Lotus 72 had a very long and successful career in F1 World Championship. This car in various modifications were used by Lotus for 6 years – from 1970 to 1975, bringing 20 wins, two drivers’ and three constructors’ titles to Colin Chapman’s team. In its debut season, 1970, 72, 72B and 72C modifications succeeded each other. Johen Rindt took 4 Grand Prix out of first 9 races of the championship and came to Italian GP in Monza in the comfortable lead. Because of high speed on Monza track Lotus, like many other teams, opted to drop the rear wings mounted on the cars to reduce drag and further increase speeds. On the second day of practice Rindt tested new gear rations changed due to reduced drag of wingless car, but on his 5th lap of the practice he fatally crashed to the guardrail on the approach to Parabolica corner. The results of the remaining Grand Prix did not changed Rindt ‘s position in the final table of the Drivers’ Championship making him F1 only posthumous World Champion.
|Johen Rindt||22||Gold Leaf Team Lotus|