The breathtaking Lotus 21 – Widescreen Gallery
Thanks to Jayson Fong, Form & Function.
A Lotus in British Racing Green. There’s not much in motor racing that is as iconic from the 1960s era of Formula 1.
But before a strong era of championship success in the 60s made by the winning form of Jim Clark and Graham Hill, Team Lotus had its first taste of Formula 1 success in the form of the Type 21 in 1961.
This was just in time for its debut at the season opening Monaco GP where it took 3rd and 4th. Later in the year, the 21 would take Team Lotus to victory for the very first time in a Formula 1 Championship race at the hands of Innes Ireland at Watkins Glen.
This first victory would be the first taste of the future for Team Lotus. ( Note: Stirling Moss had given the Lotus marque its first win at Monaco in 1961 driving a Rob Walker Racing entered Lotus 18)