Why was Graham Hill dumped by Lotus?
Posted 25 September 2000 - 20:29
Anybody with any info on the Hill/Lotus seperation, fill me in.
Posted 25 September 2000 - 20:50
Keep in mind that Hill suffered very, very serious injuries in the USGP and was supposed to be out for many months, if not a year, and perhaps even end his driving career. As simplistic as it sounds, that was a major factor in the decision. As with all things concerning Colin Chapman, nothing is ever easy or remotely simple, especially his handling of drivers.
Having said that, however, what makes you think Hill was "dumped?" Hill was already looking forward to the end of his career and realized that Rindt was -- justifiably in my opinion -- the franchise player for Team Lotus. It was time to move on and things took their course, although perhaps not as intended. Hill had already started looking for other opportunities earlier in 1969 and weighing his options when Fate intervened.
Posted 25 September 2000 - 20:55
Posted 25 September 2000 - 22:48
I think Don is right about the accident and that poor Graham was not the same driver after that. He suffered a broken right knee and disloacted left knee and torn ligaments.
And after all he was already 40.
And maybe he was dumped as unceremoniously as his son Damon was many years later...
Posted 30 September 2000 - 03:33
Posted 30 September 2000 - 13:35
The Shadow he drove in 73 was a disgrace in anybodies hands, and the subsequent Lolas, like all post 1970 Lola F1 efforts were pieces of over weight junk.
Now I am not saying that he was setting the world alight, but he never got back into trully competitive equipment.
Regarding his departure from GLTL, Jochen Rindt wanted to be undisputed number one, and in a similar situation to that of Niki Lauda years later, Colin Chapman thought he had seen Graham's last race and made other plans.
if the Lotus 72 had been sorted earlier in the year, and RWRT had got theirs earlier, we might have seen Graham nearer the front of the grid.
Posted 30 September 2000 - 14:08