2. 1965 – Clark’s fourth in a row
Much as Ferrari, Jean Todt and Michael Schumacher would dominate the early 2000s, F1 in the early-to-mid 1960s was all about Lotus, Colin Chapman and Jim Clark. It was also a good time to be British, with six of the decade’s champions racing under the Union Jack colours (eight if you count Kiwi Jack Brabham’s 1960 and 1966 titles).
It was that man Clark though who really made his mark, particularly at the British Grand Prix, which the Scotsman won four times in a row from ’62 to ’65, and five times in total between ’62 and ’67. All the more impressive that he did so on three different circuits (Aintree, Brands Hatch, and Silverstone).
Now while the racing itself might not have been edge of your seat stuff, his run was flawless, the Lotus launching itself into the lead and staying there to take his fourth consecutive win of the season, setting Clark up for championship title number two in the process.
Silverstone ’65 also marked the the first time five British drivers had finished in the top five spots at the British Grand Prix.