The rise and fall of Lotus as an F1 superpower
On 8 October 1961, Innes Ireland claimed victory at the United States Grand Prix to herald the true arrival of a new Formula 1 giant. While Team Lotus endured plenty of highs and lows until the team folded over three decades later, Colin Chapman's squad made F1 history and helped shape the championship.
Sixty years ago, Innes Ireland took the first Formula 1 world championship win for Team Lotus in the United States Grand Prix.
Stirling Moss had already scored four victories for founder and designer Colin Chapman’s cars, run by the crack privateer Rob Walker squad, and Lotus was to become a true powerhouse over the next two decades.
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