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The 70s - The Age of the Garagistes


  • Jack Brabham wins the South African Grand Prix. By the end of the season, he would retire from F1.

  • March and Team Surtees debut.

    Jochen Rindt wins at Hockenheim

  • Jackie Stewart wins first Grand Prix for March at Jarama, Spain.

  • The wedge-shaped Lotus 72, with side-mounted radiators, makes its debut. Jochen Rindt drives the car to its first victory at the Dutch GP.

  • Pedro Rodriguez wins the last Belgian Grand Prix at the original Spa-Francorchamps for BRM. This is also Dunlop's last victory.

  • Piers Courage burns to death in Williams/de Tomaso at the Dutch Grand Prix.

  • Bruce McLaren is killed at Goodwood while testing a Can-Am car.

  • Jochen Rindt wins German Grand Prix at Hockenheim while Armco barriers are installed at the Nurburgring.

  • Jacky Ickx wins the first Austrian Grand Prix at the Osterreichring.

  • Tyrrell makes its F1 debut at Mont Tremblant, Canada.

  • Jochen Rindt is killed during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. He later becomes the first posthumous Formula One Champion.

  • Emerson Fittipaldi scores his first victory, at the US Grand Prix.


  • Mario Andretti scores his maiden victory, winning the South African Grand Prix for Ferrari.

    Jackie Stewart wins the Monaco GP

  • The Belgian and Mexican Grands Prix are dropped from the calendar due to safety problems.

  • Jackie Stewart scores the first Grand Prix victory for Tyrrell at Jarama.

  • Pedro Rodriguez is killed in sports car race.

  • The French Grand Prix moves to Paul Ricard and the Canadian Grand Prix moves to Mosport Park. Stewart wins both those races.

  • Niki Lauda makes low key debut in privately owned March at the Austrian Grand Prix.

  • Peter Gethin wins Italian Grand Prix by 0.01s from Ronnie Peterson - the narrowest winning margin to this day.

  • Fittipaldi races gas-turbine Lotus 56B "in disguise" as World Wide Racing.

  • Jackie Stewart wins the World Championship for the second time.

  • For the first time since 1960, Lotus fail to score a single race win the entire season.

  • Jo Siffert dies from smoke inhalation in non-Championship race at Brands Hatch.


    Emerson Fittipaldi at the British Grand Prix

  • Bernie Ecclestone takes over Brabham.

  • Team Lotus run for the first time in the black livery of John Player Specials - or JPS, as the cars would soon come to be called.

  • The Argentinian Grand Prix returns to the calendar, where Jackie Stewart takes the win.

  • Jean-Pierre Beltoise wins the last victory for BRM at a rain-soaked Monaco GP.

  • The Belgian Grand Prix moves to Nivelles, where Emerson Fittipaldi grabs the win.

  • Chicanes are added to Monza.

  • Jo Bonnier is killed at Le Mans.

  • Fittipaldi wins the Italian Grand Prix to become the youngest ever Formula One Champion, at 25. This win is also Firestone's last victory.


  • Shadow make its Grand Prix debut.

  • Ex-champion Graham Hill sets up his own Embassy racing team.

  • McLaren introduce their classic M23 design that would race in various forms for the next six seasons.

  • The Ford DFV engine wins every Grand Prix of the season.

    Clay Regazzoni

  • Local hero Emerson Fittipaldi wins at Interlagos in the return of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

  • At the South African Grand Prix, Mike Hailwood saves Clay Regazzoni's life by pulling him from his burning BRM. Hailwood is later awarded for this the George Medal for valour.

  • The Belgian Grand Prix moves to Zolder, where Tyrrell grabs a one-two victory.

  • Denny Hulme wins at Anderstorp in the return of the Swedish Grand Prix.

  • As Jody Scheckter spins at the start of the British Grand Prix, a massive collision of over a dozen cars occurs at the Woodcote corner. Andrea de Adamich is the only casualty, but 9 drivers fail to take the restart.

  • Roger Williamson burns to death at the Dutch GP in his March 731. David Purley attempts to save Williamson's life, for which he is awarded the George Medal.

  • German Grand Prix is Stewart's 27th and last Grand Prix victory. He becomes the champion for a third time but withdraws from the US Grand Prix after Francois Cevert is killed during qualifying. Emerson Fittipaldi in Holland

  • The pace car is used for first time in Formula One during the Canadian Grand Prix.


  • Niki Lauda joins Ferrari.

  • Lord Hesketh builds his own Formula One car designed by Harvey Postlethwaite; James Hunt is the driver.

  • Carlos Reutemann wins the first Grand Prix for Ecclestone's Brabham in South Africa.

  • Penske team make Grand Prix debut in Canadian Grand Prix.

  • Peter Revson is killed during testing.

  • Mike Hailwood retires from racing after suffering injuries at a crash in the German Grand Prix.

  • Emerson Fittipaldi wins the championship for the second time with McLaren.

  • Helmuth Koinigg is killed at Watkins Glen during the US Grand Prix

  • Denny Hulme retires from Formula One.


    Graham Hill at the Monaco GP, 1975

  • Brazilian Carlos Pace wins his only victory, and of all places - at Interlagos, in the Brazilian Grand Prix, with compatriot Emerson Fittipaldi making it a 1-2 for Brazil.

  • The Brazilian Grand Prix is Graham Hill's 176th and last race. Later that year, he and Tony Brise, together with other team members, are killed when a plane Hill is piloting crashes whilst attempting to land in fog.

  • Jochen Mass wins the last Spanish Grand Prix to be held at Montjuich Park. The race, however, turns tragic as five spectators are killed when Rolf Stommelen's Hill-Ford crashes into the crowd.

  • James Hunt scores the first and only win for Hesketh, at the Dutch Grand Prix.

  • Mark Donohue dies from head injuries sustained during practice at the Austrian Grand Prix, where Vittorio Brambilla crashes after winning.

  • Niki Lauda wins his first championship, with Ferrari.


  • Ligier enters Formula One.

  • Clay Regazzoni wins the first US-West Grand Prix at Long Beach.

  • Tyrrell introduces a 6-wheel car.

  • Niki Lauda is severely burned in a fiery accident at the Nurburgring. Amazingly, he returns to race at the Italian Grand Prix just weeks after his crash.

  • John Watson wins the first and only win for Penske, at the Austrian Grand Prix, where the Hella-Licht chicane is added to the Osterreichring.

  • Under appalling conditions, Mario Andretti wins the first Japanese Grand Prix.

  • James Hunt is the world champion, driving for McLaren.


  • Patrick Head joins Frank Williams' team.

  • The Lotus 78 Ground-Effects car is introduced.

  • Jody Scheckter wins at Argentina in the first Grand Prix of the Wolf-Ford.

    Ronnie Peterson in Italy

  • Carlos Pace is killed in an air-crash.

  • Tom Pryce is killed after hitting a track marshall at the South African Grand Prix. This is also the last race for the BRM team.

  • Jody Scheckter scores the 100th Grand Prix victory for the Ford DFV engine, at Monaco.

  • Jacques Laffite scores the first Grand Prix victory for Ligier-Matra in Sweden.

  • Renault's RS01, the first turbo powered car, makes its debut at the British Grand Prix.

  • Lauda scores Goodyear's 100th Grand Prix victory at Hockenheim, the new home of the German Grand Prix.

  • Alan Jones scores his own and Shadow's first Grand Prix victory at Austria.

  • Spectators are killed when Gilles Villenueve's Ferrari crashes during the Japanese Grand Prix.

  • Niki Lauda is the world champion for the second time.

  • March withdraws from Formula One.

    Mario Andretti, at the US-West GP1978

  • The Japanese Grand Prix is dropped from the calendar due to safety reasons.

  • Michelin enters Formula One. Ferrari's Carlos Reutemann will score its first victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix

  • Professor Sid Watkins is appointed Medical Director of FISA.

  • Arrows enter Formula One and nearly wins the South African Grand Prix, where Riccardo Patrese led most of the race, but retired due to mechanical failure.

  • Williams team introduces their first own car, the FW06. Alan Jones would be the team's number one driver.

  • Ronnie Peterson wins his last race at Austria; he later dies from injuries inflicted at a crash in the Italian Grand Prix. In that incident, Vittorio Brambilla sustains a head injury.

  • Folllowing the Italian Grand Prix, a new safety measure is introduced to F1: medical cars follow Formula One cars on the formation lap of every Grand Prix, in order to improve reaction time in case of a first lap accident. However, on its debut at Watkins Glen, the medical car hits the kerb and lifts off in the air. No one is hurt.

  • Renault enters a turbo-charged all-French car at Kyalami.

  • Niki Lauda wins the last Swedish Grand Prix with the controversial Brabham BT46B "Fan Car".

  • Gilles Villeneuve grabs his first Grand Prix victory as the Canadian Grand Prix moves to Montreal.

    Jody Scheckter

  • Mario Andretti is the world champion for Lotus, after winning six Grands Prix in that season.

  • Team Surtees leaves F1.


  • The Monaco Grand Prix is James Hunt's last race.

  • One of the best races ever takes place at Dijon-Prenois, France, where Jean-Pierre Jabouille wins Renault's first Grand Prix while Gilles Villeneuve holds second by 0.24s after a fierce battle with Rene Arnoux.

  • Clay Regazzoni scores Williams' first Grand Prix victory at Silverstone.

  • Jody Scheckter wins the last drivers' world champion for Ferrari until 2000.

  • Jackie Ickx and Wolf team retire from Formula One.

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