Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner
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Remembering Switzerland’s first F1 winner

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Stepping up to F1 in 1962, Jo Siffert shone with Rob Walker Racing Team and BRM before his career was abruptly ended in a fatal crash at Brands Hatch in 1971. On the 50th anniversary of his death, Autosport recalls the career of an F1 and sportscar ace gone before his time

“As soon as the race ended I ran through the tunnel into the pitlane. I saw Rob Walker walking towards me with tears down his face.”

Former Autosport editor Simon Taylor was at the 1971 World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch when Jo Siffert was killed. Although the 35-year-old Swiss was a BRM driver, Taylor knew that there was a special relationship between Siffert and the successful privateer team boss.

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