Surtees TS9, used in 1971-72 F1 seasons was designed by John Surtees and Peter Connew. Actually the TS9 was no more than a slightly improved version of the TS7. The minor differences were in a lower and squatter monocoque and a longer wheelbase. Later in Monza a TS9A, a revised version which features sidepod radiators and a streamlined nose, was appeared. In 1971 Rob Walker, the owner of the most successful private F1 team agreed to combine with John Surtees instead continuing to run his own team. So, Surtees inherited the sponsorship of Brooke Bond Oxo tea company, along with its blue and white painting. Second works car was entered for Rolf Stommelen under the sponsorship of Auto Motor und Sport magazine. Both Surtees and Stommelen were able to get couple of point finishes each, but the best season’s result was achieved by part-time driver Mike Hailwood who finished 4th at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. John Surtees also drove his car to the 3rd place at the non-championship Race of Champions at Brands Hatch.
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