On Thursday evening at Hockenheim there was a small gathering in the circuit museum to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Formula 1 at the track. The first race took place in August 1970 after the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association refused to race at the Nurburgring because the organizers had failed to do safety work which had been requested. The race was a fight between Lotus’s Jochen Rindt and Ferrari’s Jacky Ickx. The pair changed places many times and it was not until the last few laps that Rindt was able to get an advantage and win by just 0.7 secs. It was Rindt’s fourth consecutive victory. The organisers used the event to launch a video about Rindt’s last summer, which came to an abrupt end in September in Monza. The event drew a number of Rindt’s friends and colleagues, notably Bernie Ecclestone (below) and Herbie Blash. The film, in German, will be shown later this summer on the TV channel Sat 3.
There were a handful of modern F1 drivers present, notably Bruno Senna (below), who took the opportunity to brush up on his racing history. He is seen here looking at Alberto Ascari’s Ferrari 500, which the Italian used to win two World Championships in 1952 and 1953.
My colleague David Tremayne recently finished a book on the life of Jochen Rindt, which will be published in September. The book, called “Jochen Rindt, Uncrowned King”, is being published by Haynes.