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1966 FIA Formula 1 Season (ICM)
Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
Champion Constructor: BRO Brabham Repco (AU,1,1)
Putative Constructor: BRO Brabham Repco (AU)
Champion Driver: Jack Brabham (AU,3,3)
Putative Driver: Jack Brabham (AU)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model BT20, 2.99-liter, eight-cylinder vee Repco, aluminum engine, SOHC, fuel injection, five-speed, disc brakes, fibreglass/spaceframe chassis, double wishbone independent suspension, 290 horsepower (Ron Tauranac, Frank Hallam, Phil Irving, John Judd).

The FIA in 1966 increases its engine displacement limit for power units to three liters. The Australian-British Brabham Repco BT20 entry reveals the engineering genius of Jack Brabham and Ron Tauranac as the team runs away with the 1966 Formula 1 season for its maiden constructors' title. Brabham, who wins his third drivers' crown and first since the 1960 season, impressively becomes the only F1 pilot to capture the same with an entry of his own name and make. Ludovico Scarfiotti of Scuderia Ferrari becomes the first Italian driver to prevail before the tifosi at Monza since the 1952 season. Film director John Frankenheimer makes use of the 1966 season as the backdrop for his memorable racing classic film Grand Prix. Departures: John Taylor, 33, b. Anstay, England 1933, d. postrace F1 GP Germany, Mayen, September. New Racing Makes: American Gurney Eagle.

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.

Brabham Repco82     Brabham J62
Cooper Maserati56     Surtees39
Scuderia Ferrari55     Rindt29
Owen BRM38     Hulme23
Lotus Climax/BRM21     Hill G21
Gurney Eagle Climax4     Stewart J17
Parnell Lotus BRM4     Parkes17

Noteworthy 1966 Races

1966 XXIV Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1966 1966 XXIV 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 Jackie Stewart (GB) in 2:33:10.5 (average 76.55 mph), under forty-one seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Stewart moves out front after race leader John Surtees in his Ferrari drops a differential on Lap 14 and the Scotsman motors away for a comfortable victory. Privateer Sir Alfred Owen ascends as the all-time constructor victor in the event with his fourth consecutive cross at Monte Carlo. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1966 XII Grote Prijs Van Belgie Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium1966 1966 XII Grote Prijs Van Belgie At Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix (395 kilometers) in June, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari 312 under John Surtees (GB) takes race honors in 2:09:11.3 (average 113.94 mph), under forty-three seconds ahead of a Cooper entry. Heavy rains at the start create chaos and wreckage at Bourneville on the opening lap that eliminates the cream of the field in an instant as Jochen Rindt in his Cooper and Surtees escape for the race lead. Surtees gingerly follows Rindt on his wet line until the track begins to dry in the later stages, allowing Surtees to use his superior handling to move past the Austrian with only five laps remaining. Jackie Stewart, collected in the Lap 1 melée, remains trapped in his overturned entry for over twenty minutes before drivers Graham Hill and Bob Bondurant manage to extract him from the wreckage before the same goes aflame. Surtees wins on the circuit for the first time since the 1964 season. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1966 LII Grand Prix de l'ACF Reims, France1966 1966 LII Grand Prix de l'ACF At Reims for the French Grand Prix (399 kilometers) in July, a British Brabham Repco BT19 under Jack Brabham (AU) takes the flag in 1:48:31.3 (average 136.90 mph), under ten seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Mike Parkes. Brabham moves out front after race leader Lorenzo Bandini in his Ferrari suffers a broken throttle linkage with seventeen laps remaining. Brabham races on to his first F1 victory since 1960 and becomes the first pilot to win a Grand Prix with an entry under his own name and make. Photo Credit: Klemantaski Collection.