Category: F1 World Champions

Philip Toll Hill Jr. “Phil Hill” (USA) World Champion: 1961 Born on April 20, 1927 in Miami, USA Died: 28 August 2008 in Salinas, USA

Philip Toll Hill Jr. “Phil Hill” (USA) World Champion: 1961 Born on April 20, 1927 in Miami, USA Died: 28 August 2008 in Salinas, USA   The first Yankee   The career of Phil Hill and Mario Andretti, the two world champions of America, is intertwined through sad parallels, because neither of them could celebrate…


Karl-Jochen Rindt (Austria) World Champion: 1970

Karl-Jochen Rindt (Austria) World Champion: 1970 Born on 18 April 1942 in Mainz, Germany Died 5 September 1970 Milan, Italy   The posthumous champion   Many thought about Rindt that he was pushing the boundaries, and although he was regarded as one of the fastest drivers, bu because of the many accidents and, immature racer…


John Michael ‘Mike’ Hawthorn (UK) World Champion: 1958

John Michael ‘Mike’ Hawthorn (UK) World Champion: 1958 Born on 10 April 1929 in Mexborough, United Kingdom Died: 22 January 1959 in Guildford, United Kingdom   The fragile butterfly   Mike Hawthorn, the first world champion of the British, could not have been in Formula 1 today, because of his state of health. He had…


Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve (Canada) World Champion: 1997

Jacques Joseph Charles Villeneuve (Canada) World Champion: 1997 Born on 9 April 1971 in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada   One succeeds…   Jacques had to break out of the shadow of one of Formula One idols, as his father, Gilles, was the most distinctive personality of the sport in the late 70s and early 80s, and his…


James ‘Jim’ Clark (UK) World Champion: 1963, 1965

James ‘Jim’ Clark (UK) World Champion: 1963, 1965 Born: March 4, 1936 in Kilmany, UK (Scotland) Died on 7 April 1968 in Hockenheim, Germany   Farmer on four wheels   Jim Clark, long before Prost, was the first professor of Formula 1. Clark always knew where his limits were, he was very precise, accurate, almost…


Sir John Arthur ‘Jack’ Brabham (Australia) World Champion: 1959, 1960, 1966 Born on April 2, 1926 in Hurstville, Australia Died: 19 May 2014 Robina, Australia

Black Jack   The world would never have known the name of Jack Brabham if a car dealer was honest. It happened that they wanted to go with their father to transport, and they were looking for a truck for this purpose. They also bargained with the merchant in question, and eventually the deal was…