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The Champion That Never Saw the Final Flag Fall

Many unenviable statistics exist in Formula 1. David Kennedy holds the record of the most DNQ's without ever managing to qualifying. Claudio Langes holds the record for the most DNPQ's without qualifying. There are some tragic statistics exist too with more than a driver per season being killed for the first two decades of the sport as a championship. My focus for this piece is a statistic that, considering the sports well earned reputation for danger is surprising and tragic. In the whole history of the sport there has only ever been one posthumous world driver's champion. The man was Jochen Rindt and he was the 1970 World Formula One drivers champion. His death prevented him from taking part in the last four races of t...

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