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Karl Jochen Rindt (born April 18, 1942 in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany – died September 5, 1970 in Monza, Milan, Lombardy, Italy) was a German racing driver who represented Austria, who most notably won the Formula One World Championship in 1970. He was killed in an practice accident during his championship year and is F1's only posthumous World Championship.

Formula One CareerEdit

1964Edit

Rindt's parents were killed in a bombing during the Second World War, and he was raised in Graz, Austria. There Rindt started motor racing. After success in Formula 2, Rindt reached F1 in 1964, making his début for the Rob Walker Racing Team at the Austrian Grand Prix, which turned out to be his only race that year.

1965Edit

In 1965, Rindt signed up to drive full-time for the Cooper team. The car provided was not fast enough and the inexperienced Rindt was only able to score 4 points.

1966Edit

However, the 1966 car provided by Cooper was quicker and Rindt often scored points, including three podiums, to come third in the championship. The Belgian Grand Prix was the best race of the season for Rindt, where he led for 20 of the 28 laps but eventually finished over 40 seconds behind race winner John Surtees. At the Dutch Grand Prix, Rindt's final lap was too slow and it was not counted, but he was given second place.

1967Edit

Unfortunately for Rindt, 1967 was hampered by breakdowns. Out of the ten races he started, Rindt only finished two, both in fourth place.

1968Edit

1968 was similar as even though Rindt had moved to Brabham, he was once again plagued with reliability problems, scoring just two third place finishes. The first was in South Africa in Jim Clark's last race; the other at the German Grand Prix, where Jackie Stewart won by over four minutes despite driving with a broken wrist.

1969Edit

Rindt Racing

Jochen Rindt at the Nürburgring in 1969.

Rindt moved to Lotus in 1969, and yet suffered from poor reliability, but a string of three podium finishes brought Rindt his first win, at the United States Grand Prix. Rindt also took five pole positions. Before that, he finished 0.08 seconds behind eventual Champion Stewart at the Italian Grand Prix, and fourth-placed Bruce McLaren, was only 0.19 seconds behind Stewart. The next race, the race before the win, was the Canadian Grand Prix, where Rindt led the first five laps. As for the US GP, Rindt secured pole and fought hard with Stewart, and then when Stewart was forced to slow, Rindt had an easy victory.

1970Edit

1970 was to be Rindt's year, as Lotus team leader. Rindt took victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, taking advantage of Jack Brabham's misfortune to take victory at the last corner. He then won four races in a row, the Dutch, the French, the British and the German. The Dutch win was by 30 seconds over Stewart in a dominant display. The French win was a strong victory at the dangerous Charade Circuit. The British win was more exciting, with Rindt holding the lead for the majority of the race before losing the lead to Brabham with 12 laps remaining, but Brabham slowed at the end, and Rindt took victory by over half a minute. Rindt was then disqualified for having a wing too high, but was quickly reinstated. The final win of the season, the German, was won after a fantastic slipstreaming battle with Jacky Ickx.

DeathEdit

After retiring at the Austrian Grand Prix, Rindt was killed in practice for the Italian Grand Prix. Since Monza was track all about speed, the team decided to remove the wings of the car, but this would make the car less stable. While braking into a turn, Rindt lost control of the car; spinning it into the barriers. Because Rindt would not use a safety harness that kept his body from shifting in an accident, the impact forced his body forward, and the strap from the safety harness slit his throat. Rindt was removed from the car and taken to a nearby hospital by the track medical crew, however, he would be pronounced dead on arrival.

The Lotus team withdrew from the race as a mark of respect. Rindt had a lead of more than 20 points when he died. Jacky Ickx made a late charge in the standings, but despite two wins in the final races, he finished five points short of Rindt.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1964 Rob Walker Racing Team Brabham-BRM 0 NC Report
1965 Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax 4 13th Report
1966 Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax 22 (24) 3rd Report
1967 Cooper Car Company Cooper-Maserati 6 14th Report
1968 Brabham Racing Organisation Brabham-Repco 8 12th Report
1969 Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus-Ford Cosworth 22 4th Report
1970 Gold Leaf Team Lotus Lotus-Ford Cosworth 45 1st Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 64
Starts 60
Pole Positions 10
Front Row Starts 18
Race Wins 6
Podiums 13
Fastest laps 3
Points 109
Laps Raced 2520
Distance Raced 13503.416 km
Races Led 12
Laps Led 387
Distance Led 1898.448 km
Doubles 3
Hat-Tricks 1

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1969 United States Grand Prix
2 1970 Monaco Grand Prix
3 1970 Dutch Grand Prix
4 1970 French Grand Prix
5 1970 British Grand Prix
6 1970 German Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pts Pos
1964 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 0 NC
Ret
1965 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 4 13th
Ret DNQ 11th Ret 14th Ret 4th 8th 6th Ret
1966 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 22 (24) 3rd
Ret 2nd 4th 5th Ret 3rd 4th 2nd Ret
1967 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Canada Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 6 13th
Ret Ret Ret 4th Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th Ret
1968 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 8 12th
3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 3rd Ret Ret Ret Ret
1969 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 22 4th
Ret Ret INJ Ret Ret 4th Ret 2nd 3rd 1st Ret
1970 Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico 45 1st
13th Ret 1st Ret 1st 1st 1st 1st Ret DNS


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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V T E F1 drivers killed while racing
1952: Cameron Earl
1953: Chet Miller
1954: Onofre Marimón
1955: Manny Ayulo
1955: Bill Vukovich
1957: Eugenio Castellotti
1957: Keith Andrews
1958: Pat O'Connor
1958: Luigi Musso
1958: Peter Collins
1958: Stuart Lewis-Evans
1959: Jerry Unser
1959: Bob Cortner
1960: Chris Bristow
1960: Alan Stacey
1961: Giulio Cabianca
1961: Wolfgang von Trips
1964: Carel Godin de Beaufort
1966: John Taylor
1967: Lorenzo Bandini
1967: Bob Anderson
1968: Jo Schlesser
1969: Gerhard Mitter
1970: Bruce McLaren
1970: Piers Courage
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Ignazio Giunti
1971: Pedro Rodríguez
1971: Jo Siffert
1972: Jo Bonnier
1973: Roger Williamson
1973: François Cevert
1974: Peter Revson
1974: Helmuth Koinigg
1975: Mark Donohue
1977: Tom Pryce
1978: Ronnie Peterson
1980: Patrick Depailler
1982: Gilles Villeneuve
1982: Riccardo Paletti
1986: Elio de Angelis
1994: Roland Ratzenberger
1994: Ayrton Senna
2015: Jules Bianchi
See also: List of fatal accidents
V T E List of World Drivers' Champions
1950: Giuseppe Farina
1951: Juan Manuel Fangio
1952: Alberto Ascari
1953: Alberto Ascari
1954: Juan Manuel Fangio
1955: Juan Manuel Fangio
1956: Juan Manuel Fangio
1957: Juan Manuel Fangio
1958: Mike Hawthorn
1959: Jack Brabham
1960: Jack Brabham
1961: Phil Hill
1962: Graham Hill
1963: Jim Clark
1964: John Surtees
1965: Jim Clark
1966: Jack Brabham
1967: Denny Hulme
1968: Graham Hill
1969: Jackie Stewart
1970: Jochen Rindt
1971: Jackie Stewart
1972: Emerson Fittipaldi
1973: Jackie Stewart
1974: Emerson Fittipaldi
1975: Niki Lauda
1976: James Hunt
1977: Niki Lauda
1978: Mario Andretti
1979: Jody Scheckter
1980: Alan Jones
1981: Nelson Piquet
1982: Keke Rosberg
1983: Nelson Piquet
1984: Niki Lauda
1985: Alain Prost
1986: Alain Prost
1987: Nelson Piquet
1988: Ayrton Senna
1989: Alain Prost
1990: Ayrton Senna
1991: Ayrton Senna
1992: Nigel Mansell
1993: Alain Prost
1994: Michael Schumacher
1995: Michael Schumacher
1996: Damon Hill
1997: Jacques Villeneuve
1998: Mika Häkkinen
1999: Mika Häkkinen
2000: Michael Schumacher
2001: Michael Schumacher
2002: Michael Schumacher
2003: Michael Schumacher
2004: Michael Schumacher
2005: Fernando Alonso
2006: Fernando Alonso
2007: Kimi Räikkönen
2008: Lewis Hamilton
2009: Jenson Button
2010: Sebastian Vettel
2011: Sebastian Vettel
2012: Sebastian Vettel
2013: Sebastian Vettel
2014: Lewis Hamilton
2015: Lewis Hamilton
2016: Nico Rosberg
2017: Lewis Hamilton


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