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1963 Formula One season

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The 1963 Formula One season was the 14th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 14th FIA World Championship of Drivers, the sixth International Cup for F1 Manufacturers and numerous non-championship Formula One races. The World Championship commenced on 26 May 1963, and ended on 28 December after ten races.

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Season summary

Jim Clark won his first championship with seven wins to two by Graham Hill and one by John Surtees in a revised Ferrari. This record number of wins in a season was not equalled until Alain Prost won seven races in 1984 driving a McLaren MP4/2, and it was not beaten until 1988 when Ayrton Senna won eight races in the McLaren MP4/4 (ironically his team mate Prost again won seven races in 1988). However, unlike 1963 which only consisted of ten races, both the 1984 and 1988 seasons consisted of 16 races giving Clark a better winning ratio (70%) than either Prost (43.75%) or Senna (50%).

The ATS venture, founded by ex-Ferrari workers, a complete disaster which ruined Phil Hill's Grand Prix career, was unrelated to the late 1970s German operation which was marginally more successful.

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1963 FIA World Championship.

1963 Drivers' Championship final standings

Points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis at each round, with only the best six round results retained.

  • Italics indicate fastest lap
  • Bold indicates pole position
  • ‡ No points awarded as Hill's car was pushed at the start line.

    1963 International Cup for F1 Manufacturers – final standings

    Points were awarded on a 9–6–4–3–2–1 basis at each round with only the best six round results retained. Only the best placed car from each manufacturer at each round was eligible to score points.

  • Bold results counted to championship totals.
  • ‡ No points awarded as Hill's car was pushed at the start line.

    Non-Championship race results

    Other Formula One races were also held in 1963, which did not count towards the World Championship.

    References

    1963 Formula One season Wikipedia


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