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1962 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICM)
Photo Credit: Owen Racing Organisation.
Champion Constructor: Owen BRM (GB,1,1)
Putative Constructor: Owen BRM (GB)
Champion Driver: Graham Hill (GB,1,1)
Putative Driver: Graham Hill (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model P57-8, 1.49-liter, eight-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, Dunlop disc brakes, five-speed, steel tubular spaceframe, double wishbone independent suspension, 200 horsepower (Peter Berthon, Aubrey Woods, Armherst Villiers, Tony Rudd).

Privateer Sir Alfred Owen with the B.R.M. P57-8 capture both the Formula 1 constructors' and drivers' titles for the first time in 1962 with a combination of brilliant driving from Graham Hill and some good fortune in the season finale at South Africa in December after primary title contending Cooper driver Jim Clark fails in the closing laps. Scuderia Ferrari loses crucial development ground on its British racing rivals in its own 'palace revolt' after an extended national strike in Italy leads to the permanent departure of key engineering personnel at Maranello. Australian Jack Brabham reaches new horizons after piloting an entry of his own make, the Brabham Climax, during the racing season. Reputed driving star Sir Stirling Moss suffers career-hindering injuries in a shunt at Aintree in April. German Porsche under American driver Dan Gurney breaks through for its maiden series victory at Rouen in July. F1 makes its inaugural visit to East London, South Africa in December. Departures: Ricardo Rodríguez de la Vega, 20, b. Mexico City 1942, at practice, d. GP Mexico, Mexico City, November. Racing Evolution: The ground breaking unified aluminum monocoque body/chassis developed by Colin Chapman for Lotus transforms global motorsport.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Owen BRM81     Hill G69
Cooper Climax56     Clark J45
Lotus Climax47     McLaren40
Scuderia Ferrari35     Surtees24
Lola Climax23     Gurney20
Porsche22     Hill P18

Noteworthy 1962 Races

1962 V Cape Grand Prix Killarney, South Africa1962 1962 V Cape Grand Prix At Killarney for the Cape Grand Prix (196 kilometers) in January, the race comes to British Lotus 21 Climax under Trevor Taylor (GB) in 1:30:54.0 (average 81.51 mph), under a second (.60) ahead of a companion Lotus driven by Jim Clark. Taylor moves out front after race leader Clark spins out with only ten laps remaining. Taylor, the surprise new leader, skillfully holds off hard charging Clark over the closing kilometers for a narrow and dramatic victory. Photo Credit:
1962 XV BRDC International Trophy Silverstone, England1962 1962 XV BRDC International Trophy At Silverstone for the BRDC Trophy Race (152 miles, non-championship) in late May, a British Owen B.R.M. under Graham Hill (GB) takes race honors in heavy rains in 1:31:34.2 (average 99.74 mph), under a tenth of a second ahead of a Lotus driven by Jim Clark. Hill, in hot pursuit of race leader Clark over the closing laps, cuts twenty-one seconds off the lead margin on the penultimate lap before both drivers race wheel-to-wheel over the final circuit with Hill nosing out Clark by half a car length at the wire. Photo Credit:
1962 XX Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1962 1962 XX Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (314.5 kilometers) in June, a British Cooper T60 Climax under Bruce McLaren (NZ) notches a victory in 2:46:29.7 (average 70.41 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Phil Hill. Graham Hill in his B.R.M. moves out front ahead of race leader Bruce McLaren in his Cooper after the first stop for service and seemingly holds the contest in hand before his entry loses drive with only seven laps remaining. McLaren again regains the lead and holds off a furious charge by American Phil Hill that just falls short of reaching the Kiwi at the wire. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1962 IX International RAC Grand Prix of South Africa East London, South Africa1962 1962 IX International RAC Grand Prix of South Africa At East London for the Grand Prix (321.5 kilometers) in December, a British Owen B.R.M. under Graham Hill (GB) takes the flag in 2:08:03.3 (average 93.58 mph), under fifty seconds ahead of a Cooper entry. Race leader and championship contender Jim Clark loses out on his F1 title chances after his entry springs an oil leak with twenty-one laps remaining, leaving the spoils to Hill and privateer outfit Owen B.R.M. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.