Team Surtees was formed by four-time 500cc motorcycle champion and the 1964 Formula One champion John Surtees. The Surtees team was founded in 1966 for the newly formed CanAm series. In 1969 the team constructed its own first car for another newly formed series, Formula 5000. For the next season Team Surtees expanded to Formula One with Surtees himself as owner and driver. While in-house F1 car was in preparation, Surtees raced McLaren M7C in the first half of the season. The TS7 designed by John Surtees, Shahab Ahmed and Peter Connew and powered by Ford-Cosworth DFV engine made its debut at the 1970 British Grand Prix with Surtees driving. The team owner was able to get first points for his team in Canada, where he finished 5th. For the next race, the US Grand Prix, Surtees entered the second car for Derek Bell, 1970 European Formula Two Champion. Bell finished as high as 6th, which was to be his highest finish in the Formula One World Championship.
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