- 1966 Formula One season
Previous = 1965
Current = 1966
Next = 1967The 1966 Formula One season included the 17th
FIA Formula OneWorld Championship season, which commenced on May 22, 1966, and ended on October 23after nine races.
The film "Grand Prix" is a fictionalized version of the season, which includes footage of the actual races edited together with footage of actors.
The season was the first of the '3 litre formula', which saw maximum engine capacity doubled from the previous season. British constructors were forced to look elsewhere after Climax's withdrawal from racing. Ferrari appeared to be as well prepared as in 1961, but
John Surteesleft the team after a dispute at Le Mans, joining Cooper. Jack Brabhamtook his third championship, this time in a car of his own manufacture. Bruce McLarenand Dan Gurneyemulated Brabham by building their own cars, though with little initial success. BRM and Lotus used 2 litre engines for much of the season. BRM's new H16 engine was largely unsuccessful, though Jim Clarkused one in his Lotus to win the US Grand Prix. Under new regulations, cars completing less than 90% of the race distance were not classified and did not receive points, even if they finished in the top six.
Non-Championship race results
Other Formula One races held in 1966, which did not count towards the World Championship.
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