Jochen Rindt (Race Car Driver)
Jochen Rindt

Karl Jochen Rindt was a German-born racing driver who represented Austria during his career. In 1970, he was killed during practice for the Italian Grand Prix and became the only driver to be posthumously awarded the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. Rindt started motor racing in 1961. Switching to single-seaters in 1963, he was successful in both Formula Junior and Formula Two. In 1964, Rindt made his debut in Formula One at the Austrian Grand Prix, before securing a full drive with Cooper for 1965. After mixed results with the team, he moved to Brabham for 1968 and then Lotus in 1969. It was at Lotus that Rindt found a competitive car, although he was often concerned about the safety of the notoriously unreliable Lotus vehicles. He won his first Formula One race at the 1969 United States Grand Prix. He had a very successful 1970 season, mainly racing the revolutionary Lotus 72, and won five of the first nine races.

Born: Karl Jochen Rindt, April 18, 1942, Mainz, Volksstaat Hessen, Germany
Died: September 5, 1970, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Lombardy, Italy
Nationality: Austrian
Active years: 1964–1970
Teams: Rob Walker (Privateer Brabham), Cooper, Brabham, Lotus
Entries: 62 (60 starts)
Championships: 1 (1970)
Wins: 6
Podiums: 13
Career points: 107 (109)
Pole positions: 10
Fastest laps: 3
First entry: 1964 Austrian Grand Prix
First win: 1969 United States Grand Prix
Last win: 1970 German Grand Prix
Last entry: 1970 Italian Grand Prix
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About Jochen Rindt

Late race car driver from Germany who won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1965. He suffered a fatal car crash while practicing for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix.

Before Fame

He grew up in Austria and won the 1964 London Trophy as a Formula Two racer.


In 1970, he became the first driver ever win to Formula One World Drivers’ Championship posthumously.

Family Life

He was raised by his grandmother after his parents were killed in a bombing during World War II.


He and Ayrton Senna da Silva are both Formula One Drivers who died while racing.

Information related to Jochen Rindt

  • Austrian Formula One drivers
  • Rob Walker Racing Team Formula One drivers
  • Formula One World Drivers’ Champions
  • Cooper Formula One drivers
  • Brabham Formula One drivers
  • Tasman Series drivers
  • Team Lotus Formula One drivers
  • Racing drivers from Rhineland-Palatinate
  • 24 Hours of Le Mans winning drivers
  • Trans-Am Series drivers
  • Racing drivers killed while racing
  • World Sportscar Championship drivers

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Latest information about Jochen Rindt updated on September 04, 2020.

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