100 F1 race winners part 4: 1962-1968

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jim Clark in the Cosworth DFV-powered Lotus
Jim Clark in the Cosworth DFV-powered Lotus

The fourth part of our series looking at F1’s 100 winners includes four champions: Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, John Surtees and Denny Hulme.

Plus which Italian driver only won once – at home, in a Ferrari? Read on to find out.

31. Jim Clark

First win: 1962 Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
Total wins: 25
Nationality: British

Champion in 1963 and 1965, Clark was the dominant force of the mid-sixties. He surely would have been at the front of the sport for many more years had he not died in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim in 1968, a loss that shocked the motor racing world.

Clark stayed loyal to Lotus throughout his career, and though their superior speed would allow him to dominate races, poor reliability cost him many others. The 1962 championship slipped from his grasp at the final round in East London, South Africa, when he suffered an oil leak.

In 1963 he won seven times in ten starts and claimed the title. He only finished three times the following year – but he won every time he did.

In 1965 he started nine F1 races with the following results: win, win, win, win, win, win, fuel pump failure, engine failure, engine failure. That’s how dominant Jim Clark was.

Clark drove the Ford Cosworth DFV engine to victory in its first race in 1967. Though unreliability again dogged him throughout the year he looked good for the championship in the following season when he won the opening round in South Africa. But then came that fateful race at Hockenheim.

Read more about Jim Clark: Jim Clark biography

32. Dan Gurney

First win: 1962 French Grand Prix, Roeun
Total wins: 4
Nationality: American

Said to be the driver Clark feared most on the track, Gurney started his F1 career with Ferrari 1959, then moved on to BRM the following season but the car was terribly uncompetitive. Results started to come when he joined Porsche in 1961 and the next year he won for the first time at Rouen.

Porsche withdrew at the end of the season and Gurney joined Brabham. He won twice in 1964, and for 1966 he formed his own team, Anglo American Racing. When their gorgeous Eagle chassis was paired with the Weslake engine Gurney took the machine to victory at Spa in 1967.

Unable to offer any serious opposition to the Cosworth-engined cars Gurney turned to American racing in 1969 but returned to F1 the following year with McLaren following the death of founder Bruce McLaren.

33. John Surtees

John Surtees (left) beat Jack Brabham by 0.2s at Monza in 1967
John Surtees (left) beat Jack Brabham by 0.2s at Monza in 1967

First win: 1963 German Grand Prix
Total wins: 6
Nationality: British

John Surtees is the only driver to have won world championships for both motorcycles and cars: he won seven titles on his MV August before switching to F1.

He won the Formula 1 title in 1964 for Ferrari but the following year he was badly injured in a sports car crash. As he recuperated Enzo Ferrari?s advisor Eugenio Dragoni began encouraging Ferrari to give young Italian driver Lorenzo Bandini greater prominence in his driving line-up.

Angered by the political manoeuvrings, Surtees left the team. He later drove for Honda, scoring a memorable final win at Monza, before setting up his own F1 team.

Read more about John Surtees: John Surtees biography

Lorenzo Bandini

First win: 1964 Austrian Grand Prix, Zeltweg
Total wins: 1
Nationality: Italian

Bandini won only one race, at the unloved Zeltweg airfield course in Austria. He died when his Ferrari crashed into straw bales on the harbour front during the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix and erupted into flames.

35. Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart won from 16th on the grid at Kyalami in 1973
Jackie Stewart won from 16th on the grid at Kyalami in 1973

First win: 1965 Italian Grand Prix, Monza
Total wins: 27
Nationality: British

Stewart?s skills as a racing driver were just part of what he brought to the sport. By the time of his retirement in 1973 he had won 27 races from 99 starts and claimed three world championships.

His style was meticulous, methodical and smooth ?ǣ and devastatingly effective. In thick rain and fog at the Nurburgring in 1968 he crossed the finishing line four minutes before his nearest competitor.

The following year he was champion for the first time in a Matra run by Ken Tyrrell. He couldn’t compete with Tyrrell’s first attempt at his own chassis the following year, but was champion once more in 1971 winning six times.

Illness in the form of a stomach ulcer hampered his 1972 championship effort but he still won four races. He planned to retire after his 100th start at Watkins Glen in 1973 ?ǣ having already won a third title – but when team mate Francois Cevert was killed in practice for the race Stewart quit on the spot.

He remained closely involved with motor sport in various ways including commentator, ambassador and even team owner. His Stewart team won a race in 1999 before he sold it to Ford.

But his greatest contribution outside the cockpit was his passion for improving safety, a legacy of a crash at Spa in 1966 where he found himself trapped in a car with petrol leaking onto him. His efforts for the GPDA earned criticism from the likes of Pedro Rodriguez and Jacky Ickx, but from the vantage point of forty years later it is clear Stewart’s tireless efforts saved many lives.

Read more about Jackie Stewart: Jackie Stewart biography

Richie Ginther

First win: 1965 Mexican Grand Prix, Mexico City
Total wins: 1
Nationality: American

Ginther’s first – and only – win at Mexico City in 1965 was also the first win for Honda’s fledgling F1 team. That came in his sxith season of a Formula 1 career where he’d earned that unfortunate title of “good number two” – a quality driver, but not from the top drawer. After that first win he only entered six more races.

37. Ludovico Scarfiotti

First win: 1966 Italian Grand Prix
Total wins: 1
Nationality: Italian

Perhaps not the best-remembered of the drivers on this list – but what Italian racer wouldn’t want to win at Monza for Ferrari? That’s what Scarfiotti did in 1966, in only his fourth Grand Prix start. He never did a full season of F1, and died in a crash at a hillclimb in 1968.

38. Pedro Rodriguez

First win: 1967 South African Grand Prix, Kyalami
Total wins: 2
Nationality: Mexican

Pedro was two years older than brother Ricardo who also raced in F1. Despite the death of his brother in practice for the first Mexican Grand Prix in 1962, Pedro made his debut in Formula 1 the following year. After several appearances mainly in American rounds he joined Cooper in 1967 and won first time out for them in South Africa.

After switching to BRM another victory followed in 1970 at Spa. It was one of his finest wins, but dwarfed by his mighty feat in the Brands Hatch 1,000km sports car race, where he won by five laps in heavy rain. Sadly, like his brother, Pedro also died at the wheel, during a sports car race at the Norisring in Germany.

39. Denny Hulme

First win: 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo
Total wins: 8
Nationality: New Zealander

Perhaps the most understated and low-key champion ever, Hulme was famously disinterested in the glamorous trappings of professional motor sport. He came over to Europe from New Zealand in 1960 and having worked as a mechanic for Jack Brabham found his way into driving.

He first raced for Brabham’s team in 1965 and learned from his boss, team mate and mentor who was champion in 1966. But the following year Hulme claimed the title himself and then left to join McLaren.

Two further wins in 1968 kept him in the championship hunt once again but the title went to Graham Hill. Then in 1970 he crashed heavily in Indianapolis and was badly burned. He still won the Can Am champoinship for the team that year but from then on his race performances seemed to lack the edge they once had, although he did win twice more in F1. Hulme died when he suffered a heart attack during the 1992 Bathurst touring car race.

Read more about Denny Hulme: Denny Hulme biography

40. Jacky Ickx

First win: 1968 French Grand Prix
Total wins: 8
Nationality: Belgium

Certainly one of the best drivers never to be champion, Ickx was runner-up in 1969 and 1970, first with Brabham and then Ferrari.

He dazzled at the Nurburgring in 1967, setting a time good enough for third on the grid using an F2 car. Ferrari snapped him up for 1968 and he duly delivered his first win at Rouen. He switched to Brabham for 1969 and pushed Stewart hard for the title, famously beating his rival at the Nurburgring, but Stewart took the championship.

At the end of 1970, having returned to Ferrari, Ickx found himself in the unenviable position of trying to overtake championship leader Jochen Rindt in the title race, despite the Austrian having died at Monza earlier that year. Ickx admitted he was not too disappointed to have taken the title that year, although he would never come as close again.

Ickx remained with Ferrari has their poerformances vacillated in the early 1970s. But in 1973 he finally left, joining Lotus for 1974. It was terribly ill-timed, as Ferrari had a string of competitive seasons culminating in Niki Lauda winning the 1975 and 1977 titles. Ickx didn’t win in F1 again but was tremendously successful in sports cars, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours six times.