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John Surtees
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John Surtees
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom

Grand Prix motorcycle racing career
Active years 1952 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season - 1960 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Teams Norton (motorcycle), MV Agusta
Grands Prix 49
List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions 350cc - 1958 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season,1959 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season,1960 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
500cc- 1956 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season,1958 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season,1959 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season,1960 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Wins 38
Podium finishes    45
Pole position N/A
Fastest lap N/A
First Grand Prix 1952 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 500cc Ulster Grand Prix
First win 1955 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 250cc Ulster Grand Prix
Last win 1960 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 500cc Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix 1960 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 500cc Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
Formula One World Championship career
Active years1960 Formula One season - 1972 Formula One season
TeamsTeam Lotus, Cooper Car Company, Lola Racing Cars, Ferrari, Honda Racing F1, BRM, McLaren, Surtees
Races113 (111 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions1 (1964 Formula One season)
Wins6
Podiums24
Career points180
Pole position8
Fastest lap10
First race1960 Monaco Grand Prix
First win1963 German Grand Prix
Last win1967 Italian Grand Prix
Last race1972 Italian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years1963 24 Hours of Le Mans1965 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans
TeamsScuderia Ferrari
Lola Racing Cars/Surtees
Best finish3rd (1964 24 Hours of Le Mans)
Class wins0

John Surtees, Order of the British Empire (born February 11 1934) is a former Grand Prix motorcycle racing Motorcycle Road racing and Formula One driver from England. He remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels. He is also the ambassador of the Racing Steps Foundation.

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Motorcycle racing career


Born in Tatsfield, Surrey, Surtees was the son of a south London motorcycle dealer. He had his first professional outing in the sidecar of his father's Vincent Motorcycle, which they won. However, when race officials discovered Surtees' age, they were disqualified. He entered his first race at 15 in a Grasstrack competition. In 1950, when he was 16, he joined Vincent as an apprentice; whilst with them he bought his first car, a Jowett Jupiter. He made his first headlines in 1951 when he gave Norton (motorcycle) star Geoff Duke a strong challenge in an AutoCycle Union race at the Thruxton Circuit.

In 1955, Norton race chief Joe Craig gave Surtees his first factory sponsored ride aboard the Nortons. He finished the year by beating reigning world champion Duke at Silverstone Circuit and then at Brands Hatch. However, with Norton in financial trouble and uncertain about their racing plans, Surtees accepted an offer to race MV Agusta.

In 1956 Surtees won the List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions. In this he was assisted by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme decision to ban Geoff Duke for six months because of his support for a riders' strike for more starting money. In the 1957 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season season, the MV Agustas were no match for the Gilera and Surtees battled to a third place finish.

When Gilera and Moto Guzzi pulled out of Grand Prix racing at the end of 1957 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season, Surtees and MV Agusta went on to dominate the competition in the two big classes. In 1958, 1959 and 1960, he won 32 out of 39 races and became the first man to win the Senior TT at the Isle of Man TT three years in succession.

John Surtees at the 1965 1000 km Nürburgring.
John Surtees (left) and Mauro Forghieri in 1965

Racing car career


In 1960 Formula One season, at the age of 26, Surtees switched from motorcycles to cars full time, making his Formula 1 debut racing for Team Lotus in the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. He made an immediate impact with a second place finish in only his second Formula One race, at the 1960 British Grand Prix, and a pole position at his third race, the 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix. After spending the 1961 Formula One season season with the Cooper Car Company racing team and the 1962 Formula One season season with Reg Parnell Racing, he moved to Scuderia Ferrari in 1963 and won the World Championship for the Italy team in 1964 Formula One season.

On September 25, 1965, Surtees had a life-threatening accident at the Mosport Circuit (Ontario, Canada) whilst practicing a Lola Can-Am car. The front wishbone had broken. Surtees made a full recovery and went back in 1966 to the Can Am series and became champion defeating the Chaparral Cars.

The 1966 Formula One season saw the introduction of a new, larger 3-litre engines to Formula One. Surtees' debut with Ferrari's new F1 car was at the 1966 BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone, where he qualified and finished a close second behind Jack Brabham's 3-litre Brabham BT19. A few weeks later, Surtees led the Monaco Grand Prix, pulling away from Jackie Stewart's 2-litre BRM on the straights, before the engine failed. A fortnight later Surtees survived the first lap rainstorm which eliminated half the field and won the 1966 Belgian Grand Prix.

Surtees arrived at the 1966 Le Mans 24 hours expecting to be partnered with Mike Parkes, instead Ferrari team manager Eugenio Dragoni had put "big John" with Ludovico Scarfiotti. Surtees was not happy and quit Ferrari. Surtees finished the season driving for the Cooper Car Company-Maserati team, winning the last race of the season and finishing second in the drivers' championship, 14 points behind Brabham.

Surtees moved to the new Japanese Honda F1 team for the 1967 Formula One season. He took pole position for the non-championship Race of Champions (Brands Hatch) at Brands Hatch, but the car's V12 engine suffered from reliability problems in the race. At the 1967 Italian Grand Prix Surtees Drafting (aerodynamics) Denny Hulme to take Honda's second F1 victory by 0.2 seconds. Surtees finished fourth in the 1967 drivers' championship.

The same year, Surtees drove in the Rex Mays 300 at Riverside International Raceway, near Los Angeles, in a United States Auto Club season-ending road race. This event pitted the best American drivers of the day — normally those who had cut their teeth as professional drivers on oval dirt tracks — against veteran Formula One Grand Prix drivers, including Jim Clark and Dan Gurney.

In 1970 Formula One season, Surtees formed his own race team, the Surtees, and spent nine seasons competing in Formula 5000, Formula 2 and Formula 1 as a constructor. He retired from competitive driving in 1972 Formula One season, the same year the team had their greatest success when Mike Hailwood won the European Formula 2 Championship. The team was finally disbanded at the end of 1978 Formula One season.

After Formula One


John Surtees in 2006

In 1996, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. The FIM honored him as a Grand Prix "Legend" in 2003. He continues his involvement in motorcycling, participating in classic bike events with bikes from his stable of vintage racing machines. He also remains involved in single-seater racing cars and held the position of chairman of A1 Team Great Britain, in the A1 Grand Prix racing series from 2005-7. His son, Henry Surtees, currently competes in the Formula Renault UK Championship, having previously raced in the Formula BMW UK championship for Carlin Motorsport.[1]

Already a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[2]

Motorcycle Grand Prix Statistics

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6
Points 8 6 4 3 2 1
Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Points Rank Wins
1952 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 500cc Norton (motorcycle) SWI
1952 Isle of Man TT
Dutch TT
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
German motorcycle Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix
1
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix
1 18th 0
1955 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 250cc NSU Motorenwerke AG French motorcycle Grand Prix
1955 Isle of Man TT
German motorcycle Grand Prix
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
Dutch TT
Ulster Grand Prix
8
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
8 7th 1
350cc Norton (motorcycle) 1955 Isle of Man TT
3
German motorcycle Grand Prix
4
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
Dutch TT
Ulster Grand Prix
4
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
11 6th 0
1956 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 350cc MV Agusta 1956 Isle of Man TT
Dutch TT
6
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
German motorcycle Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
14 4th 1
500cc MV Agusta 1956 Isle of Man TT
8
Dutch TT
8
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
German motorcycle Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
24 List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions 3
1957 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 350cc MV Agusta German motorcycle Grand Prix
1957 Isle of Man TT
3
Dutch TT
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
3 10th 0
500cc MV Agusta German motorcycle Grand Prix
1957 Isle of Man TT
6
Dutch TT
8
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
3
17 3rd 1
1958 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 350cc MV Agusta 1958 Isle of Man TT
8
Dutch TT
8
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
German motorcycle Grand Prix
8
Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix
8
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
48 List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions 6
500cc MV Agusta 1958 Isle of Man TT
8
Dutch TT
8
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
German motorcycle Grand Prix
8
Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix
Ulster Grand Prix
8
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
48 List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions 6
1959 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 350cc MV Agusta French motorcycle Grand Prix
8
1959 Isle of Man TT
8
German motorcycle Grand Prix
8
Swedish motorcycle Grand Prix
8
Ulster Grand Prix
8
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
48 List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions 6
500cc MV Agusta French motorcycle Grand Prix
8
1959 Isle of Man TT
8
German motorcycle Grand Prix
8
Dutch TT
8
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
Ulster Grand Prix
8
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
56 List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions 7
1960 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season 350cc MV Agusta French motorcycle Grand Prix
4
1960 Isle of Man TT
6
Dutch TT
8
Ulster Grand Prix
8
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
26 List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions 2
500cc MV Agusta French motorcycle Grand Prix
8
1960 Isle of Man TT
8
Dutch TT
Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
German motorcycle Grand Prix
8
Ulster Grand Prix
6
Italian motorcycle Grand Prix
8
46 List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions 5

Complete World Championship Formula One results

(F1 driver results legend 2) (Races in bold indicate pole position; Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Points
1960 Formula One season Team Lotus Team Lotus Lotus 18 Coventry Climax Straight-4 1960 Argentine Grand Prix
1960 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1960 Indianapolis 500
1960 Dutch Grand Prix
1960 Belgian Grand Prix
1960 French Grand Prix
1960 British Grand Prix
2
1960 Portuguese Grand Prix
Ret
1960 Italian Grand Prix
1960 United States Grand Prix
Ret
14th 6
1961 Formula One season Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper Car Company Cooper T53 Coventry Climax Straight-4 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1961 Dutch Grand Prix
7
1961 Belgian Grand Prix
5
1961 French Grand Prix
Ret
1961 British Grand Prix
Ret
1961 German Grand Prix
5
1961 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1961 United States Grand Prix
Ret
12th 4
1962 Formula One season Bowmaker-Yeoman Racing Team Lola Racing Cars Lola Mk4 Coventry Climax V8 engine 1962 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1962 Monaco Grand Prix
4
1962 Belgian Grand Prix
5
1962 French Grand Prix
5
1962 British Grand Prix
2
1962 German Grand Prix
2
1962 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1962 South African Grand Prix
Ret
4th 19
Lola Racing Cars Lola Mk4 1962 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1963 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 156 Ferrari V6 1963 Monaco Grand Prix
4
1963 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1963 Dutch Grand Prix
3
1963 French Grand Prix
Ret
1963 British Grand Prix
2
1963 German Grand Prix
1
1963 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1963 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1963 Mexican Grand Prix
DSQ
1963 South African Grand Prix
Ret
4th 22
1964 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 158 Ferrari V8 engine 1964 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1964 Dutch Grand Prix
2
1964 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1964 French Grand Prix
Ret
1964 British Grand Prix
3
1964 German Grand Prix
1
1964 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1964 Italian Grand Prix
1
1st 40
North American Racing Team 1964 United States Grand Prix
2
1964 Mexican Grand Prix
2
1965 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 158 Ferrari V8 engine 1965 South African Grand Prix
2
1965 Monaco Grand Prix
4
1965 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1965 French Grand Prix
3
5th 17
Ferrari 1512 Ferrari Flat-12 1965 British Grand Prix
3
1965 Dutch Grand Prix
7
1965 German Grand Prix
Ret
1965 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1965 United States Grand Prix
1965 Mexican Grand Prix
1966 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312/66 Ferrari V12 1966 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1966 Belgian Grand Prix
1
2nd 28
Cooper Car Company Cooper Car Company Cooper T81 Maserati V12 1966 French Grand Prix
Ret
1966 British Grand Prix
Ret
1966 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1966 German Grand Prix
2
1966 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1966 United States Grand Prix
3
1966 Mexican Grand Prix
1
1967 Formula One season Honda Racing F1 Honda Racing F1 Honda RA273 Honda Racing F1 V12 1967 South African Grand Prix
3
1967 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1967 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1967 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1967 French Grand Prix
1967 British Grand Prix
6
1967 German Grand Prix
4
1967 Canadian Grand Prix
4th 20
Honda Racing F1 Honda RA300 1967 Italian Grand Prix
1
1967 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1967 Mexican Grand Prix
4
1968 Formula One season Honda Racing F1 Honda Racing F1 Honda RA300 Honda Racing F1 V12 1968 South African Grand Prix
8
7th 12
Honda Racing F1 Honda RA301 1968 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1968 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1968 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1968 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1968 French Grand Prix
2
1968 British Grand Prix
5
1968 German Grand Prix
Ret
1968 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1968 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1968 United States Grand Prix
3
1968 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1969 Formula One season Owen Racing Organisation BRM BRM P138 BRM V12 1969 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1969 Spanish Grand Prix
5
1969 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1969 Dutch Grand Prix
9
1969 French Grand Prix
11th 6
BRM BRM P139 1969 British Grand Prix
Ret
1969 German Grand Prix
DNS
1969 Italian Grand Prix
NC
1969 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1969 United States Grand Prix
3
1969 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1970 Formula One season Surtees Team McLaren McLaren M7C Cosworth V8 engine 1970 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1970 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1970 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1970 Belgian Grand Prix
1970 Dutch Grand Prix
6
1970 French Grand Prix
18th 3
Surtees Surtees TS7 1970 British Grand Prix
Ret
1970 German Grand Prix
9
1970 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1970 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1970 Canadian Grand Prix
5
1970 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1970 Mexican Grand Prix
8
1971 Formula One season Brooke Bond Oxo (food) / Surtees Surtees Surtees TS9 Cosworth V8 engine 1971 South African Grand Prix
Ret
1971 Spanish Grand Prix
11
1971 Monaco Grand Prix
7
1971 Dutch Grand Prix
5
1971 French Grand Prix
8
1971 British Grand Prix
6
1971 German Grand Prix
7
1971 Austrian Grand Prix
Ret
1971 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1971 Canadian Grand Prix
11
1971 United States Grand Prix
17
19th 3
1972 Formula One season Surtees Surtees Surtees TS14 Cosworth V8 engine 1972 Argentine Grand Prix
1972 South African Grand Prix
1972 Spanish Grand Prix
1972 Monaco Grand Prix
1972 Belgian Grand Prix
1972 French Grand Prix
1972 British Grand Prix
1972 German Grand Prix
1972 Austrian Grand Prix
1972 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1972 Canadian Grand Prix
1972 United States Grand Prix
DNS
NC 0

Footnotes

  1. "How to become F1 champion". Sarah Holt. www.bbc.co.uk. 2007-08-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/6946783.stm. Retrieved on 2007-08-22. 
  2. London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729, p. 13, 14 June 2008.

References

  • 50 Years Of Moto Grand Prix (1st edition). Hazelton Publishing Ltd, 1999. ISBN 1-874557-83-7

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Geoff Duke
List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions
1956
Succeeded by
Libero Liberati
Preceded by
Libero Liberati
List of Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champions
1958-1960
Succeeded by
Gary Hocking
Preceded by
Jim Clark
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1964 Formula One season
Succeeded by
Jim Clark
Preceded by
Inaugural
Can-Am Champion
1966 Can-Am season
Succeeded by
Bruce McLaren
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ian Black (swimmer)
BBC Sports Personality of the Year
1959
Succeeded by
David Broome
Preceded by
Jim Clark
Hawthorn Memorial Trophy
1964
Succeeded by
Jim Clark
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