Formula 1 – Remembering Jochen Rindt, Highlights from the IMAGO Archive.

Formula 1 – Remembering Jochen Rindt, Highlights from the IMAGO Archive.

Last month would have been F1 legend Jochen Rindt’s 80th birthday. IMAGO takes a look at Formula 1 archive highlights from the life of the ubiquitous driver, tragically cut short at the ripe age of 28.

‘Monza is famous for being a very very fast course’ said Jochen Rindt in that Austrian twang during his last interview before fatally crashing into the guardrails at the vicious parabolica turn. He was practising for the 1970 Italian Grand Prix which he planned to win and still managed to do so – his opponent Jacky Ickx did not score enough points to surpass Rindt, making Rindt the only posthumus world champion in Formula 1 archives. 

He knew that driving the revolutionarily fast but controversial Lotus 72 the way he did was risky business. He knew that his colleagues around him were dropping like flies from deadly crashes. He knew that his wife and young daughter were eagerly waiting for him at the finish lines. But he also knew that winning was his only option. 

Racing transcended the driver’s seat for Rindt. He launched an exhibition of race cars in Vienna and hosted a monthly motorsport TV show called Motorama. His wife, famous supermodel Nina Rindt, was also dedicated to the sport as they were the power-couple of their time. Always sitting trackside dressed to the nines and timing his laps with an orange Omega stopwatch, she once said in an interview that she never failed to pack a black dress in her suitcase at a Grand Prix since funerals were often a part of the sport. After he died and was declared World Champion, she accepted the award on his behalf with his greatest friend and competitor Jackie Stewart presenting the trophy. 

The German-born but Austrian-raised, adrenaline junky, TV personality, arm candy to a fashion-icon, outspoken scrawny ginger with a crooked nose and modest smile, would have turned 80 years old in April this year. Being one of the pioneers to bring Germany and Austria into the Formula 1 frenzy of the late 60’s and onwards, the IMAGO archive reveal the many sides to Rindt, on and off the track. 

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IMAGO / Motorsport Images | British Formula Two Championship. Rd 3. Jochen Rindt (Brabham BT10-Cosworth), 1st position, in the London Trophy race. 18 May 1964.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images | Jochen Rindt smokes a cigarette in the pits alongside his wife Nina and Lotus team boss Colin Chapman during the Austrian GP at Red Bull Ring. 16 August, 1970.
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IMAGO / WEREK | Jochen Rindt in his motorboat. 9 July, 1970.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images / Rainer Schlegelmilch | Jochen Rindt, Lotus 49B Ford during the French GP at Circuit de Charade. 6 July, 1969.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images / Rainer Schlegelmilch | Jochen Rindt during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. 4 September, 1966.
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IMAGO / WEREK | Jochen Rindt in his Lotus. 7 July, 1970.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images / Rainer Schlegelmilch | Jochen Rindt sits in his Lotus 72C Ford whilst mechanics work on the engine during the German GP at Hockenheimring. 2 August, 1970.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images / Rainer Schlegelmilch | Jochen Rindt beside the Maserati V12 engine of his Cooper T86 during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. 10 September, 1967.
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IMAGO / WEREK | Jochen Rindt and his wife Nina. 5 August, 1970.
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IMAGO / WEREK | Jochen Rindt and his wife Nina. 7 July, 1970.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images / Rainer Schlegelmilch | Jochen Rindt sits on his Cooper T73 Climax alongside Jo Siffert and John Cooper on the grid before the start during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. 12 September, 1965
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images | Jochen Rindt (Lotus 72C-Ford), 1st position, in the queue at the self service restaurant, in Brands Hatch, England. July, 1970.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images | Jochen Rindt (AUT), Cooper T77 Monaco GP. 30 May, 1965.
Formula 1 - Remembering Jochen Rindt, Highlights from the IMAGO Archive.
IMAGO / Thomas Zimmermann | Jochen Rindt in his Lotus-Cosworth. 21 June, 1970.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images / Rainer Schlegelmilch | Jochen Rindt presents his trophy to Lotus team boss Colin Chapman and wife Nina during the British GP at Brands Hatch. 18 July, 1970.
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IMAGO / Motorsport Images / Rainer Schlegelmilch | Jochen Rindt, Lotus 72C Ford crosses the finish line in first place during the French GP at Circuit de Charade. 5 July, 1970.
Image selection by Nina Güntzel. Written by columnist and IMAGO Picture Editor Sofia Bergmann, as part of our Formula 1 Series. Find more exclusive articles and archive photography in our Formula 1 Zine coming soon. 

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