Jo "Seppi" Siffert
Joseph Siffert

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Born July 7th 1936 in Fribourg, Swistzerland
Died October 24th 1971 at Brands Hatch, England
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After failing to qualify the Ecuire Nationale Suisse Lotus-Climax at the 1962 Monaco GP, Siffert joined the team of Georges Filipinetti who entered races as "Ecuire Filipinetti" or "Siffert Racing Team". For the final two "flyaway" races of 1964 (USA and Mexico), Siffert ran his car with Rob Walker's team and this proved to be the start of a long, though not particularly successful partnership.  Although he won several non-championship events, it was not until 1968 when Walker purchased a Lotus 49-DFV that Siffert was finally allowed to showcase his talent in a Grand Prix, winning the British GP at Brands Hatch. At the same time the Swiss was also heading Porsche's World Sportscar Championship team, winning the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Sebring 12 Hours in 1968.

Porsche paid for Siffert to join the works March team in 1970, mainly to stop him from being signed by Ferrari, but the season was a complete disaster with only 3 finishes in 12 starts (plus one non-qualification) and zero points. Despite this setback Siffert was offered the third Yardley BRM seat for 1971 and did not disappoint, taking fifth in the Championship with the highlight being Austria where he took the win, pole and fastest lap.

Year Team / # Starts Wins Poles F Lap Pts Pos
1962 Ecuire Filipinetti Lotus-Climax
Ecuire Filipinetti Lotus-BRM
2
1
0 0 0 0 -
1963 Siffert Racing Lotus-BRM 9 0 0 0 1 15th
1964 Siffert Racing Lotus-BRM
Siffert Racing Brabham-BRM
Siffert Racing Brabham-Climax
Rob Walker Racing Brabham-BRM
1
6
1
2
0 0 0 0
3
0
4
10th
1965 Rob Walker Racing Brabham-BRM 10 0 0 0 5 12th
1966 Rob Walker Racing Brabham-BRM
Rob Walker Racing Cooper-Maserati
1
7
0 0 0 0
5
14th
1967 Rob Walker Racing Cooper-Maserati 10 0 0 0 6 12th
1968 Rob Walker Racing Cooper-Maserati
Rob Walker Racing Lotus-Ford
1
11
0
1
0
1
0
3
12 7th
1969 Rob Walker Racing Lotus-Ford 11 0 0 0 15 9th
1970 March-Ford 12 0 0 0 0 -
1971 BRM 11 1 1 1 19 5th
 

TOTALS:

96 2 2 4 68  

 


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