They competed in 129 races, winning 16, claiming pole in 11, and setting the fastest lap in 14. The model T43 shocked the racing world, becoming the first rear-engined car to win a Formula One race, with Stirling Moss winning the season opener in Argentina and Maurice Trintignant taking the subsequent race at Monaco. Thus triggering the rear-engined revolution.
Formula 1 World Championship
The first Cooper car to appear in the Formula 1 World Championship was the diminutive T12. It was powered by the two cylinder JAP engine, which to this day stands as the engine with the fewest cylinders. It was notable for being the first rear engined Formula 1 car, along with the first car to appear in the championship to have its engine and its chassis constructed by different manufacturers.
It was privately entered into the second round of the season at Monaco by Harry Schell, under the name Horschell Racing Corporation. Schell missed practice as he was participating in the supporting Formula 3 race, so lined up in the last grid slot. He was eliminated in the first lap pileup. This was the only appearence of Cooper until 1952, and the only appearence of the Horschell Racing Company.
Season by Season Record
Drivers' Champions in bold.
|1950||Horschell Racing Corporation||T12||JAP V2 1.1L||Harry Schell||2|
Formula One World Championship Results
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