Post by Mark Jackson Post by Sir Tim
My son has been getting a bit bored with all the trolls writing that
“any driver could win the WDC in a Mercedes” so he decided to check
which drivers have won championships without being in the best team.
He defined the best team as the constructors' champion for that year,
which some people may not be able to accept, but then what’s the point
Year WDC Driver's Team Constructors Champion
2008 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Ferrari
1999 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes Ferrari
1994 Michael Schumacher Benneton-Ford Williams-Renault
1986 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Williams-Honda
1983 Nelson Piquet Brabbham-BMW Ferrari
1982 Keke Rosberg Williams-Ford Ferrari
1981 Nelson Piquet Brabbham-Ford Williams-Ford
1976 James Hunt McLaren-Ford Ferrari
1973 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Lotus-Ford
1958 Mike Hawthorn Ferrari Vanwall
In case anyone is about to say "yeah, but it's been twelve years since
the last one," note that it was fifteen years between the first two.
Yes. But the qualifications / technical structure on the
2 Championships, make it that it is difficult / unlikely
in most years, to split the two titles apart.
The results so often factor on a small event, and that
very often will throw both WCC & WDC the same way.
Idea, 1962 was a rather classic match up.
Graham Hill, a quite high quality good driver,
was in the new BRM, a quite quality good car.
Jim Clark was also having a good year. Clark in his
Lotus was most often quicker, but DNFed almost
half the time.
Hill, and his BRM, both had substantial leads in their
championships, but IF Clark and his Lotus could win
at South Africa, they each would win championships.
Clark led the race until lap 62, an oil leak from
a small part, put them out.
Both Hill and his BRM were worthy champions and well matched.
In 1963 and 1965 the Lotus had a good finishing record, and
so it, and Jim Clark easily won their championships.
In 1964 it was a very close 3 way fight, Hill in BRM,
Clark in Lotus, and Surtees in Ferrari all (6) could
have won their championships in Mexico the last race.
Small things = Bandini's Ferrari hit Hill, and slowed him
down to 6th place, and then on the last lap Clark's
Lotus lost an oil line, and both lost their potential
championships. Surtees and his Ferrari finished 2nd,
and that was enough for both, to win their championships.
("Best team" = all three were closely matched, but the
final results showed what they showed.)