Celebrating America's forgotten F1 winner
He is one of only five US drivers to have won a world championship grand prix, but the impressive career of Richie Ginther is often overlooked. The author of a new book celebrating his life, Motor Racing's Free Thinker, argues that he was better than he is credited for
One of the five Americans to win a Formula 1 World Championship grand prix once finished runner-up in the standings, gave Honda and Goodyear their first victory, took 14 podiums, and was also very successful in US sportscar racing.
He invented the rear spoiler, developed the iconic 'Sharknose' Ferrari 156, and is arguably F1's greatest test and development driver. Yet, despite all these achievements, Richie Ginther is somewhat forgotten.
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