The story behind Ferrari's dominant 'shark'

The story behind Ferrari's dominant 'shark'

It was ahead of the game when Formula 1 downsized to 1.5-litre engines, and Ferrari's striking 156 'Sharknose' went on to dominate in 1961. JAKE BOXALL-LEGGE analyses the car that enabled the Scuderia to take a first constructors' crown to go with Phil Hill's drivers' title

Anyone who thinks today's Mercedes supremacy is tiresome won't view Ferrari's stranglehold on the 1961 season so fondly.

The Scuderia's performance at that year's British Grand Prix - the last time a team locked out the podium in its entirety - was a paragon of dominance, braving tough weather conditions to clinch a 1-2-3 finish.

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