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1964 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICM)
Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
Champion Constructor: Scuderia/NART Ferrari (IT,2,12)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia/NART Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: John Surtees (GB,1,1)
Putative Driver: John Surtees (GB)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 158, 1.49-liter, eight-cylinder vee Tipo, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, six-speed, ventilated disc brakes, semi-monocoque chassis, wishbone independent suspension, 215 horsepower (Mauro Forghieri, Franco Rocchi, Vittorio Jano).

Scuderia Ferrari and Briton John Surtees take advantage of fortuitous circumstances in the season finale at Ciudad México in October to narrowly claim the 1964 Formula 1 constructors' and drivers' titles from the grasp of Lotus and driver Jim Clark. The remarkable second half resurgence by Surtees for his first series championship begins at the Nürburgring in August. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Brands Hatch in July. American Dan Gurney shows his winning form with crosses at Rouen in June and Mexico City in October. Constructor Honda makes its debut at the Nürburgring with American driver Ronnie Bucknam in August. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Zeltweg Airfield in August. Future F1 champion Jochen Rindt makes his debut at Zetweg in August. Departures: Count Carel Godin de Beaufort, 30, Maarsbergen, The Netherlands 1934, d. postrace practice, F1 GP Germany, Cologne, August.

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.

Scuderia/NART Ferrari83     Surtees55
Owen BRM80     Hill G54
Lotus Climax60     Clark J46
Brabham Climax26     Bandini29
Cooper Climax18     Ginther27
Walker Coop/Brab Clim/BRM8     Gurney27

Noteworthy 1964 Races

1964 XXII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1964 1964 XXII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (314.5 kilometers) in May, the race comes to a British Owen B.R.M. P261 under Graham Hill (GB) in 2:41:19.5 (average 72.68 mph), a lap ahead of a companion B.R.M. entry. Jim Clark breaks out first and maintains the lead until a broken suspension bar forces him into service on Lap 36. Dan Gurney in his Brabham and Hill next move to the point with Clark in hot pursuit, yet a fuel leak dooms the American at mid-race, leaving Hill only to fend off Clark, who later loses drive, for his second consecutive victory in the principality. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1964 XXIV Grote Prijs van Belgie Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium1964 1964 XXIV Grote Prijs van Belgie At Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgium Grand Prix (451 kilometers) in June, a British Lotus Climax under Jim Clark (GB) takes race honors in 2:06:40.5 (average 132.79 mph), under four seconds ahead of a Cooper driven by Bruce McLaren. With just one lap remaining, a stunned Clark watches all three lead cars ahead of him run out of fuel before he pushes his Lotus past slowing race leader McLaren with only twenty yards remaining. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
1964 III Gran Premio de México México City, México1964 1964 III Gran Premio de México At Ciudad México for the Mexican Grand Prix (325 kilometers) in October, a British Brabham Climax under Dan Gurney (US) takes the flag in 2:09:50.3 (average 93.32 mph), under sixty-nine seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by John Surtees. In a dramatic season finale in which series points leader Graham Hill, Jim Clark, or Surtees can each win the drivers' title, Clark and Gurney escape from the rest at the start with Hill in hot pursuit and Surtees back in the distance. Calamity strikes Hill on Lap 31 after a tangle with Lorenzo Bandini in his Ferrari sends the Briton into the ARMCO, costing him vital race position relative to Surtees. Clark seemingly speeds away to the championship until his Lotus suffers a disastrous engine failure with only two laps remaining, allowing Gurney through to the front. Recognizing the opportunity, Scuderia Ferrari orders second-running Bandini to allow Surtees through for the points, thus gifting the former motorcycle racing star the F1 drivers' title by a single point over Hill in a stunning result. Photo Credit: Alvis Upitis.
1964 II Daily Mirror Trophy Norfolk, England1964 1964 II Daily Mirror Trophy At Snetterton for the Daily Mirror Trophy (95 miles, non-championship) in March, a British Racing Partnership B.R.M. Mk 2 under Innes Ireland (GB) notches a victory in snow and sleet conditions in 1:12:53.4 (average 78.09 mph), twenty seconds ahead of a Cooper driven by Jo Bonnier. Ireland moves out front after passing Peter Arundell in his Lotus, who drops a gearbox on Lap 22, and finally race leader Bonnier with only nine laps remaining. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1964 I News of the World Trophy Chichester, England1964 1964 I News of the World Trophy At Goodwood for the News of the World Trophy race (101 miles, non-championship) in March, a British Lotus 25 Climax under Jim Clark (GB) bests the field in 0:57:39 (average 104.91 mph), over two laps ahead of a companion Lotus entry. Clark moves out front after race leader Graham Hill in his B.R.M. loses drive with only two laps remaining. Photo Credit: Peter Windsor Collection.
1964 XVI BRDC International Trophy Silverstone, England1964 1964 XVI BRDC International Trophy At Silverstone for the BRDC International Trophy race (152 miles, non-championship) in May, a British Brabham BT7 Climax under Jack Brabham (AU) crosses first in 1:22:45.2 (record average 110.35 mph), a car length ahead of a B.R.M. driven by Graham Hill. Brabham moves out front after passing race leader Hill on the final circuit. Photo Credit: