F1weekly podcast # 474

F1weekly podcast number 474 a look back at 191

Image from the 2011 Calendar “Americana

Watkins Glen. New York State of mind. Track in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York welcomed Formula 1 for the first time in 1961. Scottish driver Innes Ireland gave Colin Chapman’s Team Lotus their first Grand Prix win. British drivers won at Watkins Glen for the first eight years.

Austrian Jochen Rindt scored his first Grand Prix victory at the Glen in 1969, followed by Emerson Fittipaldi’s maiden win in 1970. Francois Cevert scored his only win here in 1971.

Cevert lost his life in a vicious accident during qualifying for the 1973 US Grand Prix. Tragedy struck again the following year when Austrian Helmut Koinigg was killed in the race in only his second F1 start. In 1980, the last Grand Prix at Watkins Glen was won by Alan Jones.

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