F1 » Six of the Best: Winning Streaks


Ahead of the Abu Dhabu Grand Prix this weekend at the Yas Marina circuit, Crash.net columnist Will Saunders looks at winning streaks in his latest 'Six of the Best' feature...

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Taipan

October 30, 2013 11:04 AM

Hard to say which was Clark's best season but I'd probably go for the "other" one 1963.

On the podium at 90% of the races that year only bettered by Schumacher in 2002. The one race that he didn't podium was Monaco, where he led until lap 78 when his gearbox died.
Over the whole season he led 71.47% of all laps, still a record.
He notched up 3 grand chelems in 63 and did it again in 65.
The only race he didn't lead in '63 was the US GP, he qualified 2nd but his battery died and started last (20th) but made his way back to 3rd at the end.

His winning margins were also huge, almost 5 minutes at Spa, lapped everyone at Zandvoort, of his other 5 wins 4 were by over a minute.

Maybe the best season ever driven in F1.

richard

October 30, 2013 1:14 PM

enrico. correction...clark was the best at his particular point in time. there is no way to assess who is or was the greatest. times change.

ty. clark was good but don't forget, he was blessed by being in a car that was ahead of its time, and when lap times were separated by many seconds rather than split seconds.

Taipan

October 30, 2013 1:31 PM

Richard, It was a good car but in 63 and in 65 Clark qualified a second or more ahead of his nearest rival only once in each season, the rest of the time it was genuinely close. And remember tracks like Spa and The Ring were massive compared to today. Per mile of qualifying I'd say it was possibly closer than this year.
( please don't ask me to work it out!)

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