total Laps 2.520



Biography

 

Jochen Rindt Biography


Jochen Rindt smoking a cigarette in Austria (1970)

Jochen Rindt smoking a cigarette in Austria (1970)

Sadly enough is Jochen Rindt the only driver that won a Formula 1 drivers championship after he died.

Born on the 18th of April of 1942 in Mainz, Germany, Karl Jochen Rindt grew up at Austria with his maternal grandparents after his parents were killed in a bombing at Germany during World War II.

Growing up, Rindt was a tough-minded kid who wouldn’t let authority cloud his judgement on any situations. He was ready to face danger in any aspect and loved competition at an early age. His first glimpse into the speedy racing world came when he competed in ski races, which left him with a couple of broken bones. Een with the injuries, he continued and even got to ride motocross bikes with success. Racing was unequivocally in his blood.

Wolfgang von Trips was the driver he wanted to be, and he did more than that. He invested his own money in the racing world to be able to compete in Touring Cars and single-seaters. He started his career in 1961, driving an Abarth Simca 2000 and an Alfa Romeo GT 1300.

After a big number of crashes and dangerous situations, yet many victories in his early days of racing, he purchased an F2 Brabham in 1964 and entered the championship.

Rindt was able to win an F2 race in Crystal Palace, beating Graham Hill in the process. His win became breaking news in Great Britain and Rindt’s sideways style was the talking point.

Jochen Rindt Lotus 48B 1969

Jochen Rindt Lotus 48B at Monaco in 1969

His Formula 1 career started with a participation in the 1963 Austrian Grand Prix, which was a non-championship race. He qualified 12th for the race, but his Cooper T67 had mechanical issues.

In 1964, he made his official World Championship debut in the 1964 Austrian Grand Prix, behind the wheel of a Brabham BT11 for Rob Walker Racing Team. He started from 13th place and had to retire due to a steering-related issue.

Rindt’s first full Formula 1 season became in 1965, driving for Cooper after signing a three-year contract. In a year plagued by unreliability in his car, he scored four points in 1965 with a fourth-place at Germany and a sixth place in the USA. However, he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Ferrari.

In 1966, Cooper switched from Climax engines to Maserati, Rindt found his way in Formula 1 and scored his first podium in the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa with a solid second place. He added a couple of podiums and three other top 5 finishes to end the year in third place in the World Drivers’ Championship.

The following season, his last for Cooper, Rindt did not enjoy any results similar to the ones from 1966. The Austrian driver only finished two of the ten races he entered and scored only six points.

In a 1968 season with Brabham in which he finished in the podium twice —in the inaugural race at South Africa and at Germany— but suffered ten retirements, nine of them coming from mechanical issues with his Brabham cars —the BT24 in the early part of the year and the BT26 later on—.

In both 1967 and 1968, Rindt took part in the Indianapolis 500, but his two participants were highly unsuccessful.

Jochen Rindt 1970 French GP

Jochen Rindt 1970 French GP

A move to Lotus for the 1969 Formula 1 season proved better for Rindt. Although the Lotus 49 was an unreliable car —as Rindt himself said after a harsh crash at Spain, which left him with a broken jaw— it delivered him the first win of his career on the 5th of October of 1969 at Watkins Glen. In his first win, in the US Grand Prix, he finished 46 seconds ahead of Piers Courage and two laps ahead of third-placed John Surtees.

He finished 1969 with three podiums and fourth in the WDC.

For 1970, Rindt started the year with two DNFs due to mechanical trouble in his Lotus car, which was similar to what occurred in the previous World Championship season. However, in the 1970 Monaco Grand Prix, a run of luck put Rindt in second place with less than 20 laps remaining. The race-leader, Jack Brabham, was being caught by the aggressive Austrian racer and ultimately was pushed into a mistake in the final corner of the final lap. Rindt took the victory and was emotional in the post race podium.

An engine-related issue ended his quest for victory in the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix when he started second on the grid. After that setback, Rindt dominated with four straight victories at the Netherlands, France, Great Britain and Germany. Then, again, his engine took a good chance of victory from him, this time at his home Grand Prix.

With four races remaining in the calendar and a 20-point lead over Brabham in the WDC, Rindt looked on pace to take the championship home.

Jochen Rindt Lotus 49B German GP 1969

Jochen Rindt Lotus 49B German GP 1969

On the 5th of September, during practice for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix, the championship-leader and fan-favourite —for his unique way of living, racing and competing—, suffered a crash that took his life at the age of 28. His accident near the Parabolica prompted an investigation and a trial against Lotus’ boss Colin Chapman, but it ended in 1976 after Chapman was cleared.

Jacky Ickx won two of the last four races for Ferrari and added a fourth place, but his point tally was not enough to take the title from Rindt. The German-born driver, who represented Austria, became the first driver —and the only one so far— to win the WDC posthumously.

“At Lotus, I can either be World Champion or die. Maybe I will not live to reach the age of 40. But, until that time, I will have experienced more things in life than anybody else.”

Seasons

 

Jochen Rindt Final Championship Results

1964196519661967196819691970
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Jochen Rindt F1 Seasons Summary

Year Team Engine GP 1st 2nd 3rd Pod Pole Laps FL Avg Pts Points
1970 United Kingdom Team Lotus Ford 9 5 0 0 5 3 440 1 5.00 45
1969 United Kingdom Team Lotus Ford 10 1 1 1 3 5 481 2 2.20 22
1968 United Kingdom Brabham Repco 12 0 0 2 2 2 403 0 0.67 8
1967 United Kingdom Cooper-Maserati Maserati 10 0 0 0 0 0 289 0 0.60 6
1966 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
United Kingdom Cooper-Maserati
Maserati
Maserati
9 0 2 1 3 0 432 0 2.67 24
1965 United Kingdom Cooper-Climax Climax 9 0 0 0 0 0 417 0 0.44 4
1964 United Kingdom Brabham BRM 1 0 0 0 0 0 58 0 0.00 0

Races

 

Jochen Rindt F1 GP Race Classifications

1th6 Times
2th3 Times
3th4 Times
4th6 Times
5th1 Time
6th1 Time
8th1 Time
11th1 Time
13th1 Time
14th1 Time
DNF35 Times
DNQ1 Time
DNS1 Time

 

Jochen Rindt F1 GP Race Results

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
62 1970 1970 Italian Grand Prix 22 Team Lotus Ford 0 DNS Fatal accident 0
61 1970 1970 Austrian Grand Prix 6 Team Lotus Ford 1 DNF Engine 0
60 1970 1970 German Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 2 1 9
59 1970 1970 British Grand Prix 5 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
58 1970 1970 French Grand Prix 6 Team Lotus Ford 6 1 9
57 1970 1970 Dutch Grand Prix 10 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
56 1970 1970 Belgian Grand Prix 20 Team Lotus Ford 2 DNF Engine 0
55 1970 1970 Monaco Grand Prix 3 Team Lotus Ford 8 1 9
54 1970 1970 Spanish Grand Prix 3 Team Lotus Ford 8 DNF Ignition 0
53 1970 1970 South African Grand Prix 9 Team Lotus Ford 4 13 Engine 0
52 1969 1969 Mexican Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 6 DNF Suspension 0
51 1969 1969 USA Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
50 1969 1969 Canadian Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 3 3 4
49 1969 1969 Italian Grand Prix 4 Team Lotus Ford 1 2 6
48 1969 1969 German Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 3 DNF Ignition 0
47 1969 1969 British Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 4 3
46 1969 1969 French Grand Prix 15 Team Lotus Ford 3 DNF Physical 0
45 1969 1969 Dutch Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 DNF Halfshaft 0
44 1969 1969 Spanish Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 DNF Accident 0
43 1969 1969 South African Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 2 DNF Fuel Pump 0
42 1968 1968 Mexican Grand Prix 4 Brabham Repco 10 DNF Ignition 0
41 1968 1968 USA Grand Prix 4 Brabham Repco 6 DNF Engine 0
40 1968 1968 Canadian Grand Prix 6 Brabham Repco 1 DNF Engine 0
39 1968 1968 Italian Grand Prix 11 Brabham Repco 10 DNF Engine 0
38 1968 1968 German Grand Prix 5 Brabham Repco 3 3 4
37 1968 1968 British Grand Prix 4 Brabham Repco 5 DNF Fuel Leak 0
36 1968 1968 French Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 1 DNF Fuel Leak 0
35 1968 1968 Dutch Grand Prix 6 Brabham Repco 2 DNF Ignition 0
34 1968 1968 Belgian Grand Prix 19 Brabham Repco 17 DNF Engine 0
33 1968 1968 Monaco Grand Prix 3 Brabham Repco 5 DNF Accident 0
32 1968 1968 Spanish Grand Prix 4 Brabham Repco 9 DNF Oil Pressure 0
31 1968 1968 South African Grand Prix 3 Brabham Repco 4 3 4
30 1967 1967 USA Grand Prix 4 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 8 DNF Engine 0
29 1967 1967 Italian Grand Prix 30 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 11 4 3
28 1967 1967 Canadian Grand Prix 71 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 8 DNF Ignition 0
27 1967 1967 German Grand Prix 5 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 9 DNF Radiator 0
26 1967 1967 British Grand Prix 11 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 8 DNF Engine 0
25 1967 1967 French Grand Prix 12 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 8 DNF Engine 0
24 1967 1967 Belgian Grand Prix 29 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 4 4 3
23 1967 1967 Dutch Grand Prix 12 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 4 DNF Suspension 0
22 1967 1967 Monaco Grand Prix 10 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 15 DNF Gearbox 0
21 1967 1967 South African Grand Prix 3 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 7 DNF Engine 0
20 1966 1966 Mexican Grand Prix 8 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 5 DNF Suspension 0
19 1966 1966 USA Grand Prix 8 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 9 2 Out of Fuel 6
18 1966 1966 Italian Grand Prix 16 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 8 4 3
17 1966 1966 German Grand Prix 8 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 9 3 4
16 1966 1966 Dutch Grand Prix 26 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 6 DNF Accident 0
15 1966 1966 British Grand Prix 11 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 7 5 2
14 1966 1966 French Grand Prix 6 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 5 4 3
13 1966 1966 Belgian Grand Prix 19 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 2 2 6
12 1966 1966 Monaco Grand Prix 10 Cooper-Climax Maserati 7 DNF Engine 0
11 1965 1965 Mexican Grand Prix 10 Cooper-Climax Climax 16 DNF Ignition 0
10 1965 1965 USA Grand Prix 10 Cooper-Climax Climax 13 6 1
9 1965 1965 Italian Grand Prix 18 Cooper-Climax Climax 7 8 0
8 1965 1965 German Grand Prix 12 Cooper-Climax Climax 8 4 3
7 1965 1965 Dutch Grand Prix 20 Cooper-Climax Climax 14 DNF Oil Pressure 0
6 1965 1965 British Grand Prix 10 Cooper-Climax Climax 12 14 Engine 0
5 1965 1965 French Grand Prix 20 Cooper-Climax Climax 12 DNF Accident 0
4 1965 1965 Belgian Grand Prix 5 Cooper-Climax Climax 14 11 0
3 1965 1965 Monaco Grand Prix 8 Cooper-Climax Climax 0 DNQ No Time 0
2 1965 1965 South African Grand Prix 10 Cooper-Climax Climax 10 DNF Electrical 0
1 1964 1964 Austrian Grand Prix 12 Brabham BRM 13 DNF Steering 0

Podiums

 

Jochen Rindt F1 Podium Finishes

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
13 1970 1970 German Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 2 1 9
12 1970 1970 British Grand Prix 5 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
11 1970 1970 French Grand Prix 6 Team Lotus Ford 6 1 9
10 1970 1970 Dutch Grand Prix 10 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
9 1970 1970 Monaco Grand Prix 3 Team Lotus Ford 8 1 9
8 1969 1969 USA Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
7 1969 1969 Canadian Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 3 3 4
6 1969 1969 Italian Grand Prix 4 Team Lotus Ford 1 2 6
5 1968 1968 German Grand Prix 5 Brabham Repco 3 3 4
4 1968 1968 South African Grand Prix 3 Brabham Repco 4 3 4
3 1966 1966 USA Grand Prix 8 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 9 2 Out of Fuel 6
2 1966 1966 German Grand Prix 8 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 9 3 4
1 1966 1966 Belgian Grand Prix 19 Cooper-Maserati Maserati 2 2 6

Poles

 

Jochen Rindt F1 Pole Positions

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
10 1970 1970 Austrian Grand Prix 6 Team Lotus Ford 1 DNF Engine 0
9 1970 1970 British Grand Prix 5 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
8 1970 1970 Dutch Grand Prix 10 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
7 1969 1969 USA Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 1 9
6 1969 1969 Italian Grand Prix 4 Team Lotus Ford 1 2 6
5 1969 1969 British Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 4 3
4 1969 1969 Dutch Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 DNF Halfshaft 0
3 1969 1969 Spanish Grand Prix 2 Team Lotus Ford 1 DNF Accident 0
2 1968 1968 Canadian Grand Prix 6 Brabham Repco 1 DNF Engine 0
1 1968 1968 French Grand Prix 2 Brabham Repco 1 DNF Fuel Leak 0

Comparison

 

Jochen Rindt Teammate Comparison

SeasonTeamTeam MateBest PosPointsWinsPolesPositionQualifying
1964BrabhamBob Anderson1030400000110
Dan Gurney10120000001001
Jack Brabham1090000000101
Jo Bonnier1060100000101
Jo Siffert10170000001001
1965Cooper-ClimaxAlan Rollinson14220000001010
Alex Blignaut18310000001010
Bruce McLaren4341000004628
David Clapham18300000001010
John Love18190000001010
John Rhodes14160000001010
Trevor Blokdyk18210000001010
1966Cooper-MaseratiChris Amon483000001010
Guy Ligier2615000004150
Jo Bonnier2619100004260
Jo Siffert2420300005270
John Surtees21181901014316
Moisés Solana12170000001010
Richie Ginther256200001010
1967Cooper-MaseratiAlan Rees1690000000110
Guy Ligier473000001120
Jacky Ickx463100001120
Jo Bonnier466300004370
Jo Siffert446600003681
Pedro Rodríguez4131401002561
Richard Attwood17100000000110
1968BrabhamDan Gurney15110000000110
Dave Charlton3224000001010
Jack Brabham358200207492
Jackie Pretorius3104000001010
John Love394000001010
Kurt Ahrens Jr.3124000001010
Silvio Moser950200002130
1969Team LotusGraham Hill12221010505490
Hans Herrmann15260000001010
Jo Bonnier4153000102020
Jo Siffert12221110505591
John Love10160000001010
John Miles21013000205050
Mario Andretti1159010103030
Pete Lovely1713010102130
Rolf Stommelen1580000000110
1970Team LotusAlex Soler-Roig1229010002020
Dave Charlton13120000000110
Emerson Fittipaldi1418320202130
Graham Hill1445750205480
John Love1380000000110
John Miles1545250307390
Pete Lovely11027030203030


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