January 2nd 2013

Countdown to 2013 Formula One season: 72 days

On This Day:
1967, and Mexican driver Pedro Rodriguez won at East London for Cooper in only his ninth Grand Prix. He took Cooper’s practice car despite objections from teammate Jochen Rindt, and won after Denny Hulme had a long pit stop, and Rhodesian driver John Love was forced to pit for fuel. Honda’s John Surtees finished third. Jim Clark, usually a successful driver on the track, retired on lap 22. It was the first Grand Prix for Piers Courage, and Cooper’s last victory in F1.

Stat of the Day:
Pedro Rodriguez is currently Mexico’s most successful driver, having won two grands prix. His first full season in F1 was 1968, when he finished three times on the podium for BRM. He only managed one more full season, in 1970, when he won the Belgian GP. Rodriguez was also a highly successful sports car driver in Porsches and Ferraris, but in 1971, he was killed in a race at the Norisring. 2013 boosts Mexico’s hope for another successful driver from the country, with Sergio Perez now at McLaren, and GP3 champ Esteban Gutierrez at Sauber.


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