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The Lotus 49 was a World Championship winning car, renowned for being the first Grand Prix built to use the Ford Cosworth DFV engine. The 49B was driven to the 1968 FIA Formula One World Championship by Graham Hill, while a 49C would be driven by Jochen Rindt to the 1970 title.

When the 49 debuted at the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix it immediately looked to be the class of the field, proved when Jim Clark swept to victory backed up by teammate Hill who had claimed pole.[1] Clark would go on to claim a further three victories before the end of the 1967 season, before claiming the honours in the first round of the 1968 season to reach the top of the all time winners list. Hill and Rindt would also score victories for the factory run 49s and their subsequent development versions, while privateer Jo Siffert claimed a win at the 1968 British Grand Prix for the Rob Walker Racing Team.

The 49 was the brainchild of Colin Chapman and aircraft engineer Maurice Philippe, and became a test-bed for all sorts of innovations. From its very creation the 49 would be the first car to successfully incorporate the engine as an integral part of the chassis, while also allowing Chapman and Philippe to experiment with aerofoils and wings. The 49 is also noted as one of the first cars to feature a sponsored livery, with the factory Lotus cars fondly remembered for their "Gold Leaf" branding.

DevelopmentEdit

HistoryEdit

The original plan for Colin Chapman and his Team Lotus designers had been to use the Ford Cosworth DFV engine in the Lotus 43, but delays in funding for the project meant the 1966 season would be a write-off.[2] The first two chassis were ready to race by the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix but the engines were still not race ready, although there had been some testing done over the winter.[3] Graham Hill, who almost exclusively drove the new cars believed that the handling was delightful, but the power of the DFV was too intermittent during development for him to be confident.

Debut Delight: 1967Edit

The Lotus 49 first appeared after an extensive testing period at the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Park Zandvoort, with Team Lotus bringing two cars for Jim Clark and Graham Hill.[1] Hill was still unsure about the engine but when the Englishman put his car on pole, half a second clear of anyone else, there were few complaints.[1] Ultimately though, it would be his teammate and friend Clark who took victory after a swashbuckling climb up from eighth, the Dutch Grand Prix having been the first time the Scot had sat in the car, let alone driven it.[1]

The following two races saw both Clark and Hill hobbled by mechanical issues (the latter having retired at Zandvoort too with a problem), before the car and team came to their home race at Silverstone. A typical display by Clark saw him dance the 49 to victory from pole having led every lap, only denied a Grand Chelem by a tenth of a second, while Hill fell to an engine problem.[4] After both retired at the 1967 German Grand Prix, a third car was entered for the first Canadian Grand Prix, although Hill would be the only man to finish down in fourth.

The next race was at Monza 1967 Italian Grand Prix, where Clark once again dominated, having started from pole, lost a lap after a puncture before recovering to lead again a few laps from the end.[5] Yet, the Scot would be denied victory by a damaged fuel pump, which left the Brit to limp across the line in third after one of the greatest displays in F1 history.[5] It also ended any hopes for the Scot to win the Championship, although Clark would claim victory at the final two rounds of the season, with Hill backing him up with second at the 1967 United States Grand Prix.[6]

Players and Privateers: 1968Edit

Development Days: 1969Edit

Final Fling: 1970Edit

Race VictoriesEdit

No. Year Event Driver Notes
1 1967 Netherlands 1967 Dutch Grand Prix United Kingdom Jim Clark Won on debut.
2 1967 United Kingdom 1967 British Grand Prix United Kingdom Jim Clark First win from pole.
3 1967 United States 1967 United States Grand Prix United Kingdom Jim Clark
4 1967 Mexico 1967 Mexican Grand Prix United Kingdom Jim Clark Pole, fastest lap and victory.
5 1968 South Africa 1968 South African Grand Prix United Kingdom Jim Clark Last win for Clark.
6 1968 Spain 1968 Spanish Grand Prix United Kingdom Graham Hill
Lotus 49B
7 1968 Monaco 1968 Monaco Grand Prix United Kingdom Graham Hill
8 1968 United Kingdom 1968 British Grand Prix Switzerland Jo Siffert Last win for a privateer.
9 1968 Mexico 1968 Mexican Grand Prix United Kingdom Graham Hill Hill won the Drivers' World Championship.
10 1969 Monaco 1969 Monaco Grand Prix United Kingdom Graham Hill
11 1969 United States 1969 United States Grand Prix Austria Jochen Rindt First win for Rindt.
Lotus 49C
12 1970 Monaco 1970 Monaco Grand Prix Austria Jochen Rindt Last win for the 49.

Complete Formula One ResultsEdit

Entrant Tyre Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
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 1934-1968
Team Lotus F United Kingdom Jim Clark 1st 6th Ret 1st Ret Ret 3rd 1st 1st
United Kingdom Graham Hill Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th Ret 2nd Ret
Canada Eppie Wietzes DSQ
Italy Giancarlo Baghetti Ret
Mexico Moisés Solana Ret 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
Team Lotus F United Kingdom Jim Clark 1st
United Kingdom Graham Hill 2nd
Gold Leaf Team Lotus 1st 1st Ret 9th Ret Ret 2nd Ret 4th 2nd 1st
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver Ret 5th NC DNS Ret 11th Ret Ret DNS 3rd
United States Mario Andretti EXC Ret
Canada Bill Brack Ret
Mexico Moisés Solana Ret
Rob Walker Racing Team Switzerland Jo Siffert Ret Ret 7th Ret 11th 1st Ret Ret Ret 5th 6th
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
Gold Leaf Team Lotus F United Kingdom Graham Hill 2nd Ret 1st 7th 6th 7th 4th 9th Ret Ret
Austria Jochen Rindt Ret Ret Ret Ret 4th Ret 2nd 3rd 1st Ret
United States Mario Andretti Ret
United Kingdom Richard Attwood 4th
Rob Walker Racing Team Switzerland Jo Siffert 4th Ret 3rd 2nd 9th 8th 11th 8th Ret Ret Ret
Ecurie Bonnier Sweden Jo Bonnier Ret
Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. United States Pete Lovely 7th Ret 9th
Team Gunston D Rhodesia John Love 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
Gold Leaf Team Lotus
Garvey Team Lotus
World Wide Racing
F Austria Jochen Rindt 13th 1st Ret
United Kingdom John Miles 5th DNQ
Spain Alex Soler-Roig DNQ DNQ
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 8th 4th 15th
Rob Walker Racing Team
Brooke Bond Oxo Racing/Rob Walker
United Kingdom Graham Hill 6th 4th 5th Ret NC 10th 6th Ret
United Kingdom Brian Redman PO
Scuderia Scribante South Africa Dave Charlton 12th
Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. United States Pete Lovely DNQ DNQ NC DNQ
Team Gunston D Rhodesia John Love 8th

TriviaEdit


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 D.S.J., 'DUTCH GRAND PRIX: Team Lotus Return', motorsportmagazine.com, (MotorSport Magazine, 01/07/1967), http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/archive/article/july-1967/28/dutch-grand-prix, (Accessed 13/08/2016)
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