Jo Siffert

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Jo Siffert bigraphy, stories - Swiss racing driver and motorcycle racer

Jo Siffert : biography

July 7, 1936 – October 24, 1971

Joseph Siffert (July 7, 1936 – October 24, 1971) was a Swiss racing driver.

Affectionately known as "Seppi" to his family and close friends, Siffert was born in Fribourg, Switzerland, the son of a dairy owner. He initially made his name in racing on two wheels, powering his way to the Swiss 350 cc motorcycle championship in 1959, before switching to four wheels with a Formula Junior Stanguellini. Siffert graduated to Formula One as a privateer in 1962, with a four-cylinder Lotus-Climax. He later moved to Swiss team Scuderia Filipinetti, and in 1964 joined Rob Walker’s private British Rob Walker Racing Team. Early successes included victories in the non-Championship 1964 and 1965 Mediterranean Grands Prix, both times beating Jim Clark by a very narrow margin. Siffert was married twice and to his second wife Simone during the height of his career in the late 1960s and at the time of his death in 1971. They had two children together, Véronique and Philippe.

Formula One results

Complete World Championship results

(key) (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 Pts
1962 Ecurie Nationale Suisse Lotus 21 Climax Straight-4 NED MONDNQ NC 0
Ecurie Filipinetti BEL10 GER12
Lotus 24 BRM V8 FRARet GBR ITADNQ USA RSA
1963 Siffert Racing Team Lotus 24 BRM V8 MONRet BELRet NED7 FRA6 GBRRet GER9 ITARet USARet MEX9 RSA 14th 1
1964 Siffert Racing Team Lotus 24 BRM V8 MON8 10th 7
Brabham BT11 NED13 BELRet FRARet GBR11 GER4 AUTRet ITA7
Rob Walker Racing Team USA3 MEXRet
1965 Rob Walker Racing Team Brabham BT11 BRM V8 RSA7 MON6 BEL8 FRA6 GBR9 NED13 GERRet ITARet USA11 MEX4 12th 5
1966 Rob Walker Racing Team Brabham BT11 BRM V8 MONRet 14th 3
Cooper T81 Maserati V12 BELRet FRARet GBRNC NEDRet GER ITARet USA4 MEXRet
1967 Rob Walker Racing Team / Jack Durlacher Cooper T81 Maserati V12 RSARet MONRet NED10 BEL7 FRA4 GBRRet GERRet CANDNS ITARet USA4 MEX12 12th 6
1968 Rob Walker Racing Team / Jack Durlacher Cooper T81 Maserati V12 RSA7 7th 12
Lotus 49 Cosworth V8 ESPRet MONRet BEL7 NEDRet FRA11
Lotus 49B GBR1 GERRet ITARet CANRet USA5 MEX6
1969 Rob Walker Racing Team / Jack Durlacher Lotus 49B Cosworth V8 RSA4 ESPRet MON3 NED2 FRA9 GBR8 GER11† ITA8 CANRet USARet MEXRet 9th 15
1970 March Engineering March 701 Cosworth V8 RSA10 ESPDNQ MON8 BEL7 NEDRet FRARet GBRRet GER8 AUT9 ITARet CANRet USA9 MEXRet NC 0
1971 Yardley-BRM BRM P153 BRM V12 RSARet 5th 19
BRM P160 ESPRet MONRet NED6 FRA4 GBR9 GERDSQ AUT1 ITA9 CAN9 USA2