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1963 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICM)
Photo Credit: Bernard Cahier.
Champion Constructor: Lotus Climax (GB,1,1)
Putative Constructor: Lotus Climax (GB)
Champion Driver: Jim Clark (GB,1,1)
Putative Driver: Jim Clark (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 25, 1.49-liter, eight-cylinder vee FWMV, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, five-speed, Girling disc brakes, fiberglass/monocoque chassis, double wishbone/reverse wishbone independent suspension, 200 horsepower (Colin Chapman).

Lotus wins its maiden Formula 1 constructors' title in 1963 behind the dominating performance of driver Jim Clark, who snares an unprecedented seven season victories to comfortably secure his first drivers' crown. The ATS team, comprised of former 'palace revolt' Scuderia Ferrari personnel and driver Phil Hill, score no series points during a miserable racing season. Rumors swiftly spread of pending merger discussions between Ford Motor Company and Scuderia Ferrari. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Ciudad México in October. New Racing Makes: New Zealand-British McLaren. Racing Evolution: Fibreglass component body/monocoque chassis (Lotus). Bucket seat for racing (Corbeau).

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.

Lotus Climax98     Clark J104
Owen BRM84     Hill G44
Brabham Climax40     Ginther42
Scuderia Ferrari33     Surtees29
Cooper Climax32     Gurney24
BRP Lotus/BRM9     McLaren21

Noteworthy 1963 Races

1963 XXI Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1963 1963 XXI Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (314.5 kilometers) in May, a British Owen B.R.M. P57 under Graham Hill (GB) takes race honors in 2:41:49.7 (average 72.34 mph), under five seconds ahead of a companion B.R.M. driven by Richie Ginther. After Jim Clark gets away at the start in his Lotus, Hill and John Surtees in his Ferrari dice one another until Surtees begins to lose oil pressure and Hill gets around for a final shot at Clark. Clark seemingly holds the race in hand until his drops a gearbox with twenty-two laps remaining, gifting the contest to a jubilant Hill and B.R.M. Photo Credit: Bernard Cahier.
1963 XXV Grosser Preis von Deutschland Mayen, West Germany1963 1963 XXV Grosser Preis von Deutschland At the Nürburgring for the German Grand Prix (342 kilometers) in August, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 156/63 under John Surtees (GB) bests the field in 2:13:06.8 (record average 95.70 mph), under seventy- eight seconds ahead of a Lotus entry. Clark appears on his way to his fifth consecutive victory before dropping a cylinder with eleven laps remaining, and Surtees sweeps in for his maiden F1 cross. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.