Jim CLARK & COLiN CHAPmAN
CLARK & CHAPMAN BY THE NUMBERS
Jim Clark’s entire Formula 1 career was spent with Team Lotus. His first F1 World Championship start was a DNF in the 1960
Dutch Grand Prix, and his 72nd and final one was victory in the ’ 68 South African GP, a little over three months before his death.
As well as 25 wins
from 72 F1 World
starts, it’s obligatory
to mention that Jim
Clark was second
only once – the ’ 63
German GP, when
his Climax V8 lost a
cylinder and Ferrari’s
John Surtees was
there to pounce.
Statistically, 1963, the first
of Jim Clark’s two World
Championships with Lotus,
was his most dominant,
with seven wins from 10
starts. But for his second
in ’ 65, the Scot won the
first six races he started
(Lotus skipped Monaco for
the Indy 500, which Clark
won), then didn’t score a
point in the final three.
F1 HIT RATE
WORLD CH’SHIP RECORD
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
introduced the fully-stressed monocoque
chassis into F1, was a case in point.
Monocoque construction wasn’t a new
concept, but Chapman’s application of it to
the 25 in 1962 not only brought Jim Clark
14 grand prix wins and the ’ 63 World
Championship, but revolutionized the sport.
The list goes on. The Lotus 49 of 1967
wasn’t the first F1 car to use the engine as
a stressed member; the Lancia D50, BRM
P83 and Lotus 43 predated it, but the 49
was in the vanguard of the integrated
packaging that is so crucial in F1 today. Jim
Hall really made wings work on racecars,
but Chapman brought them successfully to
F1, together with Ron Tauranac and Mauro
Forghieri. Hall also harnessed ground
effects; Chapman made them work in F1.
Clark, meanwhile, was peerless, the
standout driver of his generation and, for
many, the greatest ever. He could drive
anything, anywhere, and his fluid style and
ability to subconsciously adapt to differing
situations enabled him to get the best
from anything Chapman gave him to drive.
His outstanding sensitivity at the wheel
also made him the perfect nursemaid
– witness his victories in the 1966 U.S. GP
with the fragile BRM H16-engined Lotus
43 and again in ’ 67 with a broken 49.
Chapman would give him the
equipment, Clark would drive it and relay
his impressions accurately and concisely
to him so that Chapman could improve it
where necessary. They had implicit trust
in each other and that was the secret to
their astonishingly successful relationship,
along with strong mutual respect.
Chapman regarded Clark as a brother.
His death at Hockenheim, April 7, 1968, all
but destroyed the Lotus founder. He hadn’t
been in Germany, but was on a family skiing
vacation in St. Moritz. He didn’t attend the
non-championship International Trophy
race at Silverstone either, where there was
a minute’s silence on the grid, nor the
Spanish GP where Hill, in the single Team
Lotus entry, scored an historic triumph. But
when Hill won at Monaco, where Chapman
wanted to oversee the debut of the Lotus
49B, his enthusiasm was gradually rekindled.
Chapman hired Jochen Rindt as Clark’s
true replacement, but in 1969 theirs was a
Spa-Francorchamps, 1962: Jim Clark
eases his Lotus 25 across the finish
line for his first grand prix victory.
Arms aloft, a triumphant Colin
Chapman celebrates the first of many.
(ABOVE) Jim Clark
at the 1963 South
African GP at the East
London circuit, the
venue for a seventh
and final victory in his
winning season with
Lotus and Chapman.
“They had implicit trust in
each other and that was the
secret to their astonishingly