Joseph Siffert

 
In the 2007-08 A1 GP, at Brands Hatch, the A1 Team Switzerland car carried the message: “Jo ''Seppi'' Siffert, 40th Anniversary, Brands Hatch” |  This commemorated his 1968 British Grand Prix victory at Brands Hatch. |  He won the 1968 British Grand Prix, the last GP won by a privateer.

FACTFILE

Name: Joseph Siffert
Nickname: Seppi
DOB: Jul 7 1936
Place Of Birth: Fribourg
Nationality: Swiss
Most Races For: Lotus - 35
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PROFILE
Joseph Siffert

“Seppi”, as his family and close friends would call him, was a Swiss racing driver. Born on July 7, 1936 in Fribourg, Switzerland, Joseph Siffert began racing 350cc motorcycles in 1959. A Formula Junior driver, Siffert graduated to Formula One in 1962, in a four cylinder Lotus-Climax.

With Scuderia Filipinetti also getting a dose of his talent, in 1964, he joined Rob Walker’s team that went by the name of its owner. In the following years, he beat Jim Clark in a few non-Championship events and from 1964 to 1967 and later stayed on to race with the team without being on top of the charts. His best finish being a third place at the 1964 American Grand Prix.

In 1968, Siffert won his first race at Great Britain. His race was highlighted by the fact that he beat Chris Amon’s Ferrari, the fastest car on track. Siffert was more famous for his efforts in winning the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring in a Porsche 907. In 1969, he earned two podium finishes for the Rob Walker Racing Team and the following year, he raced for March Engineering without any credible performances. Another race victory came in 1971 for Seppi, racing for Yardley-BRM in the Austrian Grand Prix and a second place in the American Grand Prix followed.
His career was cut short soon after that race, while racing in the World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch, when suspension problems caused his car to crash. Siffert could not escape from his burning car and died a tragic death.

Not just one of the drivers in Formula One who lost their lives, Siffert was just getting up there, slowly working his way up through the charts when a twist in destiny took that chance away from him.

-Anup Pareek


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STATISTICS
YEARS
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
1962Lotus-300000
1963Lotus15th900001
1964Lotus, Brabham10th1000107
1965Brabham12th1000005
1966Brabham, Cooper14th800003
1967Cooper12th1000006
1968Lotus, Cooper7th12111312
1969Lotus9th11002015
1970March-1200000
1971BRM5th11112119
Total 96226468

Joseph Siffert - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAM-MATES)

Joseph Siffert - Season Performance

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  • In the 2007-08 A1 GP, at Brands Hatch, the A1 Team Switzerland car carried the message: “Jo ''Seppi'' Siffert, 40th Anniversary, Brands Hatch”
  • This commemorated his 1968 British Grand Prix victory at Brands Hatch.
  • He won the 1968 British Grand Prix, the last GP won by a privateer.

QUOTES ON JOSEPH SIFFERT

“The small b@#%*^d tries to leave me the track each time he can”
-Jo Siffert, on his rival Pedro Rodriguez.



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