Jochen Rindt: Gone all too soon

Jochen Rindt: Gone all too soon

In the 40th anniversary of his death, Tony Dodgins remembers 1970 world champion Jochen Rindt

As I write, it's 40 years to the day since Jochen Rindt, the sport's only posthumous world champion, was killed at Monza. It seems like yesterday and every time I go to Monza or see Parabolica, it brings it back.

It was seeing the '69 British GP on TV, and Rindt's fabulous dice with Jackie Stewart that hooked me on motor racing. I became a huge Jackie fan but in 1970 his March wasn't really competitive and Jochen had that fabulous Lotus 72 and had taken amazing (at least at Monaco) last lap victories at Monte Carlo and Brands Hatch – both among the three races we got courtesy of the BBC in those days.

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