Team Lotus info & Statistics

Team Lotus F1 wiki info & stats

Team Lotus F1 statistics

Constructors' Titles 7
Drivers' Titles 6
Race Entries 494
Race Starts 493
Race Wins 79
Podium Finishes 200
One-Two Finishes 8
Pole Positions 107
Frontrow Lockouts 14
Fastest Laps 71
Total Points 1514
Total Laps 55987
Retirements 769

 

History

 

Team Lotus History


Colin Chapman at the German Grand Prix in 1979

Colin Chapman at the German Grand Prix in 1979

A pioneering name in the sixties and seventies of Formula One was Colin Chapman’s Lotus, the cars were at the pinnacle of the British Invasion. In total they have won seven constructors championships and have won 79 grand prix' and are one of the most successful teams in the sports history.

Each era in the sport has a lethal partnership, a combination of man and machine which is unparalleled anywhere else. Ferrari & Schumacher, McLaren & Senna, Fangio & Maserati and in the sixties it was Lotus & Jim Clark. Britain’s most famous racing driver won two titles for Colin Chapman and the Lotus team at the height of the swinging sixties. Lotus had overtaken Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Maserati to become the sports dominant force.

Sadly this couldn't be sustained and after the rise came the fall. The eighties and nineties were hard for the team and eventually they went out of business in 1994. They are, however, back, albeit under a different guise, the Lotus name still remains and it deserves to be cherished.

Stirling Moss wins the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix in the Lotus Mk16

Stirling Moss wins the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix in the Lotus Mk18

The Team Lotus first debuted in 1958. In 1960 Chapman was the first F1 car designer, who put the engine in the back of the car instead of the front which wasn't seen ever before.

The team won 2 races with it.and their first victory arrived in 1960 when Stirling Moss won the 1960 Monaco Grand Prix with a 1 minute and 8 sec lead on Bruce McLaren who was on P2.

Jim Clarke’s talent was so great that he was soon catapulted into the Lotus seat by his friend and mentor Colin Chapman. The decision worked wonders as Clarke won a record seven races in the 1963 season to comfortably claim the World Championship. The Scot narrowly lost out to John Surtees’ Ferrari in 1964, but returns with aplomb in 1965 to already earn Lotus their second title in three years.

Lotus 43 driven by Jim Clark Dutch GP (19767)

Lotus 43 driven by Jim Clark Dutch GP (19767)

Chapman’s cars were criticised for being too light, and built with just speed in mind. Their brittleness was on show when problems with Clarke’s car in the final race of 1964 cost him the chance to defend his title. The cars were, many believed, not safe enough and the list of drivers hurt or killed in them is a hard evidence.

Lotus struggled to acclimatise to rule changes in the wake of Clarke’s success and had to wait until 1968 for a return to good fortune. At the season’s opening race Clarke led home a Lotus 1-2 in what would be his last race win before his untimely death. James Clarke died in Germany during a F2 race. He was driving a car of a previous season with a wing modification designed by Colin Chapman. Nobody knows what happend, because he crashed on a high speed section in the woods.

Lotus 78 driven by Mario Andretti 2nd place (1978-1979)

The strong personality of Graham Hill helped the team survive Clarke’s death and the Englishman valiantly won the 68 title. Chapman’s supposedly ‘weak’ cars were becoming a talking point up and down the grid. Jochen Rindt, while in contention for the 1970 title, crashed fatally at Monza. With his points total too big for anyone to challenge he became the first and to this day only posthumous World Champion.

Young and flamboyant Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi lifted the title in 72 and Mario Andretti in 1978 when Lotus was the first to understand the ground effect of sidepods. They dominated the 1978 season and won 8 races that season. The Lotus 78 was the first car with features that cars of today are still based on.

Ayrton Senna Lotus T97 1985

Ayrton Senna driving the Lotus 97T (1985)

After 1978 the good days of Lotus were beginning to fade as the sport reached a new era. The team did become the first constructor to reach 50 grand prix wins, beating Ferrari, who had been the sport for an extra seven years. Instead of employing the finest drivers on the grid,  Lotus became a team who investing in the future and helped young drivers reach the top of the sport. Both of Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna past through the team in the eighties, while Mika Hakkinen spent a season there in the 1990’s.

Results were unspectacular with no wins but solid championship finishes. With debts spiralling out of control in the mid nineties, the team folded and went into liquidation. One of the sports great names was lost after their last season in 1994.

The Lotus F1 Team that was in F1 from (2011-2015) had it's roots from the former Toleman Motorsport team who made it's entry back in 1981 and has nothing to do with the original team it came out of the Renault team and went back to Renault in 2016.

Drivers

 

It seems like Colin Chapman also could spot great talented drivers miles away. A lot of drivers who started their F1 career at Lotus became world champions later on.

The following drivers started at Lotus and won one or more drivers titles: Mario Andretti, Jim Clark, Graham HIll, Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mika Hakkinen and John Surtees.

Team Lotus F1 Drivers List

Driver GP 1st 2nd 3rd Pod Pole Laps FL Points
Italy Elio de Angelis 91 2 2 5 9 3 3984 0 119
United States Mario Andretti 79 11 2 3 16 17 3317 8 147
United Kingdom Jim Clark 72 25 1 6 32 33 3930 28 274
United Kingdom Graham Hill 61 4 6 0 10 5 2856 2 89
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 60 0 0 5 5 1 2353 1 38
Sweden Ronnie Peterson 59 9 6 3 18 13 2780 7 144
United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 54 0 0 0 0 0 2265 0 13
Brazil Ayrton Senna 48 6 10 6 22 16 2470 6 150
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 43 9 6 5 20 4 2404 5 144
Japan Satoru Nakajima 43 0 0 0 0 0 1894 1 11
United Kingdom Innes Ireland 38 1 2 1 4 0 1561 1 37
Switzerland Jo Siffert 36 1 1 1 3 1 1580 3 28
Brazil Nelson Piquet 31 0 0 3 3 0 1488 0 34
Sweden Gunnar Nilsson 31 1 0 3 4 0 1316 1 31
Finland Mika Häkkinen 30 0 0 0 0 0 1443 0 13
Belgium Jacky Ickx 24 0 1 2 3 0 1078 0 15
United Kingdom Mike Spence 24 0 0 1 1 0 1156 0 18
Italy Alessandro Zanardi 21 0 0 0 0 0 903 0 1
United Kingdom Trevor Taylor 20 0 1 0 1 0 839 0 7
Austria Jochen Rindt 19 6 1 1 8 8 921 3 67
Mexico Hector Rebaque 18 0 0 0 0 0 842 0 1
United Kingdom Derek Warwick 16 0 0 0 0 0 746 0 3
Argentina Carlos Reutemann 15 0 2 2 4 0 659 0 25
United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries 15 0 0 0 0 0 661 0 3
Sweden Reine Wisell 14 0 0 1 1 0 707 0 13
United Kingdom Martin Donnelly 13 0 0 0 0 0 509 0 0
United Kingdom John Miles 13 0 0 0 0 0 373 0 2
United Kingdom Peter Arundell 13 0 0 2 2 0 563 0 12
United States Masten Gregory 12 0 0 0 0 0 497 0 1
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 12 4 0 0 4 4 690 2 40
United States Jim Hall 11 0 0 0 0 0 622 0 3
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 11 0 0 0 0 0 529 0 1
New Zealand Chris Amon 11 0 0 0 0 0 288 0 2
Australia David Walker 11 0 0 0 0 0 481 0 0
United Kingdom Cliff Allison 9 0 0 0 0 0 427 0 3
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 9 0 0 1 1 0 312 1 6
France Maurice Trintignant 9 0 0 0 0 0 183 0 0
United Kingdom Richard Attwood 9 0 0 0 0 0 537 0 5
Portugal Pedro Lamy 8 0 0 0 0 0 379 0 0
United Kingdom Alan Stacey 7 0 0 0 0 0 220 0 0
Australia Jack Brabham 6 0 0 0 0 0 273 0 3
South Africa Dave Charlton 6 0 0 0 0 0 104 0 0
United States Pete Lovely 6 0 0 0 0 0 341 0 0
Mexico Moisés Solana 6 0 0 0 0 0 246 0 0
Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 5 0 0 0 0 0 164 0 0
Switzerland Michael May 4 0 0 0 0 0 90 0 0
United Kingdom Peter Revson 4 0 0 0 0 0 153 0 0
Belgium Lucien Bianchi 4 0 0 0 0 0 104 0 0
Germany Wolfgang Seidel 4 0 0 0 0 0 73 0 0
United Kingdom John Surtees 4 0 1 0 1 1 134 1 6
United States Walt Hansgen 3 0 0 0 0 0 107 0 2
South Africa Tony Maggs 3 0 0 0 0 0 160 0 0
United Kingdom Henry Taylor 3 0 0 0 0 0 93 0 0
United Kingdom Gerry Ashmore 3 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 0
United Kingdom Brian Henton 3 0 0 0 0 0 102 0 0
Australia Paul Hawkins 2 0 0 0 0 0 82 0 0
United Kingdom Jim Crawford 2 0 0 0 0 0 74 0 0
Germany Gerhard Mitter 2 0 0 0 0 0 22 0 0
United Kingdom Tony Marsh 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 0 0
Finland Mika Salo 2 0 0 0 0 0 98 0 0
United Kingdom Tim Parnell 2 0 0 0 0 0 52 0 0
South Africa Neville Lederle 2 0 0 0 0 0 78 0 1
United Kingdom David Piper 2 0 0 0 0 0 91 0 0
United Kingdom Ian Burgess 2 0 0 0 0 0 111 0 0
Sweden Jo Bonnier 2 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0
Belgium Willy Mairesse 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 0 0
United States Mike Fisher 2 0 0 0 0 0 81 0 0
France Jean-Pierre Jarier 2 0 0 0 0 1 104 1 0
Italy Giacomo "Geki" Russo 2 0 0 0 0 0 100 0 0
Italy Gaetano Starrabba 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 0
United Kingdom John Campbell-Jones 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 0 0
Zimbabwe John Love 2 0 0 0 0 0 109 0 0
United States Hap Sharp 2 0 0 0 0 0 67 0 0
South Africa Ernie Pieterse 2 0 0 0 0 0 74 0 0
Belgium Philippe Adams 2 0 0 0 0 0 82 0 0
United Kingdom Bob Evans 1 0 0 0 0 0 77 0 0
Australia Tim Schenken 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
United States Rodger Ward 1 0 0 0 0 0 44 0 0
United States Lloyd Ruby 1 0 0 0 0 0 76 0 0
United States Jay Chamberlain 1 0 0 0 0 0 64 0 0
Argentina Alberto Rodriguez Larreta 1 0 0 0 0 0 77 0 0
Canada Eppie Wietzes 1 0 0 0 0 0 69 0 0
South Africa Syd van der Vyver 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom Bruce Halford 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Belgium Olivier Gendebien 1 0 0 0 0 0 92 0 0
Germany Günther Seiffert 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom Julian Bailey 1 0 0 0 0 0 58 0 1
Germany Kurt Kuhnke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom Chris Irwin 1 0 0 0 0 0 88 0 0
New Zealand Tony Shelly 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
United Kingdom Ron Flockhart 1 0 0 0 0 0 49 0 1
United States Bob Bondurant 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 0 0
Zimbabwe Sam Tingle 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States Phil Hill 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 0 0
South Africa Brausch Niemann 1 0 0 0 0 0 66 0 0
Italy Nino Vaccarella 1 0 0 0 0 0 84 0 0
South Africa Eddie Keizan 1 0 0 0 0 0 76 0 0
South Africa Paddy Driver 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0
Zimbabwe Gary Hocking 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United States Roger Penske 1 0 0 0 0 0 96 0 0
United Kingdom Ivor Bueb 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0
South Africa Guy Tunmer 1 0 0 0 0 0 76 0 0
France Éric Bernard 1 0 0 0 0 0 66 0 0
United States Thomas Monarch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germany Rolf Stommelen 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0 0
United Kingdom Ken Miles 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom Piers Courage 1 0 0 0 0 0 51 0 0
Switzerland Heinz Schiller 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
South Africa Ian Scheckter 1 0 0 0 0 0 76 0 0
Canada Bill Brack 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0
Italy Carlo Abate 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom John Watson 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Canada Peter Ryan 1 0 0 0 0 0 96 0 0
France Bernard Collomb 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0
United States Rob Schroeder 1 0 0 0 0 0 93 0 0
Italy Ernesto Prinoth 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom Geoff Lees 1 0 0 0 0 0 52 0 0
Italy Giancarlo Baghetti 1 0 0 0 0 0 50 0 0

Cars

 

Team Lotus F1 Cars


Achievements

 

Team Lotus F1 Achievements


Team Lotus Finish Positions

1th79 Times
2th42 Times
3th51 Times
4th59 Times
5th63 Times
6th54 Times
7th49 Times
8th56 Times
9th36 Times
10th44 Times
11th36 Times
12th25 Times
13th21 Times
14th13 Times
15th8 Times
16th10 Times
17th1 Time
18th2 Times
19th2 Times
DNF560 Times
DSQ10 Times
NC17 Times
WD29 Times
DNPQ5 Times
DNQ62 Times
DNS28 Times

Team Lotus Championship Positions

19581959196019611962196319641965
8th5th2th2th2th1th3th1th
19661967196819691970197119721973
5th2th1th3th1th5th1th1th
19741975197619771978197919801981
4th7th4th2th1th4th5th7th
19821983198419851986198719881989
6th7th3th4th3th3th4th6th
19901991199219931994   
8th10th5th6th12th   


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